DALTON — Mill Town and the Dalton Community Recreation Association have partnered to host a series of free weekly outdoor live music concerts on the lawn of the Mill + Main property in Dalton.
With Governor Baker's announcement of Massachusetts Phase III reopening in the beginning of July, the group has received the green light to invite the public to come together safely and enjoy the newly renovated property during the coronavirus pandemic. The group has worked closely with the Town of Dalton Department of Health to put in place strict social distancing protocols in adherence with public health and safety guidelines.
Mill Town is partnering with the CRA to host the events, which will run every Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., now through Aug. 29, at 444 Main St. in Dalton.
Registration is required for the event with each performance capped at a maximum of 100 attendees in accordance with the Massachusetts state Phase III guidelines. The schedule of performers and registration information can be found by following the Mill + Main Facebook page. There will also be additional weekday live music performances held on the Memorial Lawn outside of the CRA's Community House. The schedule for the Community House performances can be found on the CRA website. The event will be free with recommended donations and concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own picnics on-site to enjoy during the performance.
Berkshires musician Andy Wrba helped curate a fun line-up of musical performances for the Music on Main series. The musical performances will range in genre featuring Americana, Blues, Soul, Jazz, and other musical varieties, highlighting the quality and diversity of the local Berkshires music scene. Upcoming shows include performances by The Kashmir Souls, Eavesdrop, Chris Merenda and Friends, Wanda Houston, and Beast Mode.
The logistics of the event series have strict social distancing guidelines. Event participants are directed to take in the show from their own designated 8-foot diameter chalk outlined circle, which have been drawn out across the lawn and set-back over 25 feet from the musical performers. Each circle is separated by another six feet to allow ample spacing between parties and walkable corridors. Face masks are required to enter and exit the property, however, while in their circles, audiences can remove their face masks but are asked to put them back on should they leave their circle. Portable restrooms are available and are equipped with additional hand sanitizer stations and cleaning products both inside and outside of the bathrooms.
The grounds open at 5 p.m., with the music beginning at 6, limited to just two-hour performances. The public is encouraged to pre-register for the event at millandmain.org or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a circle as each performance is currently limited to 100 participants.