ST. CHARLES – Ron Onesti, president and CEO of the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, made an all-too-familiar announcement about suspending operations in light of the coronavirus crisis, but he added an entertaining twist, according to a news release.

While the the 900-seat live music venue will close its doors until further notice, it won't stop the show from going on in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we shutter our venues during this scary episode we are experiencing today, I believe it is the responsibility of all of us in the music industry to give back to the ticket- and beverage-buying public,” Onesti stated in the release. “We will host the top local bands in the area every night [from] 7:30 [to] 9 p.m. for a free livestream concert for those who will be staying home and in need of entertainment. This will be a seven-nights-a-week initiative until things get back to almost normal.”

Having kicked off March 15, the initiative is called the #MUSICSTRONG Live Stream Concert Series and will be broadcast from an empty Arcada Theatre stage. More information can be found on the venue’s website at

Upcoming artists

The Who tribute band Who's Who is set to play March 19; Rosie & The Rivets on March 20; Infinity on March 21; EZFM with its yacht rock March 23; Heart to Heartbreaker on March 24; a band to be announced March 25; and ARRA performing classic rock March 26.

At 5 p.m. March 22, the Arcada offers Quarantine Academy/Sinatra Sunday with Antonio Duca and Chef Leo Spizzirri.