26 www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com | www. ReadMPM. com | www. I LoveMountPl easant . com T he COVID-19 pandemic that started in March 2020 had an impact on many industries, including entertainment. Shows and performances at theaters, stadiums and concert venues screeched to a halt in an effort to protect guests from the coronavirus. Now, as mask mandates begin to lift and vaccinations continue, music lovers and live entertainment enthusiasts have started looking for updates on when their favorite local spots will resume with regular operations. While certain events may still be delayed or postponed, many others have decided to proceed with cautious optimism. For those looking to enjoy live music, food and a friendly atmosphere this summer, we’ve rounded up some of the most popular outdoor venues East of the Cooper. AWENDAW GREEN BARN JAM Located off Highway 17 North, Awendaw Green’s Barn Jam is a Lowcountry favorite. Now in its 12th year, Awendaw Green has been a cornerstone of live music and outdoor entertainment since 2009. The idea behind utilizing the Awendaw Green to showcase local undiscovered artists began when Dr. Eddie White’s son started making his own music. As his son’s interest BY FAY M. BOUDE T Entertainment is Back LiveMusic Returns to Our Favorite Stages AroundTown Photo by J enn Cady. Photo by J enn Cady. Now i n i t s 12th year, Awendaw Green has been used for l i ve mus i c and outdoor enter ta i nment s i nce 2009 .