Due to COVID-19 guidelines concerning social distancing, The Grand Theatre has postponed John Berry’s April 18 concert. The country music singer will be the final performer in the Cartersville venue’s 2019-2020 Century Bank Entertainment Series.
“We, along with Mr. Berry's management team, have been monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to make the best and most efficient decision concerning his concert at the theater,” said Kristy Montgomery, program director for The Grand Theatre. “We ultimately decided it was in the best interest for everyone involved, and in keeping with the practice of social distancing, to go ahead and postpone the concert.
“We're currently working on a date for rescheduling, but we cannot commit to one just yet because of so much uncertainty. Our Grand Theatre and Century Bank Entertainment Series patrons should rest assured that we'll find a time to bring him to the theater once it's safe to do so.”
Last year, Berry was scheduled to close out The Grand’s Entertainment Series, however health challenges forced him to withdraw.
According to www.johnberry.com, “GRAMMY Award-winning country star John Berry continues to celebrate 40 years as a country music performer and songwriter as well as his 26th anniversary since signing his first record deal with his most recent single ‘The Richest Man’ from the new album ‘Thomas Road.’ In 2019, Berry was diagnosed with throat cancer, requiring 35 treatments combined of radiation and chemotherapy.
“… The singer-songwriter rose to stardom on the country charts of the 1990s with such mega hits as ‘Your Love Amazes Me,’ ‘Standing on the Edge of Goodbye’ and ‘She’s Taken a Shine.’ His annual Christmas tours brighten the holidays for thousands, as does his electrifying rendition of ‘O’ Holy Night.’”
Berry’s concert will wrap up the Entertainment Series’ five concerts that kicked off Nov. 16 with Rebel Union.
“Those who have already purchased tickets have had a refund initiated, if they paid using a credit card,” Montgomery said. “Those refunds take up to 10 days to process.
“As soon as it's safe to reopen our box office, we'll be happy to meet those who paid another way — via cash, for example — in the office to issue their refund. All Grand Theatre patrons should note that refunds for any impacted performances or productions will be handled in this way until the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.”
Established in the early 2000s, the Century Bank Entertainment Series was fine-tuned more than 12 years ago following a community survey. Conducted by The Grand, the research effort sought public input on numerous items, from preferred types of music to performance dates and times. In addition to pinpointing Saturday as the concert day of choice, the survey revealed area residents enjoy tribute shows, and country and bluegrass music.
“Our entire community has been tremendously impacted by COVID-19, and The Grand Theatre is certainly no different,” Montgomery said. “Our programming across March and April has been canceled or postponed, and more may be impacted. In addition to John Berry's performance in April, we also will be postponing our production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ until a later date.”
Further details can be obtained by visiting https://thegrandtheatre.org or the Facebook page, “Century Bank Entertainment Series at The Grand Theatre.”
“We're doing our best to continue supporting our community, however, through positive social media posts and planning for our future,” Montgomery said. “We're hoping to be able to provide fun opportunities for Cartersville and our neighboring cities just as soon as we're able to start getting back to normal. Our hearts are with the community, and we look forward to opening our doors again to you.”