City Winery Atlanta to resume live concerts in October

City Winery Atlanta has arranged tables in its concert room to comply with social distancing rules. Photo: Contributed

Ponce City Market venue plans to hold shows for first time since March.

Live music will return to City Winery Atlanta in a few weeks.

The venue will hold its first concert since closing in March on Oct. 10 with a pair of shows from Raul Malo, frontman for The Mavericks.

Also on the reopening itinerary are four shows from Ken Ford, including two brunch concerts, on Oct. 17-18, and a performance by Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys on Nov. 1.

Tickets for the concerts will go on sale at noon Sept 25 via the City Winery website at citywinery.com/atlanta (VinoFile members can purchase 24 hours earlier).

As with other music venues that have cautiously reopened since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the industry six months ago, City Winery will present a reconfigured seating layout (tables spaced 6 feet apart) and a reduced capacity (130 in a room that usually seats 350).

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Additionally, guests are required to wear masks upon arrival, when moving about the room, when finished eating or drinking (the full wine and food menu will be available) and when a server is attending to the table; all City Winery employees will wear masks and gloves. Guests will be required to take a contactless temperature check and answer wellness questions upon arrival.

City Winery has also installed cameras to livestream shows in partnership with the Mandolin platform. The streaming platform offers full HD video and concert-quality audio, as well as public and private chats, watch parties and meet and greet experiences.

The Atlanta location of City Winery in Ponce City Market originally planned to return to concerts in July after reopening for takeout food and patio dining in June. But instead, most of the locations in the chain, including Philadelphia and Boston, temporarily closed in late July for the sake of public safety and ongoing “challenging conditions.”

City Winery is expected to announce a longer slate of shows in the next few weeks.

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