Vanilla Ice Hosts 4th Of July Concert In Texas During Pandemic
Despite the record breaking COVID-19 cases in Texas, Vanilla Ice will be hosting a 4th of July concert in the heart of Texas this weekend. Last week, when the COVID-19 cases continued to rise around Texas, the Texas Governor Greg Abbott made a drastic decision to attempt to help curb the spread of the virus by closing bars across the Lone Star state. With bars closing and large gatherings effectively banned in the state, many were assuming that meant that concerts would continue being unable to continue. Now we're hearing of one person who didn't believe the order would stop him from not only having a concert, but throwing a 4th of July celebration at the same time.
Vanilla Ice will be hosting his Independence Day Throwback Beach Party on the shores of Lake Travis in Austin. The concert will be held at the Emerald Point Bar and Grill, which is technically defined as a restaurant, even though it also has a large capacity outdoor concert space, according to Entertainment Weekly. The capacity of Emerald Point Bar and Grill is roughly 5,000 and the concert will be selling 2,500 tickets to the show. General admission tickets are $25 and VIP tickets are $300. While you may be wondering who would want to attend a concert during a pandemic, the VIP tickets for the show are already sold out. Also on the bill for the Independence Day Throwback Beach Party is Color Me Bad.
Vanilla Ice posted to his Instagram about the concert and said he can't wait to get back out on stage and perform:
On Wednesday, Texas had 8,076 new cases, a record daily high of COVID-19 cases in the state. According to news station KVUE, the COVID-19 positivity rate in the Austin area is at 28 percent and there are over 159,00 COVID-19 reported cases in the state.