CAIRO — Friday was supposed to mark the first of the City of Cairo’s 2020 downtown concert series, but concerns over the spread of COVID-19 led to the event being canceled.
Main Street director Alyssa Blakley said it is not likely that Friday’s concert, which was to feature folk rock singer and Cairo native Ralph Roddenbery, will be rescheduled. Blakley did suggest, however, that Roddenbery could be tapped to fill an open concert slot later this year if he is available.
City officials had planned for four downtown concerts in 2020, with additional events scheduled in June, August and October, and more than $15,000 was raised at a benefit concert last month to fund the series throughout the year. But with the novel coronavirus still widespread throughout the state, and the possibility of a resurgence of the virus later in the fall, Blakley said there was a not insignificant chance that the other concerts planned this year will have to be scrapped as well to prevent exposure to hundreds of event attendees.
2020欧冠名单“All of the musicians are basically grounded right now,” she said. “They’re not able to get out and play concerts. I think once we see that everything has been lifted with them, I think that’s when I’ll know that the time is right for us to proceed with these events.”
Friday’s concert isn’t the only city event that has been canceled or rescheduled due to the coronavirus. Events scheduled at the Grady Cultural Center for the past two months have had to be put on hold, and several nonprofit events in the community, such as Thomas University’s Casino Night, have been postponed. The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce’s Great Southern Antique Car Rally, one the city’s biggest annual events, also has been pushed back to later in the year.
2020欧冠名单Other concerts scheduled later in the year are still set to take place at this time, though Blakley said none of them will take place until Gov. Brian Kemp’s emergency order to shelter in place is lifted. June’s concert is set to feature Southward Soul, a southern rock group from Pelham, while the August event will be headlined by bluegrass group Blue Holler. Blakley said Roddenbery could be asked to perform in the still-unfilled October slot.
That all depends on whether it’s safe for citizens to be out in public spaces.
“I think it’s going to be one of those things where we just kind of take it day by day and see what’s happening,” Blakley said. “We’re going to follow all of the protocols in order to keep our community safe.”