Sunday evening, Lovey and I filled a bag with books, peanut M&M’s, and Coca Cola, grabbed our cameras, and tossed two camp chairs in the back of the Pathfinder. It was a “Girls’ Night Out” because the boys had previous engagements that prohibited them from joining us. MarchFourth Marching Band from Portland, Oregon was performing at Long’s Park as part of the free summer concert series and we couldn’t wait for the show.
It was a night filled with energetic music heavy on percussion and brass and accompanied by bawdy circus-like entertainment. From the first moment the drum line began pounding out a staccato rhythm until the last note of the last song was blasted, MarchFourth never stopped playing or moving. The percussion rhythms made it impossible for us to sit still either, and the brass and woodwinds blew our minds. For two hours straight, they poured themselves into their performance. It. Was. Fantastic. We were all happily exhausted when it was over.
[ Long’s Park amphitheater, Lancaster, PA ]
[ The fact that they never stopped moving made them very difficult to photograph ]
As you can see, it was a very interactive show. The audience danced. Performers wandered the crowd. And for the last song, the entire band left the stage and joined the audience for a final hurrah. I must say that despite the gnats that kept trying to hide in our noses, it was one heck of a way to spend a perfect summer evening.
If you are curious at all about MarchFourth’s music, take a listen. While some of the performers and acts are different now, the music is right on target: