UPDATE: Vanilla Ice has cancelled the gig.
Austin City Limits is cancelled and Austin city bars are once again closed due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, but at least Austin is still getting a Vanilla Ice concert on Friday. The Austin Chronicle reports that although an executive order from the governor shut down bars, the venue Emerald Point Bar & Grill is technically classified as a restaurant because at least 51% of its sales are food and is thus allowed to remain open at 50% capacity. Ice ice baby! Nothing can thaw Vanilla Ice!
Vanilla Ice promoted the show by posted a video of a packed concert on Instagram with the caption, “I can’t wait to get back to this. The 90s were the best. We didn’t have coronavirus, or cell phones, or computers. we had 5.0‘s, blockbuster, Beavis and Butthead, Wayne’s world, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. And Mortal Kombat is still better than fortnight but we got out of the house, We danced, we invented house parties in the 90s. The last of the great decades #IMissThenineties.” I’m sure he will enforce proper social distancing guidelines.
Emerald Point Bar & Grill already made headlines in May when a photo of a dense, maskless crowd cheering for a local hard rock cover band began circulating online. At the time, the venue’s owner said that the image didn’t accurately reflect the audience’s distancing and reiterated that the restaurant has consistently passed inspections. Color Me Badd are scheduled to perform there on Saturday, 7/4.