St. Pete’s Jannus Live adds second Blackberry Smoke concert, citing capacity concerns

The first show is this weekend, and the second happens on May 2.

click to enlarge St. Pete’s Jannus Live adds second Blackberry Smoke concert, citing capacity concerns
Evan Bartleson

The Blackberry Smoke concert set for Saturday, Feb. 27 at Jannus Live sold so well that the St. Petersburg venue had to add a second show—set for May 2—due to capacity concerns.

The Southern-rock outfit is celebrating 20 years of bandom with a new album called You Hear Georgia, due May 28.

On its website, the roughly 2,000-capacity venue cited a City of St. Petersburg recommendation that venues operate at 50% in its decision to add the second show. Ticketholders whose tickets changed to the new show were alerted via email by Eventbrite. If you are unable to attend the new date, a refund will be given, but you’ll need to take it up with Eventbrite..

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay was unable to find any official recommendation from the city, but officials have asked organizers of large events to submit COVID-19 plans. CL asked the City of St. Petersburg for any more explanation and will update this post when we hear back.

See Jannus Live’s full update at the bottom of this post.

The Tampa Bay Times recently reported that, “Knight Global Entertainment, which owns Jannus Live, MacDinton’s Irish Pub and other bars, argues Mayor Rick Kirseman’s pandemic orders are unenforceable.”

In December, Jannus Live was dragged into national headlines when the audience gathered to see comedic heavy-metal band Steel Panther ignored the venue’s rules about masks and social distancing by rushing the stage.

Blackberry Smoke is the kind of good ol’ Southern rock that makes you want to drink Jack Daniels, smoke cigarettes, and burn a Confederate flag. The Atlanta band has been around since the early aughts and has already achieved what every Southern band hopes to achieve—it opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Jannus has a mask requirement, and will provide one if for some reason you don’t have one.

Blackberry Smoke w/Nick Perri and the Underground Thieves. Saturday, Feb. 27, 6 p.m. Jannus Live, St. Petersburg. Sold out.

Update from Jannus Live

As we continue to be committed to the health and safety of our customers, amidst an ever- changing Covid 19 pandemic, effective immediately, all shows will be reduced further in capacity and attendance. This comes after the City of St. Petersburg, has executed new orders for large group gatherings that make recommendations for less than 50% occupancy. Sadly, this will have a direct effect on guests for the upcoming Blackberry Smoke concert (February 27) that was announced and sold before this change had to be made. Blackberry Smoke has decided to honor all those ticket purchasers on May 2nd 2021 by coming back to perform so no one will will miss their show. If you are one of the patrons that had purchased and had to be moved to a later date and can not make it to the new date May 2nd 2021 you will be refunded 100% at point of purchase We understand the sad nature of this news and apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused. We thank you in advance for your understanding, as we continuously work through these unprecedented times.

See a list of Tampa Bay’s “Safe & Sound” live music venues here.

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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