Despite COVID-19, One-man Band Marc Dobson of Cocoa is still entertaining audiences with his unique performances – from a distance.
The Nova Scotia native who sings, dances and plays harmonica, guitar and drum and tambourine all at the same time will perform at two of Senior Life’s four upcoming Drive-Thru Senior Expos. Dobson will entertain motorists from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16 at Hammock Landing, 205 Palm Bay Road NE, West Melbourne, and 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6 at Melbourne Square Mall, 1700 W. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Two other Drive-Thru Senior Expos will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4 at The Avenue Viera, 2261 Town Center Ave., Viera, and 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2 at the American Police Hall of Fame, 6350 Horizon Drive, Titusville. Attendees at all four events are asked to stay in their vehicles while stopping by exhibitors’ tents.
The outdoor format is ideal for Dobson, a popular performer at several previous Bluewater Creative Group events who is celebrating his 10th year as a One-man Band. The strolling entertainer who says he can play 9.1 instruments is "social distance serenading" due to the pandemic, performing his music and comedy show outside businesses, bars, residential buildings and subdivisions.
A street performer for more than 30 years, Dobson entertains audiences with a backpack drum kit equipped with straps attached to his feet. As he sings and dances, the drums play in accompaniment with his guitar and harmonica. His motorized, self-powered wagon provides 2,000 watts of sound, allowing Dobson plenty of mobility at events and in communities.
"A One-man Band on steroids," Dobson describes himself at his website.
Dobson plays a mix of rock, country and pop music from the 1960s to today that he says appeals to all ages. Dobson’s varied repertoire and his interactive shows have made him a popular draw at fairs and festivals across the U.S.
Exhibitors and event staff will wear masks and practice social distancing during the four Drive-Thru Senior Expos. The first 200 vehicles will receive a free COVID-19 supply kit containing cloth masks, gloves and hand sanitizer. Visitors also will receive free bottled water and a Big Red Bag filled with resources and giveaways.