Release: Music and Comedy at the Sussex Drive-In” to Provide Live Music Fans and Families a Safe Venue for Entertainment
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Sussex, NB - On June 12th Pocologan Productions, in partnership with the Sussex Drive-In, is hosting Music and Comedy at the Sussex Drive-In, the first-in-Canada live music and comedy event of its kind. This unique format will allow music fans to enjoy a community-oriented outdoor live music event for the first time since the introduction of COVID-19 isolation measures. All profits will be donated to the Rotary Club of Sussex so they can continue to provide growth and development opportunities for the people of Sussex, NB.
Performances will include music by The Divorcees and Jamie Comeau and the Crooked Teeth, and comedy by James Mullinger.
The Sussex Drive-In has capacity for 300 cars to safely view video on a large 4-storey screen. Live artists will perform on the stage that will be located in front of the screen. A multi-camera set-up will feed live performance footage onto the screen so everyone can see the action in a social-distancing-friendly manner. The audio from the show will be transmitted to cars using the drive-in’s FM transmitter - a classic drive-in experience!
In New Brunswick's current state of reopening patrons are required to stay in their vehicle, except to use the washroom or to buy concessions. For the most up-to-date physical distancing guidelines, patrons are asked to visit gnb.ca/coronavirus. A friendly and experienced team of volunteers will be on-site to help the audience enjoy a safe event amid the pandemic. The washrooms will also be kept clean with enhanced sanitation measures.
When asked why they decided to host this event, Pocologan Productions Director Jeff Keleher said “for people like us who host events for their community, we don’t do it for the money. You have a drive for it. When the rug gets pulled from underneath you, the drive is still there. It started off as a need to satisfy that drive, but it’s turned into this giant, magical, group effort. We hope this will continue to be a platform for as long it’s needed.”
The gates will open at 8PM on June 12th. The show starts at dusk.
For over a decade, Moncton New Brunswick's The Divorcees have been known nationwide as one of Canada's leading keepers of the outlaw country flame. Winners of two East Coast Music Awards, the band's brand of no-nonsense, blue-collar americana with a Canadian edge has won over fans and peers alike from coast to coast
James Mullinger was one of the UK’s top comedians and the Comedy Editor for GQ magazine when he moved to Canada six years ago. Since his arrival, he has taken the country by storm. Sold out shows across the country, appearances on CBC’s The Debaters, movies, TV shows, festivals, awards, stand up specials – he’s done it all.
An award-winning writer, comedian and filmmaker, he spent 15 years in a senior position at British GQ magazine, interviewing everyone from Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Rudd to Rachel Weisz and Scarlett Johansson and launching the magazine’s digital division. In April 2016 and 2018, James sold out Harbour Station Arena in New Brunswick, outselling both Jerry Seinfeld and Guns N Roses at the same venue.
His latest stand up special, Almost Canadian, shot straight to #1 on the iTunes charts and was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Taped Live Performance. It is available to watch internationally on Amazon Prime Video.
In June 2017 he launched Atlantic Canada's first ever international magazine, [EDIT] - an award-winning premium media brand devoted to celebrating business leaders and creatives doing the unexpected while expanding Atlantic Canada’s global reach.
James has also raised more than $150,000 for Atlantic Canadian charities. He is a much sought after corporate clean comedian and keynote speaker internationally on the subjects of marketing, media and uplifting positivity celebrating life, work and play in Canada.
Jamie Comeau & the Crooked Teeth
Jamie Comeau & the Crooked Teeth is a 4-piece alternative rock/folk group with blue grass inspirations based in Saint John, NB. These 2017 Rising Star winners are gaining serious momentum, and since March 2018, they have taken themselves on the road through the Maritime’s everywhere from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island. Their personality and stage presence bring forth a sound that is somehow both unfamiliar and familiar to the audiences they meet.
About the Sussex Drive-In and Campground
The iconic Drive-In landmark located on Highway 1 is not only undertaking a physical upgrade in 2020 but changing colors and steel from orange to fire engine red, but a venue upgrade as well by playing events other than movies! New owners Don & Tina Monahan who purchased the Drive-In along with the KOA Campground have been working diligently with a multitude of organizers to bring entertainment to New Brunswickers in a safe format that will respect all social distancing parameters that have now quickly become part of our daily lives. What was once started back in 1967 as a leading edge movie venue is quickly re-inventing itself 50 years later to satisfy the new applications for these types of facilities!
About Pocologan Productions
Pocologan Productions is a family-run organization of Jeff, Jenny, Bob, and Rick Keleher. Their flagship event, the Pocologan Camp Party, is an annual independent music and arts festival that celebrates top music talent and artistic counterculture. Like everyone in the music and arts community, the pandemic represented a threat to their safety, livelihood, and sense of identity. Team Poco’s core mission is to bring music to audiences, so creative solutions like live streams and Music and Comedy at the Drive-In are a natural fit.
FAQ for Attendees
How Will it Work?
The Sussex Drive-In has capacity for 300 cars to view video on a large 4-storey screen. Live bands will perform on the stage that will be placed in front of the screen. A multi-camera set-up will feed live performance footage onto the screen so everyone can see the action in a social-distancing-friendly manner.
How will I enjoy the show from my car?
We’re bringing in a full video crew to capture the performances for projection onto the big screen. The audio from the show will be transmitted to your car using the drive-in’s FM transmitter - a classic drive-in experience!
Will there be concessions for sale?
Yes, there will be a canteen selling snacks and non-alcoholic drinks.
Will washrooms be available?
Yep! enhanced cleaning procedures will be in place.
How can I practice safe social distancing?
In New Brunswick's current state of reopening you are required to stay in your vehicle, except to use the washroom or to buy concessions. For the most up-to-date physical distancing guidelines, visit gnb.ca/coronavirus. A friendly and experienced team of volunteers will be on-site to help patrons enjoy a safe event amid the pandemic.
Are there age restrictions?
Nope! This is an all-ages, family-friendly show. Come one, come all!
Can I stay overnight?
You sure can! The KOA Sussex campground is right next door. Make your reservation here.
Jeff Keleher, Director, Pocologan Productions
Jenny Keleher, Marketing Director, Pocologan Productions
Don Monahan, Sussex Drive-In and KOA Campground
Michael Depp, Rotary Club
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As you are all probably expecting by now, after the Government of New Brunswick’s announcement on April 24th we have made the decision to postpone this year’s festival to 2021.
This was an unhappy decision, but not a difficult one. The health and safety of all of you, all of us and all of our performers is paramount and even if we’d been able to proceed in some limited fashion by August it would have been with great compromise and that's something we’re not willing to do.
Poco 2021 planning has officially begun and you can bet it’s going to be exactly as awesome as you would imagine a festival would be after having an extra year to plan! Stay tuned for more details!
What about tickets though?
There are two options:
1. Choose to reuse your ticket at our 2021 event. Anyone who doesn't refund this year will automatically be on "the list" for 2021.
2. Request a full refund from Eventbrite – we will honour all requests. If you have trouble, please reach out to us directly. The required information should be included in the email you received after purchasing your ticket.
That’s not the end of the story though, friends. We’re working hard on all sorts of unique ways to connect performers with audiences in the mean time, so stay tuned!
Much love from The Kelehers & the rest of Team Poco
Photo thanks to Alex Cook at The East