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Live shows return to the Palladium Oct. 3

Bill DeYoung

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Blues guitarist Jose Ramirez (Oct. 3) placed second in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2019. Photo: joseramirezblues.com

The time is right, Palladium Theater executive director Paul Wilborn believes, to restore some semblance of normalcy to the venerable performing arts hall on 5th Avenue North.

Live shows are returning in October.

These are socially-distanced live shows, of course, with government-mandated spacing and safety requirements. Although Hough Hall (the main room) seats 831, only 181 reserved-seating tickets will be sold for each show.

Individuals and groups sitting together will be placed a safe distance from other patrons, Wilborn has announced.

Each 90-minute concert will run without intermission, the better to avoid concession and restroom lines. Masks will be required when entering and moving about the theater.

The initial, modest lineup is expected to be augmented soon at mypalladium.org. Tickets for all shows (at 8 p.m.) are $20, available now.

Saturday, Oct. 3 – Blues guitarist Jose Ramirez, with guest Anson Funderburgh and others to be announced.

Saturday, Oct. 10 – Standup comedy with Ward Smith, Helen Keaney, Lou Angelwolf and Tim The Dairy Farmer.

Saturday, Oct. 17 – Bossa Nova Guitars with Nate Najar and Phill Fest.

The live stuff begins just around the same time we’ll get a look at Palladium Presents, the video-recorded series (taped right there in Hough Hall, without an audience) featuring James Suggs, Jeremy Carter and La Lucha, Damon Fowler and others. Details are forthcoming.

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