After closing its doors in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Living Room at 35 East is ready to bring live music back to the Main Line. The intimate Ardmore venue will launch a summer outdoor concert series with three shows slated for July and August.
The concert series lineup includes many Living Room favorites, including Ben Arnold and the 48 Hour Horns with Steve Butler on July 18; the Greg Sover Band, the Deb Callahan Band and Tree Rats on July 25; and Jeffrey Gaines with Matt Santry on Aug. 1.
“It’s a nice variety of music,” says owner Laura Mann. “Ben Arnold will have a horn section with him. We also have somebody who’s going to be doing some jazz and blues and some singer/songwriters, some unplugged rock, and some reggae.”
While the music will be familiar, instead of taking place in the Living Room’s cozy indoor space, the venue is moving things outdoors to maintain social distancing practices. It’s the first time the Living Room will host outdoor shows. Concert-goers can bring blankets, lawn chairs, food and drinks to a private, open-air location in Ardmore, Mann says. Masks will be required and seating will be planned ahead of time with a minimum of six feet between parties.
Despite the changes, Mann is glad to have live music again and is planning to reopen her venue come fall. “I think everybody’s trying to figure out a way that we can do it safely and still bring the music thing back to life,” she says. “A lot of these artists have been suffering with what’s going on and been out of work, so it’s nice to be able to give them some business.”
The concert grounds will open one hour prior to each show. Tickets are $30 per person—groups that want to sit together are encouraged to purchase tickets together in advance—and free for children under the age of 2.
35 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 896-3645.