California’s MUSE/IQUE ensemble presents its first drive-in concert

Posted on: June 18, 2020

“Rachael Worby is the founder of MUSE/IQUE, a group known for performing unique concerts in unexpected places,” writes Tara Lynn Wagner in Tuesday’s (6/16) Spectrum News 1 (Southern California). “This weekend found them in a parking lot in [L.A. suburb] City of Industry with the audience in their cars. ‘The notion of going to a drive-in was about freedom, outdoors,’ Worby explained.… There were plenty of precautions taken for the concert, aptly called DRIVE/IN. Parking spaces were meticulously measured. There were no restrooms or concession stands. Audience members had to remain in their vehicles and were asked to wear masks throughout the 45-minute set…. [Musician] Ashley Faatoalia … was thrilled to be in front of a live audience again, even if their faces weren’t visible and their applause was replaced with horns and headlights…. The set list [included] songs like ‘Stand By Me,’ ‘What’s Going On?’ and ‘A Change is Gonna Come,’ … songs that are ‘akin to the Civil Rights Movement and with those messages of encouragement and of steadfast community,’ Faatoalia explained…. This was MUSE/IQUE’s first drive-in and Worby … expects there’ll be a few more events like this down the road.”