MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Owners of live music venues are excited to bring performances back when Dane County’s mask mandate is lifted on Tuesday.
Café CODA owner Hanah Jon Taylor said jazz music is an important art form.
“Art is crucial, and I think the pandemic has proven that to be true,” Jon Taylor said. “When we have art in our lives and in our immediate vicinity, when we can hear it, touch it and feel it in our everyday lives, it makes life more improving.”
Café CODA had canceled all programs and planned concerts from the end of December to the end of February, with reference to a concern for society as a whole. The company had some livestream events, but now it feels more comfortable to hold events now that the health authorities from Dane Co. lets the mask mandate expire.
Harmony Bar and Grill Owner Brennan Nardi brings the music back as early as Friday night. Under Public Health Madison Dane County guidelines, they will not require patrons or staff to wear masks.
“For two years we have been following the rules very closely,” Nardi said. “My staff is fully vaccinated and most of us are boosted. We have done the right thing and now it is time to get started again. “
Nardi said she is excited to give concerts that make the neighbors smile. Many events over the last two months have been canceled due to COVID-19 complications.
“They’ve been loyal incredible customers for the last two years, but I think they’re ready to come back, have fun, listen to live music and eat good food,” she said.
“So I’m asking you,” Jon Taylor said. “Is not art crucial? I believe it is.”
He turns 72 on Wednesday and plans to celebrate it with a Jazz performance at Café CODA.
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