ZZ Top was supposed to play at the Ford Center Wednesday night. And while the concert was canceled due to a band member's health condition, with no clear word if it's Covid-19 related, it's got other event organizers worried the virus could shut down their own events once again.
For Joe Notter with Evansville Events, that's not an option.
"We're expecting a pretty big crowd this weekend," he said about the upcoming Evansville Wing and Music Festival.
The food festival was already pushed back this year from January to July, with the goal of making sure people could safely get together and enjoy the various flavors of wings.
And while Covid-19 cases are on the rise again, with the Delta strain in the tri-state, that is still the plan for this weekend.
"We have so much momentum moving into this weekend that it would be really difficult for us," Notter said. "And we'd probably upset more people than if we canceled it."
While the event is supposed to take place both indoors and outdoors at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the organizer is prepared to move it all outside if necessary.
"We've done a lot of events during Covid," Notter said. "So, this isn't anything new to this. I believe with the outside component, that it will create a friendly environment for those who might be a little bit cautious."
And health officials say while there are currently no restrictions on indoor events, outdoors is still the safest bet.
"When you're outside, the ventilation is better, you don't come in as close contact with someone if they sneeze or cough," said Joe Gries, administrator for the Vanderburgh County Health Department. "That airflow is a lot better. It protects people from spreading those and sharing those germs."
The health department will be at Wing Fest for inspection.
While people are encouraged to wear masks if they choose, there will be hand sanitizing stations set up.
And of course dozens of wings to try.
"We're really grateful to getting back to what we do best," Notter said. "And bringing people together."
Tickets for the ZZ Top show at the Ford Center will be refunded.
There is no word yet on if the show will be rescheduled.