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Cancellations and postponements:
Tempe-based Lakeshore Music, Inc. has canceled its remaining six-concert 2021 winter-spring season due to the continued closure of Tempe Center for the Arts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lakeshore president Woody Wilson said that those who purchased season subscriptions will have their money refunded. Subscribers are being contacted with details.
Lakeshore plans to return in September, 2021, with a ten-concert schedule that will run through May of 2022.
“COVID has resurged with a vengeance, and the bulk of our 2021 season at TCA has evaporated with it,” Wilson said. “As of last week, City of Tempe management has appropriately decided that the Tempe Center for the Arts will not be open for live indoor performances in January, February and possibly March.
“Who knows what comes after March and into the spring months? Trying to rush a rebound from a global pandemic by scheduling live shows has been a humbling exercise in futility.”
Lakeshore lost the final three shows of its 2019-2020 season last spring due to COVID. After the TCA remained shuttered into fall of 2020, Lakeshore retooled its 2020-2021 lineup into a six-show series that was to have begun in January 2021 and run through May, including a live-streaming option to season subscribers who were uneasy about attending shows during the pandemic.
“For 12 years, Lakeshore Music has been about creating an inviting and inspiring musical community for our patrons and artists,” Wilson said. “Like an art gallery, we hang a new show once a month and invite our friends to come and enjoy it with us. “In the process, a welcoming social scene has evolved at the TCA, where friends meet for an elegant evening of live jazz in a beautiful setting. This season would have been our best in every respect. But, the vagaries of life intervened.”
Wilson said that he has commitments from artists or groups for the 2021-22 season and is in the process of reconfirming and rebooking dates with them. The new series will go on sale in May 2021. “And, barring another planetary catastrophe, there will be a next season,” Wilson said. “We are not alone. Venues and presenters throughout the world, large and small, are faced with the same realities. When it comes to live performances, everything is an experiment for at least the next year. We’ve survived two global economic meltdowns and a pandemic. After 12 years, I have no intention of stopping any time soon.”
In the meantime, Wilson plans to take some time away.
“As for me, I’m taking some mental-health time to go fly fishing and explore the Southwest in my motor home,” he said. “I will return renewed, refreshed and 25 pounds lighter.”
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