Annual Sunset Concert Series Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Annual Sunset Concert Series Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

CARBONDALE – The Sunset Concert Series, held by Southern Illinois University Carbondale, is going on hiatus for 2020.

According to a release, the decision to cancel the annual free concert series was made to help ensure the health and safety of the community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state-enacted safety protocols, according to Tena Bennett, director of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Student Center.

“Due to the uncertainty of a timeline for adjusting stay-in-place directives, sponsors decided it was best to cancel the entire series because the restrictions likely wouldn’t be lifted in time to allow for a true Sunset Concert experience,” the release said.

This year would have marked the 42nd annual series, which normally takes place Thursday evenings in June and July.

The release said plans are currently forming to bring the concerts back for 2021 with “an exciting and diverse lineup.”

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