In recent weeks, concert attendees have been forced to reckon with an uninvited interloper: the delta variant. While some shows have been cancelled, festivals postponed, etc., many venues across the country are responding with vaccine or negative-COVID-test mandates. Many of the new edicts won’t go into effect for another month.
In the meantime, artists and venues alike are encouraging masking and moving shows out of doors.
Here’s what we’re masking up for this week.
The Convalescence – Thursday, August 19
Jack Rabbits | San Marco
Popular deathcore sextet The Convalescence celebrates ten years of symphonic metalcore with a stop at San Marco’s Jack Rabbits. The Toledo, Ohio natives will have heavy support from a roster of fellow metalheads, including Filth and Blood of Angels. Doors at 7 p.m.
Steve Earle & The Dukes – Friday, August 20
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall | Ponte Vedra
Prolific singer-songwriter and polymath Steve Earle plays cuts from his vast catalog––which dates back to 1986’s critically acclaimed Guitar Town––at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall with his band The Dukes. Earle’s latest is J.T., an LP of songs written by his son, the late Justin Townes Earle, a standout singer-songwriter in his own right. Doors at 7 p.m.
Kairos Creature Club – Saturday, August 21
Mockshop Music Exchange | Murray Hill
Featuring Lena Simon of La Luz, James Scott Rubia of Animal Clinic, and two members of the JME team––Glenn Michael Van Dyke (Boytoy) and Matthew Shaw (The Mother Gooses)––indie rock collective Kairos Creature Club celebrates the release of its debut EP on Greenway Records with a performance in the backyard of Murray Hill musical instrument retailer Mockshop Music Exchange. Teal Peel opens the show. Masks required. Doors at 7 p.m.