NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Over the last year, COVID-19 forced music venues across Nashville to pull the plug on live shows.
Many remain closed, but the Listening Room Cafe is back open.
"You just build the atmosphere around what you have, and that's what we've done," said Chris Blair, president of the venue.
Because of public health restrictions, the Listening Room Cafe is not able to pack the house. They are currently limited to 40% capacity.
"We're not yet to a point where we're making money. We're just losing less than we were when we were completely shut down," Blair said.
The Listening Room is hosting two music shows a night at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
"We're selling out the best that we can. Even if we have a show and 15 people show up, it's a good day. We're able to give the artist a stage and 15 people an escape from the COVID reality," Blair said.
Singer-songwriter AJ Kross is performing at the venue on Friday night.
"There's a little more space between the tables, but I generally think people come in this place and they forget everything, and they're just here for the music and a good time," said AJ Kross.
He's had a hard time finding live audiences during the pandemic.
"Life's just been crazy, trying to make money and stuff, because shows around town have been very limited," Kross said.
He is grateful that Listening Room Cafe is also live-streaming shows, if fans aren't ready for in-person performances.
"When people listen it means a lot. So that's why we love the Listening Room, and that's why we all play here," Kross said.
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