Marc Rebillet Using Drive-In Cinemas For A Socially Distant Tour During COVID-19 : Coronavirus Updates Electronic musician Marc Rebillet was scheduled to be on tour this summer. His revised the plan to tour during the pandemic: hold concerts at drive-in cinemas. His tour kicks off next week.

Musician Marc Rebillet Is Using Drive-In Theaters To Go On A Socially Distant Tour

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "ESSENTIAL WORKERS ANTHEM")

MARC REBILLET: (Singing) Oh, yeah, you're essential. Oh, yeah, you're essential.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right, so this is the music of Marc Rebillet. He is an electronic musician. And he was supposed to be pretty busy this summer.

REBILLET: I really was. I really was. It sucks. I was supposed to be doing all sorts of festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. Of course, those have been canceled.

GREENE: Rebillet is based in New York City. And like almost every other musician on the face of the planet, he saw his live gigs dry up because of the pandemic. And Rebillet needs an audience for more than just ticket sales. It's also what fuels his music.

REBILLET: I'm a one-man show. I make up songs from scratch. And I rely a lot on my audience to give me the energy to do that.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

REBILLET: (Singing) Surrounded by love, by love. Surrounded by love, by...

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Rebillet was on the verge of despair when he got a call from his agents. They told him that a musician in Germany was doing live shows at drive-in movie theaters.

REBILLET: Stop talking. Get off the phone, and let's do this. Let's do this immediately. Let's go.

INSKEEP: Rebillet and his team immediately got to work calling up drive-ins. And they managed to book nine venues for a tour starting next week.

GREENE: And Rebillet says the old-fashioned drive-in is really the perfect venue for this moment.

REBILLET: This is a place where people can literally get in their cars, drive into the venue, never have to have contact with another human being if they don't want to and enjoy a live show.

GREENE: And what a show it will be.

REBILLET: I'm going to have a setup to where I can take a wireless mic and run around the cars, I can jump up onto the - I mean, I don't know. You know, I'll pay your insurance claim. If I jump up onto your car and there's a scuff, I got you. You know, we'll use windshield wiper fluid, blinkers, horns, you name it. It's like the most wonderful challenge.

(SOUNDBITE OF MARC REBILLET'S "HOW TO FUNK IN TWO MINUTES")

GREENE: New kind of concert, right? Musician Marc Rebillet will be doing a tour of drive-in theaters starting next week.

(SOUNDBITE OF MARC REBILLET'S "HOW TO FUNK IN TWO MINUTES")

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