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Miss live music? Mini pop-up concerts in Oak Cliff aim to provide safe venue during COVID-19

Dallas Morning News logo Dallas Morning News 10/21/2020 By Audrey McClure, The Dallas Morning News

Live concerts are making a comeback in Dallas 1/4 u00ad— but they’ll likely be a lot smaller than you remember.

After more than six months at a standstill, Victor Rimach-Vera is carefully restarting work with his music and event booking agency, the Chasquis Group, including hosting small shows around Oak Cliff.

“I think the formula for any music show is it has to be small,” he said. “There’s a very small demand, but if you add in my market, it’s very niche. So, there’s a lot of interest and passion for the shows that I do.”

The group’s focus before the pandemic was commercial bookings and bringing alternative Latin American artists to Dallas. However, coronavirus restrictions put an end to large gatherings and international touring for Latin American artists, and pushed Rimach-Vera to reevaluate the ways his agency hosts events.

“It’s more the idea of having a DIY venue theme,” the Peruvian native said. “Pretty simple, minimal, and mostly dedicated to the music.”

Health and safety guidelines have required Rimach-Vera to be cautious and creative about the venues he books. His first pandemic-era event was an October series of All-Vinyl DJ sessions at Trompo taco shop in Oak Cliff, whose outdoor space easily accommodated 100 socially distant people, he said.

His latest project, the Old Oak Cliff Music Sessions, is a series of outdoor pop-up performances at a refitted tire shop at 626 W. Davis St.

“It is now being turned into a commercial spot,” Rimach-Vera said. “But in the meantime, the owners who are renting the spot are letting me use the space for a pop-up music show.”

The sessions, which are BYOB, feature local musicians whose acts range from jazz to R&B to Creole-Peruvian music. This Saturday, Oct. 24, dream pop singer-songwriter Honin, a jazz performance graduate of the University of North Texas, will take the stage.

Rimach-Vera said he’s committed to the safety of attendees, requiring masks and social distancing in the 25-person capacity outdoor space.

“The shows that we do are very social distanced, and we measure temperatures at the door and all that,” he said. “I want to provide those cultural hotspots, but in a safe way. And I want people to know that we are doing everything in our hands to provide a safe environment.”

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