July 3, 2020
It’s a little bizarre, but this whole year is bizarre. I learned I needed to “evolve or dissolve”.
Don Campbell and his band have been performing for the communities for years. Music can provide connection and emotion people are craving in a time when isolation seems to be the norm. Don and his band morphed into playing a lot of shows outdoors, but had to get innovative and creative to perform safely.
“I was having lunch at The Clambake,” Don said, “and I did one of the most fun things I’ve done this year. As I looked around at the people sitting in their cars with their take-out, they all looked so bored. I had an epiphany and thought, the band and I could perform here, in the parking lot. Risbara Construction donated a flatbed to us and we offered to do a free concert. I even made a plexiglass comfort shield for us to perform behind when we do indoor concerts and it was a huge success.” They’ve booked 6 concerts at the Clambake throughout the summer.
The Clambake Scarborough Maine and the band set up the parking lot so safe social distancing could be practiced all while enjoying a delicious meal and a concert. Many musicians approached Don about the materials and instructions for making the comfort shield so they too could be hired and continue performing. Don posted the instructions and materials on Facebook and has seen many of his friends and fellow musicians getting to work making their own.
Don feels so fortunate for the generosity he’s received from musicians and fans, and is grateful his team has shown great strength despite adversity. “I am so happy to have come up with a way to offer comfort to businesses seeking to hire musicians so we can continue to do what we love.”