May 28, 2021

Axios PM

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 416 words, a 1.5-minute read.

  • Wishing you and yours a safe holiday weekend. PM will run as usual on Monday.
1 big thing: The future of concerts is hybrid

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

It's not just hybrid workplaces or schools: In the post-pandemic world, we'll have hybrid performances, reports Axios' Erica Pandey.

Why it matters: Many Americans are still wary of attending large, in-person gatherings like concerts.

These virtual experiences are no small affair. Pop star Dua Lipa put on a virtual concert for 5 million viewers in November 2020.

  • It cost $1.5 million and took five months of prep, reports Rolling Stone.
  • Concert tickets for Dua Lipa's tour spiked 70% after her livestreamed concert.

Virtual can also be a more intimate way for artists to connect with fans.

  • Brandi Carlile did a virtual Christmas show last year where she was sitting at home casually just like the members of her audience.
  • "It really felt like we were just sitting in Brandi's home," Mark Neese of Okemos, Michigan, told USA Today.

The bottom line: Tickets for in-person shows are selling rapidly now, but look for virtual show production to become a growing part of the post-COVID world.

2. Pic du jour: Nature finds a way
Screenshot: National Park Service

Not your usual bobcat den: Biologists studying Southern California bobcats found a mother and three kittens this spring in a cavity up in a tree, AP reports.

  • Their dens are usually found in hollow areas of thick chaparral or coastal sage or in woodrat nests made of piles of sticks and leaves.

Scientists believe the bobcat used the cavity because little vegetation has grown since the Woolsey Fire ravaged the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills.

Go deeper: More photos

3. Catch up quick

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at his Capitol office before the Senate vote. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

  1. Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan Jan. 6th commission, invoking their first legislative filibuster of the Biden presidency. Go deeper.
  2. The six Republicans who voted in favor of the commission were Bill Cassidy (Louisiana), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rob Portman (Ohio), Mitt Romney (Utah), and Ben Sasse (Nebraska).
  3. The New York Knicks will only sell playoff tickets to vaccinated fans if they advance past round one, but it did not say how they would verify if a fan has been vaccinated.
  4. EU regulators approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15. Go deeper.
4. 1 smile to go: CDC eases summer guidance

Teenagers walking on the Santa Monica Pier in April. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld via Getty Images

The CDC says vaccinated teens don't need masks at camp this summer, and unvaccinated kids can usually skip them when outside.

  • Why it matters: This fixes "glaring inconsistencies between earlier camp recommendations that all staffers and campers wear masks and more recent general announcements that face-coverings are rarely needed outdoors and that vaccinated people can often forgo masks entirely," WashPost reports.