Victory North has been forced by the pandemic to switch gears.


The music and event venue recently announced a new series, "Nights at Victory North," that will launch early next month.


The large, airy space will be transformed into a lounge where patrons can listen to a variety of playlists, albums and genres. Some nights might also offer videos, movie clips or guest commentators.


The series debut will feature music selected by owner Mohamed Eldibany, including songs by Sade, Barry White, Marvin Gaye, Leonard Cohen, Elton John, Sting, Adele, Elton John, John Lennon, Whitney Houston and Lady Gaga.


The cover will be $8, with doors opening at 7 p.m. on Aug 6.


Victory North will be following best practices to keep guests safe, including a mask requirement when folks are not in their seats or are interacting with anyone outside their party.


As I write this column, the awesome Charleston-based band Susto is scheduled to perform in September at Victory North, and the venue has bookings for later in the year, like Dark Star Orchestra in December.


But we need to do a better job of stemming infections before we can feel confident about upcoming tour schedules.


With its innovative new lounge series, Victory North can continue to bring people together for great music while we work our way through the daunting challenges.


Victory North may have been operating for less than a year before the pandemic hit, but the early successes proved that Savannahians would support a big venue with the right programming.


Savannah didn’t have anything quite like it. Great sound and lighting, plenty of standing room, a capacity that could attract touring acts that routinely skipped Savannah.


My last trip to Victory North was for a February show headlined by Reel Big Fish, a ska band founded more than 30 years ago. That show wouldn’t have worked well in the city’s larger venues with fixed seats, and the money wouldn’t have worked out in smaller venues.


Victory North hosted other stellar performances, such as Big Freedia, Citizen Cope and Drive-By Truckers.


Chairs and tables were occasionally added for more intimate performances like the one by Savannah Music Festival alum Parker Millsap.


We will eventually get back to those days, but for now we need to support businesses that find innovative ways to get through the next few months.


Bill Dawers writes the City Talk column for the Savannah Morning News.