A Manitoban Christian band lit up the night at their first show in six months to an audience in a field.
Jordan Janzen is the lead singer from The Color. The group was the headliner for the "Fun with Family Day" at Our Farm Greenhouse near Portage La Prairie this past Saturday.
Janzen says, "Playing a show again had all the feels. It was exciting for me but I was a little nervous because it had been so long. I didn't know if I would remember every part of the show. It's a different energy than being in the studio. It was a good reminder of why we do what we do."
This is the first show The Color played live since the start of the pandemic.
"Six months is a long time to not be singing."
Throughout the free day-long event filled with activities for the kids, social distancing guidelines were adhered to, to make it a safe event for all.
"It was a really fun dynamic with the drive-in setting. I think everyone felt comfortable to just sit in their lawn chairs beside their vehicles or in their vehicles."
A few other local Christian artists took to the stage, including Jordan St.Cyr, Jake Fretz, and David Bracken.
"It was also fun to be with the other bands that were there throughout the day and connect with them about the stories of what they've been going through."
The band played on a big stage set up in the middle of a wheat field.
"It was familiar and yet this unique mix. Then when the car horns start honking you feel like you're in the Cars movie. It's the closest I could ever get to being in a Pixar film."
The band took advantage of the downtime when their touring schedule changed abruptly.
"It's been six months since we've been touring. With that amount of time, you're going to go through seasons. So as a band, in the beginning, we took time to be with our families, which was really nice. A couple of weeks into that we started to write."
The Color has been working on some new music as of late.
"We've been doing a lot of writing over zoom, house party, and Facetime which has been a really great season for us. Working on new music is what we've been digging into as a band in this COVID season."
Although the group has been quite quiet on social media during this quieter season, they are working on putting out new information shortly.
Janzen says, "We are working on some options so that we can connect with our fans to share new music, old music, and be able to experience that concert dynamic."