Indoor live entertainment makes a comeback with Louisiana’s Phase 3

Local musician is eager to hit the high notes
Published: Mar. 12, 2021 at 8:53 AM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Live entertainment has been off-limits for a year but now that Louisiana has moved into phase 3, live music is back inside with some restrictions. Either way, musicians are ready to hit those high notes.

“I’m excited, I’ve been stuck in the house for the most part for a year, I’m ready to get out and play. I feel like a lot of people in Louisiana and in America and around the world are ready for that too,” said musician Josh Love.

Phase 3 allowed bars to increase indoor capacity to 25 percent and bars in parishes with a 5 percent positivity rate or lower, can open indoors at 50 percent capacity and offer live music.

Love says there’s a laundry list of restrictions, like social distancing, sanitizing the performance area, and not sharing music stands or water bottles.

For business owners, indoor entertainment has also been a long time coming

“So happy to be back. I think I was at a point no matter what was said. I was like, I’m tired of this. I’ll just be honest with you. I just want the men and women that work with us that play music to be able to make a living. That’s it. That’s all I want to do,” said the owner of 2 Dudes Brew & Que Kevo Meredith.

Meredith said indoor entertainment has been a big part of 2 Dudes Brew and Que. He said business has been difficult without it.

“I’m ready to go out there and just have a good time and have watched other people have a good time,” said Love.

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