DENVER (KDVR) — The live events industry is back in full swing in Denver, but artists say it will take time to make up for what they lost during the pandemic.
Sandra Holman-Watts with Live at Jack’s Entertainment lost her venue at the beginning of the COVID-19 shutdown and has since transformed her business to host pop-up concerts.
“I was completely devastated when the venue shut down, but I knew I needed to stay in the industry,” said Holman-Watts.
Holman-Watts helped put on a July Fourth celebration in Larimer Square Saturday, featuring several live music acts.
“I definitely realized how much I loved music and missed it when we didn’t have the opportunity to play,” said Ronneka Cox, a member of the band Dotsero.
Musicians and other artists were out of work for more than a year at times due to COVID-19 restrictions. Despite a recent return to normalcy, Holman-Watts says it will take time to make up for what they lost.
“They lost a year and a half of employment and opportunity. They lost their wings. I’m just so proud to be a small part to bring some of that back,” said Holman-Watts.
Live at Jack’s Entertainment hosts events in Larimer Square seven nights a week.