CMAC to reopen for 2021 season, full summer lineup to be announced

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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WROC) – Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center — or CMAC — announced on Thursday that the venue will be reopening mid-summer.

“We are so thrilled to be able to welcome back our fans this summer,” Friends of CMAC President Ginny Clark said in a statement. “It’s been a tough time for everyone over the past year and having live music and the fans back in our venue is going to feel fantastic.”

Clark said they can open at 100% capacity, and will have to separate vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Proof of vaccination will be required at CMAC and one of the methods will be the excelsior pass.

The lineup for the 2021 season will be announced in the coming weeks. Country musicians Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett have already been previously announced for 2021. Clark said they’re already hard at work on scheduling more shows.

“A lot of the country shows are very excited to come back to CMAC, we’ve got some good rock ‘n roll shows, some good hip hop, I can tell you across the whole genre we’ve got some good shows. I think the exciting part for us we’ve been holding onto this for so long because artists have reached out they love playing CMAC, they can’t wait to come back to CMAC.”

Officials said over the coming weeks, CMAC will be working with New York State and Ontario County on protocols and guidelines for reopening.

They hope to start their season in early July and book shows through Labor Day. They also said they’re hoping by the time their season starts, more restrictions will be able to be lifted.

Ontario County Public Health Director Mary Beer said each event could call for different protocols.

“Some entertainers draw a larger crowd than others so I think each event will look a little different,” she said.

The governor also announced Broadway can reopen in September. Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Bob Duffy said this includes theaters in our region.

“In September it will also be appropriate for all theaters statewide, so RBTL here and other theatre troupes in other cities,” Duffy said.

The latest on CMAC’s opening can be found here.

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