As the lineup for the 2021 Lowell Summer Music Series is set and the first concert takes place next weekend, we have some news to report, and that’s good news for the audiences enjoying the shows at Boarding House. Park.
LSMS chief executive Peter Aucella told The Sun they had received permission from the National Park Service to hold outdoor concerts and children’s shows at Boarding House Park. Aucella added that the 6ft social distancing requirement is also being removed.
Beginning with next Friday night’s season opener, Classic Albums Live: Hotel California, all concerts will be held outdoors, weather permitting. All concerts moved indoors due to inclement weather will be held at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. This is a change from years past when indoor shows were held at Lowell High School.
Please also note that all headliners will be on stage at 7:30 p.m. There will be no opening act this year to shorten the amount of exposure to the crowd and limit intermissions in the aisles. There will be no intermission.
The City of Lowell will provide free one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines at Lowell Summer Music Series concerts, subject to availability. You do not need to present an insurance card to receive the vaccine.
Unvaccinated visitors are advised to wear masks that fully cover their nose and mouth upon entry and in the audience areas at both Boarding House Park and Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
Attendees are requested to bring as few items as possible, to streamline the security screening process and minimize close interactions upon entry. Tickets on your phone or on paper will be scanned by a contactless system.
Participants are also encouraged to spread out and keep extra space between your group and others. Attendees are also encouraged to dispose of their own trash to reduce the spread of COVID.
The usual food stand will be replaced by a snack bar offering sweet and savory snacks, water and soft drinks. Instead, guests are invited to dine at downtown restaurants before or after the show.
Hand sanitizer will be available at several locations at Boarding House Park and Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Customers are asked to wash their hands frequently.
If you’re a Lowell Summer Music Series fan, or just want to get out of the house a few times this summer, season tickets are still on sale, but only until the first concert. There are also new e-gift cards you can send to your favorite music lover for a special occasion. Available in any denomination, they never expire.
Stay safe, everyone, and enjoy the show!