A lot has changed over this last year. Things that we’ve taken for granted, things like live music, are currently on hold due to global pandemic COVID-19. Today was had a unique experience. Unlike so many people who currently cannot attend a concert, we were able to, and in doing so, we were able to help those in need.
Originally, Summerfest ME was slated to be a multi-day concert on the Eastern Promenade that would culminate with the annual fireworks display, accompanied by the sounds of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. When the country went into lockdown, the organizers of the event, who use it as part of the Ending Hunger at Home initiative, decided to go virtual with the event so they could hold their yearly benefit to help end food insecurities in Maine.
For one night, we took over the State Theater in Portland, ME to shoot performances by The Ghost of Paul Revere and Bell Systems. These will be combined with a socially distanced performance by the PSO to make up an hour long program to be broadcast on WGME13 on the 4th of July.
Overall, this was an amazing night filled with some stellar performances. It may be the only time in my life that I’ll be able to watch live music at the State with almost no one else in attendance. It’s nights like these that make me truly appreciate my career path.