Music is set to return to the Crossroads Arena next month as the facility hosts its first concerts since the pandemic put a damper on live music and events earlier this year.

“We’re beyond excited to be back in business,” said arena general manager Tammy Genovese.

The upcoming Homegrown Social: Songs and Stories acoustic series kicks off on November 13 with Tupelo native Paul Thorn. Amory native and American Idol Season 15 winner Trent Harmon performs Saturday, November 21 and country singer Doug Stone is set for Saturday, December 5.

Genovese said the three shows will be a great return to live music for the arena with family-friendly, intimate performances from singer-songwriters who excel in that format. They’re also keeping ticket prices affordable with all tickets between $25 and $50.

The upcoming performances will mark the first live music inside the arena since last November. Genovese says they’ve been able to host several outdoor motorsports events and last weekend had a big crowd for their first indoor motocross event this fall.

The arena is working partnering with Ticketmaster and taking advantage of their expertise to ensure the upcoming shows are safe. The company has helped coordinate seating at Nissan Stadium in Nashville for the return to NFL football and the arena manager said that experience will help keep patrons safe in Corinth.

The shows will be socially distanced with seating in separated groups of 2, 3 or 4 people. Temperature checks will be conducted and masks will be available.

Genovese said one of the strengths of the arena is its ability to scale up or down to fit the size of the event. These shows will be presented using 10 percent of the facility’s capacity with curtains and staging designed to create an intimate feel while ensuring safety.

She said the cutbacks of live music and entertainment have had major effects on venues and artists across the country along with support staff including crew and production personnel.

She’s excited to be able to bring more events back to Corinth which will help support the local economy as people visit restaurants, stay in hotels and shop during their visit.

Genovese said there’s more excitement to come as well. They’ll be announcing several major shows for 2021 soon and are looking forward to a busy year next year.

Visit www.crossroads for tickets and more information on upcoming events.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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