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Simmons Bank Arena announces first major event since COVID-19 shutdown

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Simmons Bank Arena on Monday announced its first major event since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The venue in North Little Rock announced that comedian Mike Epps is scheduled to perform June 4 as part of the "In Real Life Comedy Tour." Comedians Michael Blackson, DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Kountry Wayne are also set to perform. 

Seating for the show will be limited, the arena said in a news release. Groups will be limited to "pods" of six seats or less.  

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"We will be working closely with local and state health officials to ensure that our event will be a safe and incredible experience for all of our patrons and staff," the release says.

The arena hosted a blood drive and weekly food truck events during the pandemic, but the last major event was when it hosted the Professional Bull Riders on March 8, 2020. Performances by Cher, Justin Bieber, Elton John and other stars last year were postponed or canceled.

Arena spokesperson Jana DeGeorge said Monday that the comedy tour is the first of a "heck of a lot" of events in the works this year. 

Tickets for the comedy tour go on sale Thursday. 

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