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Tristan Prettyman, DaBaby and others postpone San Diego concerts as COVID-19 surges

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(Gabriella Angotti-Jones/Los Angeles Times)

Prettyman’s Jan. 13 mental-health benefit concert at Belly Up is pushed back to March, and DaBaby’s tour is canceled altogether. Other San Diego shows have also been postponed

Pink Floyd co-founder Nick Mason and Encinitas singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman have postponed their upcoming their San Diego area concerts because of the surging coronavirus pandemic.

Prettyman’s Jan. 13 concert at the Belly Up has been pushed back to March 31 after she and several other musicians scheduled to perform with her contracted COVID-19.

“With cases so high, (postponing) is the responsible thing to do,” Prettyman told the Union-Tribune.

“We want this to be a safe event (and) this new (Omicron) strain is just too contagious. ... I feel like so many (people) have it, or will have it, or won’t come because they are afraid to get it, and we just can’t guarantee (their safety). I feel fine for the most part, just sore throat, mild body aches/chills, tired, etc. Hopefully that will be the worst of it.”

Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets band, which performs lesser-known music from Pink Floyd’s early days in the 1960s, was scheduled to perform in San Diego Feb. 21 at the Balboa Theatre. That show has been postponed, along with the band’s entire 26-city North American winter tour, due to “uncertainty surrounding the COVID pandemic.” No new dates have been announced yet.

Prettyman and Mason aren’t the only artists whose performances have been impacted.

Notoriously homophonic rapper DaBaby has canceled all 20 dates on his U.S. winter tour, including his Jan. 29 San Diego performance at the all-ages Soma, according to a representative for Live Nation, the show’s promoter.

No official reason has been given as yet for the decision to shelve the tour. However, an announcement regarding DaBaby’s now-canceled Jan. 15 concert at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, the desire “to protect the health and safety of the fans and crew” is cited on the venue’s website.

In addition, the Rosanna Gamson World Wide dance troupe’s Jan. 21 and 22 performances at University of California San Diego’s Mandeville Auditorium have been postponed because of concerns regarding the spread of the Omicron variant. The campus is currently scheduled to reopen Jan. 17, although it remains to be seen if that date gets pushed back. New dates for Gamson have not yet been determined.

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Also postponed is Saturday’s San Diego Folk Heritage Java Joe’s Reunion concert at Carlsbad’s Pilgrim United Church of Christ. No new date has been announced yet for the show, which was scheduled to feature Berkley Hart, Gregory Page, Lisa Sanders, Tim Flannery and Billy Galewood.

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A message on the San Diego Folk Heritage website cites the pandemic as the reason for the postponement, stating: “No one hates to pull the plug on a show, especially this one, more than we do. But that’s better than packing the house when COVID is running rampant.”

Prettyman’s decision to postpone her Jan. 13 Belly Up concert until March 31 has been well-received, she told the Union-Tribune in an email Tuesday.

San Diego singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman
After contracting COVID-19, San Diego singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman postponed her Jan. 13 Belly Up concert until March 31. “With cases so high, (postponing) is the responsible thing to do,” Prettyman told the Union-Tribune. “We want this to be a safe event (and) this new (Omicron) strain is just too contagious.”
(Kava Gorna / Courtesy Tristan Prettyman)

“I have been getting a lot of messages from people grateful for the rescheduling,” Prettyman said.

“Because while they were excited for the show, they were simultaneously feeling nervous to come with cases being so high. All in all, we are receiving a lot of positive feedback and ‘thank yous’ for rescheduling. It’s nice that people seem to be understanding about it all.”


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