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PNC Arena to host first live entertainment show in a year as COVID restrictions ease

In a sign that life is slowly returning to normal, a major Triangle concert venue has announced live entertainment for the first time in more than a year.

Raleigh’s PNC Arena announced its first new show since the beginning of the pandemic, with comedian Mike Epps scheduled to take the stage May 9.

Tickets for the In Real Life Comedy Tour, featuring Epps, Michael Blackson, DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Kountry Wayne, will go on sale Monday, March 29. Epps is one of the most popular comics working today, appearing in movies like “Dolemite is My Name” and “Troup Zero.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began early last year, concert and entertainment venues throughout the Triangle and across the nation called off countless shows as large gatherings were prohibited.

PNC’s last week of shows in 2020 featured Billie Eilish on March 12 and The Millennium Tour on March 13, featuring Omarion, Bow Wow and Ashanti. The week after the Millennium Tour show, someone in attendance tested positive for COVID. Both shows came the same week Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency and recommended that all mass gatherings of more than 100 people be canceled or postponed, The News & Observer reported.

Gatherings have generally been limited to smaller groups since then, with entertainment venues capped at 15% to 30% capacity, depending on the size of the venue, as of Feb. 24.


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