For the first time since February 2020, the Strathmore Musical Arts Society is hosting a concert at the Strathmore Travelodge.
The concert is being held in partnership with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and as Linda Storkson will tell you, “We have Alberta Health Services (AHS) approval.”
Brooke Quinn, Marketing Manager for the Musical Arts Society, said the team is bringing back some town favorites and is optimistic about being able to move forward.
“It is the Blake Reid Band and Over the Moon. We’ve featured them I know for sure, two times in the past, and opening for them is Locals,” she said.
“They’re excited to get out and be able to play live music again and we know they’re a hit with Strathmore and area, so we thought why not?”
Boasting an entry fee that won’t cost an arm and a lung, that’ll get attendees a three course meal with their admittance to the event.
“Of course, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 are required for entry,” added Quinn. “We’ve been in talks with AHS and they said that we’re okay to go ahead as normal as long as we make sure people are vaccinated or they’ve had a negative test.”
“It’s nice that we’ll be able to run as usual. I know people are probably excited to be able to get out and actually do stuff now.”
The Musical Arts Society had previously scheduled the Two Bit Bandits to play at an event earlier in the year, but due to enhanced health restrictions at the time, the event was cancelled shortly before it was scheduled to operate.
Quinn said she is optimistic for attendance to the event, provided people are comfortable coming out. Believes it will help attract an audience, knowing that vaccinations are required.
“I know that Blake Reid Band and Over the Moon are both very popular in the community, and last time I believe it was a sold-out show.”
The team is hoping to see a crowd of between 100 and 150 people turn out to see the show. Quinn said this was a figure based on the capacity of the venue as well as operational guidelines.
Folks attending will be required to wear masks when not at their tables and not on the dance floor.
Tickets to the show are being made available at Assist Business Centre, ConnectFirst Credit Union, Pro Water Systems, and Strathmore Home Hardware. The show is set to play on Saturday, Nov. 6, with doors opening at 6 p.m.
John Watson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Strathmore Times