Four NewBo City Market vendors recently made the difficult decision to close up shop due to decreased business from the Coronavirus pandemic. To keep any more of them from having to do the same, the Gazette talked to a local musician who has decided to spring into action and help.

Robert Wallace says "Rock the Roost" is on this Saturday with four area bands donating their time and talent. It seems "roost" refers to what NewBo City regulars call their favorite place to shop and hang out.

From noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday, August 8, four bands including The Mandela Effect, Brass Transit Authority, Williams and Wallace Duo and The Sensations Band will each play a 45-minute set.

They are setting up the Market lawn for social distancing similar to what they've tried with this year's "Rock the Block" events, where up to 6 people can sit together in groups. You can reserve these squares, which are marked 6 feet apart, for $20 on the lawn, or a table for $25. They hope you'll attend the concert but also support the vendors. Walk-ups are welcome at no charge, but donations are strongly encouraged, in the spirit of the show.

Again, the bands are donating their time to raise funds to go to the market. They just miss playing, so this also serves as an opportunity for them to make up for lost gigs .

As far as other safety guidelines, organizers say "audience members sitting on the lawn should bring their own seating, and no outside food and drinks are allowed."

They say the Market will be open to purchase food and beverages, as well as other vendor goods. The indoor restrooms will be open and available. Hand sanitizer will be available, and people are strongly urged to practice social distancing at all times. You're also required to wear a mask.

Sounds like a cool way to support local and break your stir-craziness.

[Via Cedar Rapids Gazette]

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