Baton Rouge, LA (NBC 33/Fox 44)
It looks like Louisianians could be back to enjoying live music indoors soon. It’s just one indoor concert in Baton Rouge this weekend. But it’s one that many are hoping will pave the way for more.
It’s set to happen tomorrow night at the Texas Club, which has been bringing live music to the Capitol City for decades. After having no shows for the past few months, they decided it was time to bring in a local favorite, Parish County Line.
It was a tall order too, since under Louisiana’s Phase 2 guidelines, venues are only allowed to host live music outdoors. However, in outlining the standards, Governor John Bel Edwards did allow for business owners to make requests for exceptions. And that’s just what the owners of the Texas Club did.
“We spoke to the powers that be and they came and inspected us and they’re giving us a “test run” on live entertainment,” according Mike Rogers, who co-owns the Texas Club with his brother Mark.
That test run is happening with some rules. Every guest will be offered a mask at the door. The club will be operating at 25 percent capacity. And the tables have to be at least twelve feet from the stage and separated for social distancing.
However, a spokesperson for the State Fire Marshall’s Office late today said the show at the Texas club has NOT been approved. We are told state officials are currently working on guidelines that would allow all venues to have indoor shows. But there’s no timeline on that at this point.
For his part, Rogers told us “Everybody has to be seated, so we’ll have 250 seats out. And the only time you get up is to go to the bar or go to the restroom.”
Parish County Line lead singer Derek Shipley says that won’t be a problem as they have a great show planned for those who attend.
“Since we have tables and everybody’s gonna be sittin down, and listening, it might make it a more intimate show and you know, get the crowd involved,” Shipley told us.
Due to the limited capacity, Texas Club owners say this concert won’t be a money maker. But, Mike says, that’s not really what this is all about. “We’re just trying to break the ice and trying to get live music back on stages in Louisiana.”
The show is set for Saturday, June 13th at the Texas Club. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which also features an opening act, begins at 9. For details on ticket availability, visit the Texas Club’s website.