The Country Music Hayride returns from its COVID-19 hiatus with ‘A 50’s Sock Hop Concert’ Saturday, June 27 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. at the Esquire Theatre in downtown Carthage.
Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 6-13, and free for children under 6. Concessions will be available and social distancing guidelines will be followed.
Hayride Bands Dusty Boots and Southern Impact will play an assortment of songs from the 1950’s, Carthage Main Street Manager Cindy Deloney said. They will perform in front of the Esquire Theater’s screen, which will be playing videos and commercials from ‘50s as a backdrop.
Deloney encouraged the community to come out to the show.
“It’s going to be a really cool show,” she said. “It’s a very different show for us, so it’s going to be a lot of fun, and I think that people who haven’t come to see us before, if people have never come to see us before, this would be the one to come to because it’s going to be a lot of fun, and our bands are amazing.”
Deloney said they will be following all the social distancing guidelines that are on the Open Texas Checklist. Every other row of seats will be closed, with two seats left open between groups. There will be hand sanitizer available and signs to remind everyone to social distance. The people working in the concessions will be wearing masks. There is no mask requirement for guests.
The Esquire has been closed since February due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Deloney said the bands are really excited to get to start playing music again for a live audience. The last thing they did was the Radio-a-thon, which did not have a live audience this year. Deloney said they appreciate everyone’s support with that fundraiser.
Deloney said getting back a live audience is important for the Country Music Hayride and the Esquire.
“The artists, the musicians, they need that audience, and then we also need those people to support us so that we can continue doing what we do plus more and keep that building going in the direction that we know we’ve had it going in, keeping it up,” Deloney said. “And we’ve got all our bills and our insurance and all the things that we’ve got to pay, so it’s really important that we get our audience back as soon as possible.”