socially distant Travis McCready show postponed in Arkansas, set for Saturday in Missouri
The socially-distanced show from Bishop Gunn frontman Travis McCready at Arkansas venue TempleLive booked for Friday, May 15 -- which would have been one of the first pandemic-era shows to be held in the US -- is now being postponed, as Pitchfork reports. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson had given Monday, May 18 as the date live events could resume in the state, with restrictions; when McCready and TempleLive attempted to go ahead with the show despite it falling on an earlier date, Hutchison issued a cease and desist order on the venue, and, as 40/29 News reports, suspended its liquor license.
TempleLive has now applied to move the show to the 18th. Capacity may also need to be addressed: while the venue previously said it would reduce its capacity 80%, from 1100 to 229 people, seated in separate "fan pods," current Arkansas restrictions prohibit indoor gatherings of more than 50 people. In a press conference on Thursday (5/14), a venue operator said they were trying to get approval to host more than that.
Meanwhle, in Missouri, where earlier this month Governor Mike Parsons said concerts and other live events could resume, McCready has another show booked, which now will likely take place before the Arkansas date. It's scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at Tall Pines Distillery in Pineville, MO, and 400 tickets are up for sale, Billboard reports.
"We have this big beautiful open field and it just worked out where [McCready] could come and we could host it," Tall Pines Distillery owner Tara Cook told Billboard. "We don’t get a lot of big-name people in our area. It might be the only time we can get someone of that magnitude. When [TempleLive] called and Travis could come, I said, ‘Absolutely. Let’s make it happen.’"
"We have spoken to the local officials and I just got off the phone a minute ago with the Mayor of Pineville," she continued. "The head health department lady was there for the state and she says, ‘You guys are doing everything that needs to be done.'"
Attendees will need to bring their own seating, and they'll find spaced apart outdoor bathrooms and drink stations to use, Cook told Billboard. "Our field is so large, 400 people isn’t going to look like that many people," she said. "We are taking all of those precautions."