The concert industry was especially devastated by the pandemic, with live shows completely shut down most of last year and through the spring of 2021. The sheer volume of bands going back on the road created a considerable crunch in the T-shirt business — every group wanted fresh merchandise for summer tours . . . at exactly the same moment.
Music Midtown and the Shaky Knees Festival returned in 2021, and concert venues and clubs across the city opened their doors once again for live music, most with vaccine and/or testing mandates to help prevent the spread of Covid.