It's a big weekend for live music in Missoula - some major concerts are coming to town that are expected to draw huge crowds, like Guns N' Roses over at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, or the sold-out Sheryl Crow and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats shows at Kettlehouse Amphitheater.

And that's not all - in the weeks to come, we have more sold-out Kettlehouse shows, River City Roots Fest, and other events that could have hundreds or thousands of people in attendance. And with the current rise in COVID cases in Montana and across the country, it's important to be cautious and make sure we're doing what we can to not create a superspreader event.

The Missoula City-County Health Department is recommending everyone to get tested after being in a big crowd. If you're not feeling symptoms, you can wait three-to-five days. If you are, you should go sooner. They're also working to ramp up their contact tracing, hiring more workers so they can do their job more quickly and efficiently.

We've seen some artists cancel their touring plans for 2021 due to the rise of the Delta variant, but we've seen other major festivals - like Lollapalooza - go on, with a crowd that had to prove they were either fully vaccinated or had just gotten a negative COVID test. Those kind of precautions are becoming more and more common - will we be seeing anything like that as Missoula moves into the fall, when COVID cases are expected to rise even more?

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