What you missed in Columbus for July 19

Dirty Dungarees and Spacebar to resume concerts, the Crew notches its first win at the team’s new stadium and more from the weekend

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Suffering, Praying Hands performs at Spacebar in a video from Daily Grind Productions.

The music scene’s slow, steady recovery continues with word that a pair of Old North venues are set to resume concerts after being closed for more than 16 months amid the coronavirus.

Dirty Dungarees Laundromat and Bar will host its first show back on Friday, July 30, with a lineup that includes Wasp Factory, Kneeling in Piss, Campbell and Tetnis.

Additionally, neighboring Spacebar announced that its reopening weekend would take place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 13 and 14. Sega Genocide, Matter of Planets and Suffering, Praying Hands are set to perform on Friday, while Maranatha, Domestic Terror and Maharaja are scheduled to play on Saturday.

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It’s not all good news on the concert front, though. The Dave Matthews Band announced today that it has added a Columbus stop to its fall tour. The band will now perform at Nationwide Arena on Friday, Nov. 5.

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Over the weekend, the Columbus Crew earned its first win at the team’s new Arena District stadium, defeating New York City FC by a score of 2-1. The Crew notched goals from Darlington Nagbe and Lucas Zelarayan in continuing a four-game unbeaten streak, which the team will try to stretch to five games when it faces off against Nashville on Wednesday.

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With a vaccine in place, the narrative has long been that we’re well on our way to a return to normalcy. But there are troubling signs that the coronavirus is not done with us yet. Currently, the highly contagious Delta variant is sweeping the country, and it’s increasingly likely that Ohio will see a steep increase in COVID-19 cases as a result, owing both to the variant's highly infectious nature, as well as the state’s still-abysmal vaccination numbers. 

Over the weekend, The Atlantic published this piece on the havoc the Delta variant is currently creating in Missouri, where a new surge has again overwhelmed health care workers. “We only get beds available when someone dies, which happens several times a day,” Terrence Coulter, the critical-care medical director at CoxHealth, told the magazine.

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Three people were injured in a shooting in the Short North in the early morning hours on Sunday. The incident took place in the street following an argument in the 900 block of North High Street near East First Avenue, long after nearby businesses had closed. All three of the men injured are expected to recover.