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Live entertainment venues struggle to open

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Live entertainment venues struggle to open

Live entertainment clubs fail to reopen after March’s pandemic shut down stuff.

A sign on Vine St. in Over-the-Rhine still states “live jazz music,” but in three months there has been no single artist walking into the Point Jazz and Acoustic Club of Schwartz.

Owner Zarleen Watts said she could reopen her intimate bar with limited capacity but it’s not cheap live entertainment.

“What happens is a big chunk of money. And if I open up now and don’t get enough people in, we ‘d just lose whatever money we’ve got to float through,” Watts said.

The music hall pulls all the way into its 80’s with a sea of people in its 20’s.

Before the pandemic hit, Managing Partner Sharon Forton said in Newport, Kentucky, it would have been a busy night at Dueling Piano Bar in Gangsters.

Forton said the reopening is tricky.

Live entertainment struggles

Kentucky ‘s indoor dining areas can open at 33 percent, but this venue typically attracts people in larger groups. Without live entertainment, Forton believes this could do more harm than good.

“We were thinking of opening without it, but that would be weird. Then people would go out and say that we were gangsters and that wasn’t that fun, “she said.

The Madison Theater is a popular spot in Covington that has had to cancel or postpone all of its shows.

Sean Lynn, the Nederlander Entertainment Marketing Director, said the venue had plans in the works. But the state did not have many guidelines.

The last three months, it has been used to evaluate the market in order to restart even stronger.

“We ‘re trying to come up with some standards to lay the groundwork for those cross-the-board re-openings for all Cincinnati city venues, “Lynn said.

The timeline for reopening those venues remains uncertain.

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