The full slate of live entertainment events planned for the Pechanga Casino in Temecula, California has been postponed through at least the end of March, 2021, as coronavirus restrictions on live event attendance continue to confound the industry. Concerts and other events including a popular New Years Eve celebration have either been cancelled or postponed until dates later in 2021.
“Pechanga has become renowned in recent years for the best New Year’s Eve celebration in Southern California, so it is disappointing to cancel events and gatherings reserved for this special day,” Pechanga Development Corp. President Jared Munoa said. “Considering the ongoing COVID conditions in Southern California, this is a very prudent measure. We are grateful for the team’s efforts to provide the best and most comprehensive health and safety measures.”
Performances by Chaka Khan and Pitbull are among the acts impacted by the Pechanga Casino decision. The casino had previously announced that all of its 2020 events would be postponed to 2021, but opted to move its event reopening further back amid what some are calling a predicted fall uptick in coronavirus cases.
California had recently updated its live event guidance to allow counties with better metrics related to the virus spread to allow limited crowds at live events. Santa Clara County, however, opted against allowing the San Francisco 49ers to allow fans despite it being one of the three locations that could have opened live event doors. Riverside County, where Temecula is located, is in the purple “widespread” tier, meaning many businesses – including live event venues – are closed by government order.
Currently, the earliest event shown on the Pechanga website is a June 26, 2021 performance by Tower of Power. The Go Go’s (June 27) and Sebastian Maniscalco (August 27) also show upcoming dates. Several others, including Chicago, Bell Biv Devoe, Pitbull and Chaka Khan, are marked as cancelled at this time.