Bruce Marshall & the Shuffle was a Drive-In goer's dream. Great fall weather, gingham covered picnic spaces, and a mask-covered crowd moved to the music. Marshall, the consummate performer, and the Shuffle delivered a consistent quality performance on Sunday. Before the performance began, an experienced Bruce Marshall follower came up to the stage to ask if they could dance, knowing Marshall's music was hard to sit still to. Concert attendees were either in their lawn chairs fall-clad or dancing in their personal spaces in front of their vehicles.
"It was a terrific experience for our band, we hadn't played in months, the crowd was right into it from start to finish! We got to debut our new single "Shake Up the Status Quo", which is currently in regular rotation at WMWV. The message of the song resonated with the audience."
Brackett Clark of Rising River Records and sound technician for Denmark Arts Center has engineered quality sound for performances each week in a challenging Drive-In setting. Marshall resounded, "Brackett did a terrific job with the production, the RV back stage was most appreciated and the food from Standard Gastro Pub was amazing. We hope to get back there in '21!"
Michelle of Padruig Design, an onsite vendor, commented, "I'm so very thankful that the community is pulling together to find creative ways to safely use our public spaces. I think the drive in concerts could be a COVID activity that catches on."
This COVID-safe music series is in substitution for Denmark Arts Center's fall fundraiser. These concerts are rain or shine events, as their music will be piped into your vehicle in case of inclement weather. A description of what the experience will be like at the concert accompanies each band listing on the website. The goal for each of these events is to get art into the community, employ musicians, and provide a bit of relief for our weary minds. The DAC would like to additionally thank their season sponsor Atlantic Hardwoods of Portland, ME.