Music Takes Center Stage In Parking Lots During COVID-19

When a group of Twin Cities musicians could no longer perform in regular venues, they found a new stage, parking lots, reports Marielle Mohs (2:08). WCCO 4 News - May 1, 2021

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- Well, when a group of Twin Cities musicians could no longer perform in regular venues, they found a new stage, parking lots. Summit Music puts on these parking lot concerts. They've become so popular, they'd like to keep it going far beyond the pandemic. WCCO's, Marielle Mohs, shows us the impact this music is making in our community.

SANDRA SHEIH: Please, please, please, sing along.

MARIELLE MOHS: Sandra Sheih takes center stage. In a Richfield parking lot, playing her flutes to the crowd up above. She's been playing parking lot concerts for 16 different living centers in the Twin Cities for the last year.

SANDRA SHEIH: 20 degrees, I was outside, with a flute. Oh my goodness. Alongside Natalie Vanburkleo-Carbonara on the violin, who came up with this idea, initially wanting to bring music to her grandma living at Village Shores Senior Community.

NATALIE VANBURKLEO-CARBONARA: Summit music just had 100 pandemic parking lot concerts for seniors last week.

BERNICE CROUCH: I am so proud of her. It is delightful to be able to say that's my granddaughter.

MARIELLE MOHS: A big milestone made, but Natalie hopes to make more, continuing these parking lot concerts through the summer and fall. But instead of getting paid to perform from the senior centers, she wants to be able to gift this music to them.

NATALIE VANBURKLEO-CARBONARA: It frees up the budget of the senior communities, but it allows us to pay our musicians and do more, and make a bigger impact.

MARIELLE MOHS: Now that these seniors are vaccinated, some can leave the confines of their rooms, where they have more than enough room to dance.

SANDRA SHEIH: It's not about me being on stage. For me, performing is about me connecting with the audience.

MARIELLE MOHS: In Richfield. Marielle Mohs, WCCO 4 News.

- Ah, pretty amazing. If you'd like to help fund Summit's music parking lot concerts, we've included a donation link on wcco.com.