In mid-May LowellArts and Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce sent out a survey to gauge responses from its community on whether to move forward with this summer’s Lowell Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts. There were over 350 replies with comments. Lorain Smalligan, Executive Director of LowellArts, “We know that these concerts provide summer fun and times to gather with friends, celebrate our fantastic regional musicians, and provide an opportunity to dance and engage with the performers.
The Boards of Directors of both organizations have made the imperative decision to cancel the 2020 series because of COVID-19. The boards strongly trust the decision is a way of honoring health providers, vulnerable community members, and visitors. “We are saddened, because this decision has not come easily; we have weighed both sides of the scenario through a thoughtful and heartfelt process. Our organizations have a responsibility to follow Executive Orders set forth and we owe it to everyone to keep our community whole.” said Liz Baker, Executive Director of the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.
Both organizations look forward to returning in 2021, twenty years since launching this series together in 2001. Musicians scheduled for 2020 have been placed at the top of the list for consideration for the 2021 lineup.
“Like musicians everywhere, Soul ACCESS is saddened by the recent inability to make music together. We were SO looking forward to bringing joy to the Lowell crowd this summer, but fully realize that it is far better to err on the side of safety during this pandemic. Hopefully, we will be back making music for our Lowell friends sooner rather than later,“ said Roger MacNaughton of Soul ACCESS.