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Concerns Over Evansville Bar Concert as County is in Red Zone

On the heels of several local bars being shut down last week for getting complaints of not following COVID-19 safety precautions, one popular Evansville night spot is now getting some heat after hosting two packed concerts over the weekend.

Posted: Jan 17, 2021 9:00 AM
Updated: Jan 18, 2021 10:23 AM

Two sold-out concerts and anonymous calls to the Vanderburgh County Health Department: this was the scene over the weekend as patrons packed into KC’s Time Out Lounge and Grill, all while the county rages on in the Red Zone.

Several hundred tickets were sold for concerts by rock country artist Upchurch at the bar, located inside Washington Square Mall, for both Friday, Jan. 15th and Sat. Jan 16th.

It’s alarming to some, with 157 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death reported Saturday.

For musician Ellis O'Reilly, who lives only a few minutes away from KC's, says while she would have loved to attend one of the concerts, it is not on the cards for her either -- with underlying health conditions.

“I really miss being able to go to concerts,” she said. "I've also just been too nervous to go anywhere -- that might have -- where I might get exposed."

While the owner of KC’s did not want to speak on camera, he told 44News that he does not want to join Bud's and Chasers, both of which were shut down temporarily within the last few weeks, and that he takes the safety of his customers seriously.

He says if anyone walks in without a mask, they must buy one or they will be dismissed from the venue.

He also says one dozen people were kicked out before the concert started Friday for refusing to wear a mask and hopes people understand they have to follow safety protocols in order for his business to be able to stay standing and make their high monthly rent payment to the mall.

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