Created: October 14, 2020 10:22 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— In less than a week, ‘The Voice’ winner Chevel Shepherd will take the stage for New Mexico’s first Green Chile Country Jamboree.
The live drive-in concert will be held at Balloon Fiesta Park on Oct 24.
"There's going to be spots for cars with spaces in between that’s set up there and it's going to be socially distanced, and they're still going to get to watch and enjoy a concert from the safety with their own family and, I mean, wearing masks and all that, but it's just a way to keep music alive because we can't be in the theaters, in the amphitheaters close together, sitting next to each other, so I think this is a good way to bring the music back slowly, and I think it's experimental of course, to see how it works out, how people react to it, but I think that this is a really good way to start,” Chevel said.
Planning a concert is already a big undertaking on its own, but the pandemic has taken things to a whole new level.
Chevel has already performed virtually a few times during the pandemic, and she said those performances were like trial runs for the jamboree.
"Me and my dad came, we all had to wear masks and of course while we're performing we can't wear masks, so we all just had to socially distance, and my sound, I have sound guy, he was all the way across on his soundboard, and we of course had to wipe everything down. But it's, it's crazy to just have all these different instruments and all these things that people touch and you just have to keep that in consideration,” she said.
Chevel said a perk of the pandemic has been getting the opportunity to work with local talent from the Land of Enchantment. Her costume designer, for example, is from Santa Fe, and she’s worked with lots of local actors for her music videos. She said it's her way of showing off the opportunity in New Mexico, and she hopes the jamboree will serve as a way to say thank you.
"I know a lot of people love music and so it being one of the first times that we've been back in New Mexico, at a live venue function to watch it in person, I want it to sound really, really good,” she said. “I want just the emotion to reach them and I want them to know how much I love doing this and how excited I am for it to finally be back."
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