MOORHEAD — The Avett Brothers have postponed two upcoming Minnesota shows, including a Sunday night, Sept. 12, set at Moorhead’s Bluestem Amphitheater, due to concerns about rising COVID-19 case numbers.
“Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19 exposure, we must postpone our shows on September 11 in Minneapolis and September 12 in Moorhead. We are working together with both venues and promoters to reschedule these performances as soon as possible. All tickets purchased for both original dates will be honored,” the band said in a Thursday statement sent to ticketholders and posted on the group’s website.
Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19 exposure, we must postpone our shows on 9/11 & 9/12. Our tour will resume on 9/14 @OvationPavilion. More info: https://t.co/fgadriT7k3 pic.twitter.com/ETdvJ3ftG2— The Avett Brothers (@theavettbros) September 9, 2021
This isn’t the first date on the tour to be postponed because of the ongoing pandemic. A month ago, the group postponed an indoor show in Wichita, Kan., citing similar concerns.
The group’s next scheduled date is Sept. 14 in Newport, Ky.
In an interview with The Forum last week, bassist Bob Crawford, a founding member of the group, was optimistic about the show, but acknowledged that the rising COVID-19 case numbers could lead to shows or even the tour to be postponed.
“The conversations are very flexible. Nothing is written in stone. Contingencies are in the schedule,” said Crawford, who is vaccinated. “We need to have the attitude that just walking out the door, you’re assuming risk. I’m extreme on caution.”
This is the second time the group has postponed a fall concert at Bluestem. In October 2018, the group pushed a show back to the following May because of cold weather.
Crawford said that May concert was a memorable one for the group.
“It was great. We loved it,” he said. “People will talk about (iconic outdoor venues) Red Rocks or The Gorge. There was something so special that night. The crowd. The venue. I can dial in on that night. It was great energy. There were people dancing in the aisles.”