Rome River Jam tickets just about gone in less than 24 hours. Chipotle awaiting firm opening date (‘this fall.’) No local college football, Labor Day barbecue this weekend.

Rome River Jam tickets just about gone in less than 24 hours. Chipotle awaiting firm opening date (‘this fall.’) No local college football, Labor Day barbecue this weekend.

Rome River Jam almost sold out after tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday: The above chart, grabbed from the Rome River Jam ticket page Thursday evening, shows how many pods were left less than 10 hours after tickets went on sale.

The concert is set for Oct. 9 and 10 at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds and will feature Morgan Wallen and Riley Green among others. What’s different is the precise pandemic protocols set to be used for the 4,800 guests, all assigned to six-person pods that are being sold in a block with no transfers among friends. There will be assigned bathrooms and greatly expanded security on scene to ensure social distancing and sanitary steps. Also: Masks required.

The protocols — and just a rare outdoor concert in a year dominated by coronavirus – already is drawing national interest, says Jay Shell, the founder of the event who’s helping organize this 12th edition. Several publications have called, seeking more on exactly how this concert will look, knowing that it could be the prototype for touring acts in 2021.

Also scheduled to appear are Hardy, Jon Langston, Ashland Craft and Hunter Chastain.

Two-day event ticket prices per person, with stipulations, ranged from $80 to $150 to $225.  The blue boxes above show all that’s left — in the $225 per person range. Gone are the two-day viewing and two-day bronze viewing options.

For more: Rome River Jam.


Chipotle update: Opening remains ‘some point in the fall.’ We checked in with the restaurant’s national office on Thursday, hoping to get a firmer answer on when it will open. The current belief is sometime next month — and it does look close — but we were hoping for a more definitive. The best answer for now: “Please do check back.” We will.


A different style of Labor Day: Because of the pandemic, the Berry Vikings’ season opening football game in Maryville set for Saturday is gone. So, too, the annual Knights of Columbus Labor Day barbecue at Rome Civic Center. There are some events set for the area including Saturday’s farmers markets at Ridge Ferry Park and Bridgepoint Plaza as well as the Berry student enterprises beef sale at the blue barn across from the main entrance (8 a.m.-noon; cards/no cash).

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