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Boarding House Park will host Lowell Summer Music Series concerts

Blues master Taj Mahal, left, with Kester Smith on drums and Bill Rich on bass, opens the Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park in Lowell in June 2010.
Blues master Taj Mahal, left, with Kester Smith on drums and Bill Rich on bass, opens the Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park in Lowell in June 2010. LOWELL SUN FILE PHOTO

LOWELL – While the 2021 Lowell Summer Music Series lineup is established and the first concert takes place next weekend, there’s more good news from Peter Aucella, series general manager.

Aucella told The Sun this week that organizers of the 12-show series has received clearance from the National Park Service to hold concerts and kids shows outdoors at iconic Boarding House Park.

Aucella added that the six-foot social distancing requirement is also being removed.

It’s big news. In May, The Sun reported that current NPS guidance states that “during periods of significant or high community transmission of COVID-19 as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NPS will encourage a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing between individuals or household units and require mask-wearing when physical distancing cannot be maintained.”

Aucella told The Sun at the time, “This requirement is not feasible for the Lowell Summer Music Series since the park is not large enough to meet the social-distancing requirement and accommodate the numbers of ticket purchases needed to make the series economically feasible.”

Starting with next Friday night’s season-opening show, Classic Albums Live: Hotel California, all concerts will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Any concerts that are moved indoors due to bad weather will take place at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. This is a change from past years when indoor shows would take place at Lowell High School.

Also, note that all headliners will be on stage right at 7:30 p.m. There will be no opening acts this year to shorten the duration of exposure to the crowd and limit intermission mingling in the aisles. There will be no intermissions.

The City of Lowell will provide free one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID shots at Lowell Summer Music Series concerts, subject to availability. You do not need to show an insurance card to receive the vaccine.

Unvaccinated visitors are advised to wear masks fully covering the nose and mouth in the entrance and audience areas both at Boarding House Park and at Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Attendees are asked to bring as few items as possible, to streamline the security screening process and minimize close interactions upon entry. Tickets on your phone or hard copy will be scanned by a touchless system.

Attendees are also urged to spread out and keep extra space between your group and others. Attendees are also asked to dispose of their own trash to reduce the spread of COVID.

The usual food concession stand will be replaced by a snack bar that features sweet and salty snacks, water and soft drinks. Patrons are instead urged to dine at downtown restaurants before or after the show.

Hand sanitizer will be available in multiple locations at Boarding House Park and Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Patrons are urged to wash their hands frequently.

Season passes remain on sale, but only until the first concert. There are also new e-gift cards that you can send to your favorite music lover for a special occasion. Available in any denomination, they never expire.

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