With this week’s beginning of Phase 2 in Palm Beach County, at least two of its mid-sized theaters have begun to open their doors for public performances at reduced 33-percent capacities.
Boca Black Box, one of the first entertainment venues to attempt a cautious reopening back in May only to close a few weeks later and transition to streaming its shows, is giving it another go, hoping its clientele is finally ready to venture out. The west Boca theater will host its grand reopening on Friday with ‘80s tribute band the Party Express performing the sunshine-y, kitschy and synth-heavy hits of the Me Decade, followed on Saturday night by comedian Erik Myers. Both performances begin at 8 p.m., and both are “free” with a caveat: They’re actually presented at a discounted $25.75, admission that will then be transferred back to each ticketholder in the form of a gift card for the bar. So drink up and dance. Or laugh. Six part apart, of course.
Additionally, Arts Garage in Delray Beach is now offering in-person seating options for its “Music From Home: Live From Arts Garage” virtual concert series. Tonight (Wednesday, Sept. 16), tickets are available for singer Ariella McManus, a Sarasota native who performs eclectic world music with her guitarist husband, Nicolaas Kraster. Virtual live-stream tickets are $25; in-person tickets cost $120 per socially distanced table of two, four or six, so bring friends for the most cost-effective experience.
The series continues Saturday, Sept. 26, with Tanzanian-born guitarist/vocalist Julius Sanna and his three-piece band, who will perform rhythmically rich jazz and funk hybrids influenced by George Benson, Carlos Santana and Wes Montgomery. In-person tickets cost $90 per table.
Attending concerts at this time in life may still feel a little surreal, but it’s great to be able to write about live arts and culture again. Let’s hope these intrepid venues will lead the way toward more of it.