How are Tuscaloosa’s Biggest Venues Amid COVID? Could be Better, Could be Worse

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Many are asking how Tuscaloosa entertainment venues are surviving amid the COVID-19 Pandemic.

So WVUA 23’s Chelsea Barton checked in with two long standing staples here in the Druid City.

Remember the days of concerts and live music?

We don’t know when large-scale events will be returning, but in the meantime the venues that host them are doing the best they can.

“We have lost well over 100 days of rentals since the start of COVID,” said the Arts Council Executive Director Sandy Wolfe. “So, it has been detrimental to the arts community and to the Bama Theatre.”

The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa runs the historic Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa.

“One of the positives that has come out of COVID-19 is it has given us the opportunity to be a little more creative,” said Arts Council Publicist Kevin Ledgewood.

The Arts Council is excited to announce its first event in some time, scheduled for later this month.

“Something that we have coming up on Sept. 25 is Live from the Bama, Tuscaloosa Virtual Music Experience and that will feature two local bands,” Ledgewood said. “We are going to offer that concert for both a live and virtual audience. So we are really excited about that.”

If you’re interested in helping support the Arts Council, you can donate right here.

Meanwhile, the pandemic forced the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, the city’s largest entertainment venue, to wipe it’s 2020 lineup clean.

“All the shows that we had confirmed this year have been either postponed or canceled,” said Tuscaloosa Director of Public Services Stacy Vaughn. “So we are looking at a great season next year. Red Mountain is actively searching for new talent to bring next year and we are re-negotiating contracts for those that were confirmed already for this year, so I think it is going to be a fabulous season. Hopefully everything is back to normal by then.”

For those wondering about the financial state of the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, there’s good news.

“We don’t pay for the shows unless we have them, so there is no financial commitment from the city to pay for any of the ones we contracted with for this year,” Vaughn said. “It is really not going to impact us until next year when we see how those shows play out.”

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