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Area amphitheaters are ready for the shows to go on -- at full capacity

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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It looks to be a noisy summer for music fans in the wake of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's announcement Thursday, May 20, lifting attendance restrictions for events around the state.

313 Presents issued a statement saying it is thrilled to safely welcome back guests and artists" at its venues, including suburban amphitheaters the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Independence Township, the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre in Rochester Hills and the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights. In recent weeks the Detroit-based company -- which also runs Little Caesars Arena and the Fox Theatre and books events at Comerica Park -- has been announcing a steady stream of concerts for the summer and into the fall.

With Whitmer's order taking effect starting June 1 for outdoor events, the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre is slated to be the first out of the gate with country star Maren Morris on June 18. DTE's first show, at the moment, is slated to start with Rod Stewart and Cheap Trick on July 23 -- after a repeat of last summer's popular "Jurassic Quest" dinosaur drive-through show in the parking lot -- while Meadow Brook's only event at the moment is the Michigan Opera Theatre's production of "Cavalleria in Concert" on June 12.

The venues have concerts booked into October, while Billy Joel's July 9 show at Comerica Park is still on. Little Caesars and the Fox Theatre currently have events listed to start during September.

Detroit's Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, meanwhile, recently announced a Wednesday night jazz concert series starting July 7 and running through September.

In its statement 313 says it has "worked with public health advisors, medical experts and government officials to develop a comprehensive plan that enables guests, artists and colleagues to safely return and enjoy live events." Those measures will include "the required completion of an Event Wellness survey no more than 24 hours prior" to an event, cashless payment options and a no-bag policy. The venues will also employ "CDC-recommended cleaning enhancements."

The company has made no mention of mask or vaccination requirements. It plans to update its protocols directly to ticketholders as well as via its web site (313Presents.com) and social media.

Some indoor venues in the metro area, such as the Diesel Concert Lounge in Chesterfield and the Token Lounge in Westland, have been hosting concerts to limited capacities, while others have begun booking shows for later in the year in anticipation of the restrictions being lifted.

Web Site: www.313Presents.com

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