Brandi Carlile to Allow Fully Vaccinated Fans, Chosen at Random, at Her Nashville Concert

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Jonathan Bernstein
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Brandi Carlile will perform her first live band concert since the start of the pandemic on March 28th, a livestreaming performance airing from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

On Thursday, Carlile announced that a select few vaccinated fans will be able to attend the concert in person. Fans who have either received their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, on or before March 14th can enter a lottery to be randomly chosen to join a limited number of vaccinated audience members inside the Ryman. Receiving the second of the two-shot vaccines or the single dose shot on the 14th would mean that adequate immunity from vaccination would be achieved two weeks later — the date of Carlile’s concert.

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“We have found a way for a small number of people to attend this Covid-compliant, socially distanced show in person,” Carlile said in a video to fans. In order to be entered, fans must submit their name, proof of full vaccination, and proof of their livestream ticket purchase to a special email address. Winners will be notified by March 25th.

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But while an unspecified number of vaccinated concertgoers will be attending Carlile’s show in the flesh, the March 28th performance is still primarily a livestream event and will have stricter capacity guidelines in place than a typical limited-capacity show at the Ryman. A spokesperson for Carlile clarified that the number of vaccinated fans attending will be “significantly lower” than the historic theater’s current limited capacity of 590 (or 25% of the Ryman’s capacity) for shows like an “Opry at the Ryman” performance on April 17th and Chase Rice on April 23rd. For those events, in addition to the limited 25% capacity, masks are required and seating is socially distanced.

Carlile won the Grammy for Best Country Song, for co-writing the Highwomen’s “Crowded Table,” at this year’s Grammy Awards. She’ll release her memoir, Broken Horses, next month.

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