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    Live music returns to Moab Backyard Theater

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    Have you been missing live music the last few months? Well, then you’re in luck! The Moab Backyard Theater in downtown Moab, will be among the first live music venues to reopen in the entire USA, hosting a lineup of local acts Tuesday through Thursday starting tonight, June 2.

    this is an image of the Quicksand Soup band performing.
    The Quicksand Soup band is part of the weekly entertainment at the newly reopened Moab Backyard Theater. Courtesy photo

    “It’s going to be a fun musical experiment,” said owner Sand Sheff. “We have been getting a lot of requests for us to bring music back since the big lockdown eased a bit, so we are going to give it a try, using county Health Department guidelines. We are a unique and safe environment for entertainment , since we are completely open air. There’s not even any doors to open or admission, just walk on in. Have a seat and relax! We feel we can offer an experience that is unavailable almost anywhere else in America right now.”

    Nearly all music venues remain shuttered due to the crisis, and most bars have been unable to figure out how to reopen for music and still maintain social distance. The Backyard Theater will utilize Health Department guidelines, including distance between groups and a limited maximum capacity.

    “It’ll be first come, first serve, with a request that everybody just please give everybody else lots of space. Other than that, just enjoy the tunes,” said Sheff. On top of it all, most shows are free, though donations are cheerfully accepted to keep the theater open. All cash donations can be dropped into a can filled with soapy water, and the soggy money will be dried and used later by the starving and desperate musicians to purchase essential provisions.

    Tuesdays feature Sand and Sunnie performing original and acoustic classics. On Wednesday, Free Bluegrass Night returns with Quicksand Soup, one of the premiere bluegrass bands in the Four Corners. On Thursday nights, a new show, “Saints and Sinners” will showcase a mix of classic country and gospel music. “That should be interesting,” ruminated Sheff.

    Friday and Saturday lineups will be announced soon. The Backyard Theater is located at 56 W. 100 South in downtown Moab, just behind Zax. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

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