"Getting back in the groove and maintaining all the COVID-19 balances has been the biggest thing and our biggest fear."
Steve Newsome of Stony Plain is rested, has new content at the ready and is returning to the entertainment ring like a boxer with a title fight.
The local Tri-Region musician has two public shows scheduled over the course of this month and November. He will be lending his support to country artist Gord Bamford when he stops in Acheson for a drive-thru concert Oct. 24 and has a night with a full band backing him on the docket at the Cook County Saloon in Edmonton Nov. 14. Each event will follow provincial health guidelines and for Newsome getting back to what he loves provides an opportunity for him to rediscover his skillset that has been mothballed due to the scourge of the virus.
“Let’s be honest we are out of practice,” he said. “Getting back in the groove and maintaining all the COVID-19 balances has been the biggest thing and our biggest fear. The last thing we want is anyone getting sick with me or with the crew. Our event in Edmonton will have limited seating and I am definitely looking forward to performing with Gord. I have not had the opportunity to do that at all in the past.”
According to the most recent rules from the provincial government performers should not directly face other performers while singing, a disposable foam microphone windsock is encouraged to be placed over vocal microphones and non-singing and non-wind instrument musicians are advised to have physical barriers like Plexiglass if they cannot properly distance. It is a shift but Newsome added that he hopes to offer the same quality that people have experienced from his work in the past and that the nights he and his band steps out are electric.
“We are going to rock it out and have a good time,” Newsome said. “There will be some energy. We cannot share microphones, but that is not a big issue. I do not know if anyone has been to any shows but there are not a lot of dance moves. It is kind of a good thing for me. All the tests that we have been doing have been successful. We did a video shoot recently; it was a full day and I still have a lot left to put out.”
More about Steve and any upcoming shows that he may add can be found on his Facebook page.