Frank Erwin Center Postpones Shows Indefinitely
Plus an extended spring break and more cancellations
By the Editorial Staff,
4:05PM, Thu. Mar. 12, 2020
Keeping up with the local cancellations caused by the looming COVID-19 pandemic is a full-time job. Conveniently, we have people who do just that. Here's a list of the most recent drop-outs.
For more info on the local effects, reactions, and actions, you can find them on our COVID-19 coverage page.
Updated Thursday, March 12, 6:30pm:
Travis County officials have notified the organizers of the Luck Reunion that they must postpone their event scheduled for next week. The event – normally held at Wille Nelson's ranch in Luck, Texas – was slated to featured Parquet Courts, Orville Peck, Black Lips, Angel Olsen, Lucinda Williams, and more. According the press release sent by the event organizers, they "plan to introduce additional programming and are in the process of deciding how best to proceed." Tickets will be automatically transferred to what they say will be "a fantastic 2021 Luck Reunion." Ticket holders looking for more information are encouraged to email email@example.com.
Updated Thursday, March 12, 4:55pm:
The Bass Concert Hall has sent out a press release saying, "In further response to the growing concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus), The University of Texas is postponing all events at Bass Concert Hall through March 30th. Ticket holders will be contacted directly about postponed events." The venue's production of Aladdin was the closest scheduled event effected.
NBA G League, home for the Austin Spurs, has suspended their season joining their H-E-B Center siblings the Texas Stars in cancelling their games. – James Renovitch
Updated Thursday, March 12, 4:30pm:
Austin Community College has extended their spring break to two weeks. A press release from ACC says the extra week is to help them transition to "online and hybrid formats" for their classes when school resumes. This follows yesterday's announcement that the University of Texas is similarly extending their break. ACC has also canceled all events and college-related travel. – James Renovitch
Updated Thursday, March 12, 1:00pm:
The Frank Erwin Center announced Thursday morning that future events at the arena would be postponed indefinitely in response to COVID-19. “After discussion with University officials and leadership at the Erwin Center we believe it’s in the best interest of everyone involved to proceed with an abundance of caution.” said UT Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte in a press release. Along with all University of Texas-sponsored events, the postponements will effect big shows including tonight's Chris Stapleton show, Sturgill Simpson, Michael Bublé, and more – depending on how long the arena remains closed. Athletic eventshave also been canceled. This announcement comes on the heels of the shuttering of South by Southwest last week and the World Health Organization’s declaration on Wednesday that the COVID-19 outbreak is officially a pandemic. – Asa Canty
The Cactus Cafe has also cancelled all upcoming shows until further notice. This isn't surprising since the UT-owned venue will be seeing the students leave for Spring Break. Many universities across the country are opting to cancel residential classes and replace them with some manner of virtual instruction.
Speaking of spring break, the university announced that it will be adding an extra week for the annual excuse to party (although we imagine those plans are changing too). Students will return on March 30 unless another announcement is made between now and then. – James Renovitch
The United Soccer League announced that they have suspended the 2020 season for at least 30 days. Locally, that means no Austin Bold games at Circuit of the Americas for that time.
In other sports news the American Hockey League, aka the organization that the Texas Stars play for, has suspended their 2019/20 season until further notice. Season ticket holders will have have their remaining tickets this season credited to their accounts. – James Renovitch