Newport's Southgate House Revival is ready to reopen its venue doors.
The Northern Kentucky favorite announced the news on social media, saying, "The Southgate House Revival is dedicated to bringing you the best live music experiences. We will be reopening on Friday, July 10th. Now, more than ever, we want to make sure our guests feel safe."
The post, which you can read on their Facebook page, goes on to outline their new COVID-19 safety protocols:
"Until further notice, our music events will be limited to 50 tickets each with an age requirement of 18+. In addition, tables and chairs will be set up to ensure social distancing, seating in the outdoor area has been expanded and hand sanitizer will be available in all restrooms. Every person entering the venue will be subject to a temperature check. Masks will be worn by our entire staff and strongly recommended for all in attendance. If you don’t have a mask, they will be available for purchase. Our staff will be cleaning and sanitizing multiple times."
They also recommend that due to capacity limits, you purchase your tickets in advance online. And, obviously, don't go to a concert if you're sick.
"These are difficult times, but we believe that live music can still be enjoyed if all of us approach upcoming events responsibly," the post concludes.
She said it’s important for venues like hers to be a resource for smaller artists and bands to gain recognition. She cites groups like The Black Keys, Band of Horses and the White Stripes as currently established acts who played early shows at the Southgate House.
“None of those artists, when they first started out, had that corporate machine behind them that gets the word out. So, we kind of help get the word out. There’s a circuit of musicians that rely on independent venues in this part of the country,” she said.
Some upcoming shows? Atlanta Garage Rocker Rod Hamdallah is slated to perform July 10. Reign Over Me, Trash Knight, The Human Tragedy and MCRNR are up July 11. And Bluegrass guitarist Molly Tuttle's scheduled show from March is now Aug. 15 (check out Tuttle's newly released cover of The National's "Fake Empire"). You can see the full upcoming concert lineup at southgatehouse.com.
In addition to concerts, the Southgate House is also streaming some Rock docs online, in partnership with Magnolia Films and the National Independent Venue Association. A portion of film rental fees will go to benefit the Southgate House Revival and its operation funds.
This week you can rent Bad Reputation. It costs $3.99 and 30% of the net proceeds will go to the venue.