Two metro venues are about to reopen for in-person concerts under pandemic guidelines. Crooners Supper Club in Fridley kicks off its live shows on Jan. 28, with Minneapolis’ Parkway Theater doing the same on Valentine’s Day.
Crooners — which staged 227 live outdoor concerts from June through November — will host concerts at half capacity on both its main stage and smaller Dunsmore Jazz Room. Newly installed COVID-19 precautions include dedicated HVAC systems for both rooms and protective plexiglass for first-row seating.
So far, Crooners has booked a month’s worth of acts, starting Jan. 28 with acoustic musician Michael Monroe and vocal group Moore by Four. Other shows include jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson (Jan. 29-30); a tribute to Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon (Feb. 5); and a CD release show for blues singer Joyann Parker (Feb. 19-20).
In addition to the in-person concerts, Crooners will present at least one free live-streamed concert each week, usually from the Dunsmore Jazz Room, in partnership with the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, along with a pay-per-view concerts from the main stage.
“We understand how we all are making individual choices about how to handle the re-entry into indoor dining, something our economy and our community health depend on,” said Crooners owner Mary M. Tjosvold in a news release. “That is why we are committed to giving our customers real options, and providing shows that can be enjoyed at home, or with us in-person.”
For further details and tickets, see croonersmn.com.
The Parkway Theater is hosting a 12-week series running Sundays Feb. 14 through May 2 at 25 percent capacity.
Dubbed The Church of the Lost Souls, the series will see Billy McLaughlin and SimpleGifts joined by a new guest each week, starting with Michael Monroe. Described as an “intimate, listening-room style series celebrating live music and community,” the shows will feature a mix of originals and covers and end with a Q&A with McLaughlin and his guest.
Tickets are $29 in advance and $39 at the door. The concerts will also be live-streamed with a pay-what-you-can ticket price. For more information, see theparkwaytheater.com.