As I was scrolling through Instagram, I started to notice ads for concerts popping up on my feed, something that hasn’t happened in a long time. I questioned it for a minute. Maybe they just didn’t take down their posts from last year, I thought. I was wrong.
Since the vaccines are starting to become more accessible, venues are slowly starting to open up again with limited capacity. Obviously, it’s meant for local artists but it’s still something! I’ve subscribed to a few music venue’s emails that share events that are happening and it turns out they are planning on hosting concerts later this month.
I haven’t gotten vaccinated yet and I’m a little concerned about concerts and events starting back up again. Even once I get it, I know others still won’t have access to the vaccine. As much as I’d like to see the performers I love play here in Chicago, I don’t think I’m ready for it (physically and financially..). My friend Zac McCarthy is a musician. When I asked him about music venues opening up again and him possibly performing this summer, he was excited but cautious.
“I’m a huge music guy and concerts were one of my favorite activities, so I’ll be back out at the venues the second I feel it’s safe,” McCarthy said. “I’d like to try and be vaccinated before that time comes, but I’m not sure if that’ll be possible, so seeing venues still taking precautions after they open will be a big deal for me.”
As he continues to release music, he is fortunate enough to be able to participate in live streams hosted by Columbia College Chicago to promote his music and perform. Many musicians participate in live streams with links to their PayPal and Venmo accounts to gain financial support. This is great, but I feel like it’s not the same as performing in front of a crowd. I know artists are craving a crowd at their shows, but many have postponed their tours.
My fear is that the vaccines aren’t going to be as effective as people say and the COVID-19 cases rise again. Do you think I’m overreacting, or are you still a little skeptical about music venues opening back up?
By Abra Richardson, Freshman, Columbia College Chicago