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Panhandle Concert Industry Takes A Wait And See Approach With Hurricane Michael

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FLORIDA (CelebrityAccess) — Hurricane Michael is preparing to strike the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, likely as major storm when it comes ashore but the concert industry in the region appears to be hoping for the best.

Venues such as the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park in north central Florida announced that their Suwanee Roots Music Festival would go ahead as planned this weekend.

“I know many of you are concerned about Suwannee Roots Revival happening this week. The show will go on and the music festival schedule has not changed! Our experienced and professional stage and sound crew and festival and park staff are making plans to make it all happen almost automagically! Thursday might be rainy part of the day, but I’m convinced that the Suwannee Vortex will hold. And Friday – Sunday look golden! Safe travels, especially if you are traveling on Wednesday,” Festival Director Beth Judy said in a post on the event’s social media.

Farther west, an October 11th performance by comedian Kevin Hart at the Pensacola Bay Center is ambitiously still a go as of Tuesday, but the venue announced that it would be opening as an emergency shelter during the storm, providing a base for Red Cross assistance during the emergency.

Similarly, comedian Kevin Hart’s Oct. 12 performance at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee is also proceeding as planned as of Tuesday afternoon.

The SMG-managed Saenger Theater in Pensacola is taking a wait-and-see approach with performances scheduled for Ron White on Thursday.

“We are monitoring the storm very carefully and communicating with the promoter for the Ron White shows on Thursday. Please stay tuned to Facebook for future updates. Please take care of you and your families during Hurricane Michael,” a rep for the theater said on social media.

Vinyl Music Hall in Pensacola canceled a performance of by Project Pat, part of his Cheese-N-Dope Tour, which had been scheduled for Oct. 11.

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