Update: ACL Live postpones socially distanced Fourth of July concert

A statue of Willie Nelson sits in front of ACL Live at the Moody Theater at the corner of Lavaca and Second streets. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
A statue of Willie Nelson sits in front of ACL Live at the Moody Theater at the corner of Lavaca and Second streets. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

A statue of Willie Nelson sits in front of ACL Live at the Moody Theater at the corner of Lavaca and Second streets. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Update: ACL Live announced on its website this event has been postponed until further notice after the city of Austin moved to Stage 4 of its coronavirus risk protocols. "We were excited to have an opportunity to provide local artists with a gig and fans with a live music experience, bu community health and safety come first," said ACL Live general manager and director of booking Colleen Fischer in a statement.

Original story: Nine Austin performers spread out among five stages downtown will perform on the Fourth of July in a live music performance hosted by Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater.

The lineup for the “Red. White & Willie Nelson Blvd.” performance will feature a lineup including local artists Jackie Venson, Brownout and Walker Lukens performing at 3TEN ACL Live—a venue smaller than ACL Live’s mainstage located next door to the ACL Live box office—and four outdoor venues, which include the Trace restaurant patio and the W Austin’s pool deck.

“By having these completely separate, mostly outdoor spaces in close proximity at ACL Live, 3TEN, and W Austin, we’re in the unique position of being able to host an intimate event to satisfy those needs in a responsible way that keeps our guests, staff, and performers safe,” said Colleen Fischer, the general manager and director of booking for ACL Live and 3TEN, in a media release.

Safety measures will include temperature checks, health questionnaires and hand sanitizing for everyone before entering. Sanitizer will be available throughout each of the five spaces, and capacity will be monitored to avoid overcrowding with chairs, tables and floor markings to help guests keep their distance, according to the event website.

Staff will wear face coverings, which are also “encouraged but not required” for guests, according to the website. The ACL Live concert floor will be set up as an air-conditioned lounge area.

Travis County reported more than 100 new daily cases of the coronavirus for five of the seven days during the week of June 8-14. The previous single-day high for new cases was 88. On June 14, the seven-day moving average of new hospitalizations, an indicator public health officials have been keeping a close eye on, was 20.6.

By exceeding a threshold of 20 average daily hospitalizations, the county moved into a higher risk stage for the coronavirus June 14, which could lead officials to impose new restrictions on businesses. Local leaders are scheduled to speak about new orders at 2:30 p.m. June 15.

On June 12, the Austin Symphony Orchestra announced that the annual H-E-B Austin Symphony July 4th Concert & Fireworks event at Auditorium Shores will not take place this year. The event regularly brings about 100,000 people to downtown Austin, according to the ASO. This is only the second time in its more than 40-year history it has been canceled.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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