ROCKLAND — Live blues music returns to Rockland on Sunday, Aug. 9, with a Blues Drive In, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., at the public landing, 275 Main St./Harbor Park.
North Atlantic Blues Festival co-producer/founder Paul Benjamin was approached by Rockland Harbormaster Matt Ripley about having some live music in the park, according to a news release.
“Ripley spoke with the City and the Harbor Committee, came up with a plan and “here it is,” Benjamin said.
The drive-in show will be performed by the Meg Williams Band. Nashville-based guitarist, songwriter and singer Williams represented Kentucky in last year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis; and was house band director for the International Women in Blues Showcase during the IBCs. Her recent debut album is titled Take Me As I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions.
“But to make this work, there are some rules that must be followed,” said Benjamin.
Everyone will need to stay in their vehicles, he said, although those who come in pickup trucks may be in the truck bed with a mask on. To keep social distancing, every other parking spot will be used; cars also will be parked on the grass.
The event is free to the public, but a $20 donation per carload if possible is requested to help pay for the cost of the show. The public landing will be open during this time, and anyone on site is asked to wear a mask.
Two more shows are tentatively scheduled, one on Sunday, Aug. 23, with Johnny Rawls; and one on Sunday, Sept. 6, with Tas Cru.
“The second and third shows can only take place if everyone obeys all of the rules. So if you want live music, it is in your hands,” said Benjamin.
“I want to thank Matt and the City of Rockland for working with me on this. A special thanks goes out to First National Bank as a partial sponsor of the first show,” Benjamin added.