New outdoor music, comedy series coming to Litchfield County

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Grammy-nominated Grace Potter and comedian Nikki Glaser will perform outdoor shows as part of two new entertainment series starting up this month at South Farms in Morris, in Litchfield County.

Twilight Concerts (and Comedy) On The Farm” kicks off with singer-songwriter Potter, Saturday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m.

Glaser, from Netflix’s “Bangin’” and Comedy Central’s “Not Safe with Nikki Glaser,” performs Sunday, Aug. 30, at 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets; social distancing is part of the format.

Premier Concerts/Manic Presents and NHCPA South Farms, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of New Haven Center for Performing Arts, Inc., created the two series with South Farms. Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m., and more shows are coming.

South Farms includes more than 10 acres of manicured farmland.

“The venue boasts a beautifully structured grid layout, adhering to public health guidelines while still maintaining the intimacy of live concerts,” the promoters said in a news release. “The vast spacing and outdoor conditions (open air) help reduce potential transmission. ...”

Here’s how it works: Concertgoers purchase a grid (8 feet-by-8 feet), which is surrounded by an additional social distance grid, along with aisle spacing. Each grid is designed for two guests and is offset to maximize viewing of the stage.

Grids cannot be merged. Outside food and beverages are prohibited. Food trucks and a full bar will be onsite.

Safety is the priority, promoters said. “Each show will comply with the most current health and safety standards per state regulations and local jurisdictions in order to protect guests, artists, crew and staff.”

Face masks are mandatory when entering, exiting and traveling throughout the venue to restrooms or concession areas. Masks are not required within the guest grid. There will be hand sanitizing stations throughout the area.

Such high-touch areas as door handles and counter surfaces will be regularly disinfected throughout the show. Restrooms will be cleaned and restocked, as well. Also, everyone entering the venue — including guests, artists, crew and staff — will have their temperature checked and complete a short questionnaire. Masks and gloves will be available upon request.

Shows are rain or shine and tickets are limited because only 25 percent of the area can be used, per the state’s order. Shows are all ages, unless otherwise noted. premierconcerts.c om; Twitter: @LindaTKoonz