The show must go on? The Morristown Green podcast asks MPAC, and John Ginty, about concerts in a pandemic

'WE LOVE YOU MORRISTOWN' : MPAC sign, April 8, 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin


John Ginty, master of the Hammond B-3 organ, has traded riffs with Santana, the Dixie Chicks, and the Robert Randolph Family Band, among others, and he’s graced many great stages, including Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center.

John Ginty rocks his Hammond B3--literally--at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
John Ginty rocks his Hammond B3–literally–at First Night Morris 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

This week, he’ll be playing for people tethered to socially distanced cars in an open field–almost like a daytime drive-in movie.

It’s a benefit for MPAC, and both Ginty and the theater are grateful for a chance to do something–anything–related to music that does not contain the word “virtual.”



Do indoor shows have a future, after a pandemic that has scared an entire planet into staying home?  Can musicians and venues weather this storm?

Episode 5 of the Morristown Green Podcast put the question to Ginty — one of Morristown High’s favorite sons — and to MPAC General Manager Ed Kirchdoerffer, who faces the daunting challenge of putting fannies back into the seats … after thoroughly disinfecting them.  (The seats, that is.)


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