GREENVILLE – The drop in coronavirus infections and the increasing number of vaccinations aren’t the only sign that life is starting to return to a certain sense of normalcy.
It’s still only one direction, but in downtown Greenville, a sure sign is the return of live music and events.
The popular free outdoor concerts “Downtown Alive” and “Main Street Fridays” that were a staple before the pandemic are still on hold, but the city has a new live music option.
Greenville Heritage’s “Sound Check” series will begin April 7 and run until the end of September, every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the city said in a statement.
This joins the return of the popular Artisphere Festival on Mother’s Day weekend and the Saturday market downtown.
This concert series will be different from the other two musical events in that it will be held in a larger hall, the Peace Center Amphitheater, instead of the typical closed quarters of Main Street.
As with Artisphere and the Saturday Market, social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines will be in place.
The series requires reservations and an admission cost of $ 10 for a “secure space” that can accommodate up to four people. Tickets can be purchased at GVLsoundcheck.com. Coolers and drinks outside will not be allowed, but a drink delivery service will be available. No tent is allowed. Charis and blankets for use in pods are encouraged.
The concerts will follow guidelines set by state and federal health officials, including six-foot pod spacing, hand sanitizing stations, and requirements that attendees wear face coverings. when they are not eating or drinking.
The future of Downtown Alive and Main Street Fridays is on hold.
“While the city hopes to bring back its popular Thursday and Friday night concert series, there is currently no scheduled start date,” the statement said.
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