Canal Rock launches late, with precautions

HANCOCK – Canal Rock – a summer concert series held by the City of Hancock and the Hanock Business and Professionals Association and held at Porvoo Park in Hancock – is usually in full swing a this time of year but instead it just started.

“We were supposed to start this summer but we were in lockdown, so they found a place for us,” said Figure 4 Leg Lock rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist Bruce Rundman. The band played from behind a caution tape to establish distance.

“I figure, even if I’m giving it my all, you’re far enough away that nothing’s going to hit you,” said Rundman.

A sign near the band area also encouraged mask wearing and social distancing. While there was a good turnout, groups that arrived together generally stayed together and stayed apart from other attendees, periodically sharing “air hugs” and other socially distant displays of affection.

As more guests arrived, those already seated moved to make distance and some attendees wore their masks for most or all of the three-hour set. Some attendees remained in boats anchored to the nearby docks or floating just off-shore.

“To me, (the turnout) is great,” said event organizer and Hancock Downtown Development Authority Coordinator Deb Mann – herself wearing a mask as she milled among attendees. “It’s safe, we’re social distancing, most people are staying in their groups.”

The band played their set – with no intermission – including classics like “Brick in the Wall,” “Dock of the Bay,” and “Hey Joe.” Between sets Rundman introduced and reintroduced band members with fanciful made up names and attributed songs to comically mix-matched artists.

“We were voted the Upper Mississippi River Valley’s most attractive band. In 1986,” joked Rundman. “We are named after a wrestling move that was made famous by Rick Flair. It was done by wrestlers before and after him but he made it famous. None of us are former wrestlers.”

Canal Rock will return Friday July 24 from 6p.m. to 9 p.m. with “Under the Radar” and “Rewind” on July 31.

Thursday July 30 is also the first of the City’s Outdoor Movies on Quincy Green, kicking off with “Aladin” at 9:37 p.m. August 6 is “Dolittle” beginning at 9:20 p.m. August 13 is “Playing with Fire” at 9:10 p.m. The final film is “Toy Story 4” at 8:51 p.m. on August 20.

“It’s a great opportunity to enjoy local entertainment outdoors while staying safe in the age of Covid19,” said Mann.


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