Marc Ribellit

Youtuber, musician, improv master, high-energy performer Marc Rebillet may be the only artist getting ready for a tour in the midst of COVID-19. Rebillet is kicking off a tour of drive-in theaters that comes to Tulsa’s own Admiral Twin drive-in, 7355 E. Easton St., at 8 p.m. on June 20. Learn more about what to expect from the experience and how it came about below, and get your tickets at iwannahotbox.com.

Let's talk about the driving concert tour. How did that come about? Did you have a tour before or was this a product of COVID? Yeah this is brought to you by COVID. I had a tour back in March, I was supposed to be going to Australia and New Zealand. That was obviously cancelled. And yeah, I did a few live streams in the spirit of the ones that I usually do, but I sort of mimicked the dates and times that I would have been playing over there and that was fun.

Basically, the future has been looking pretty grim in terms of shows and there's just really nothing happening. So my agents called me with this brilliant idea they heard about from one of their friends in Germany ... a drive-in movie theater show, and it did very well, and that's really all they needed to say. I was like, let's go let's hit it as hard as fast as we possibly can. Let's get on the road. And so they put together the tour in about a week and a half. 

What should we expect from the shows? Honestly I'm not totally sure because it's really the first time that anyone has booked a tour like this. But I am thinking of a bunch of creative ways to interact with people while they're in their cars, the horns, the lights, the windshield wiper fluid, there’s a million things that we can do. I'm going to be up as close to the cars as I possibly can. I'm going to be running around the cars. Definitely be interacting with people. And then outside of that, it's going to be one of my shows, which is always improvised from front to back. Nothing planned. No setlist. So, it's a different show every time. And I think we're also doing things sort of in the spirit of a drive-in. My opening act instead of a musician is going to be a short film probably around 10 or 12 minutes and then we'll hit the show. I'm pretty pumped about it.

What are you most excited for about the whole tour? I think it's going to be a completely different energy. I've been doing a lot of live streams in quarantine and I have run into a couple of creative walls just in terms of being inspired and coming up with new sh—, you know, just coming up with new ideas becomes harder and harder as you get more and more insular. So I'm really just most excited about having my mind and my body be in a different place. That's just automatic ammunition for new material. So that's what I'm most excited about, getting in front of people again.

Have you ever been to a drive-in movie before? I have been a few times. I've taken a couple of dates there. I used to live in Dallas, and there was one not too far from there — I have some wonderful memories at that drive-in. Although it's funny because they're sort of considered like a dinosaur. And now with all this happening, I think they're there. There's one in LA doing better business than ever. They're selling out every day because people just want to go see a movie and be around people. 

What was it like trying to plan this with COVID rules? I think it was much more difficult for my agents than it was for me, they put the whole thing together, but yeah, we're having to be really careful. There's a whole list of regulations and criteria that people who buy tickets are made aware of. Like, your window can only be rolled down a few inches and now we're gonna do bathroom breaks by rows and the bathroom is sanitized before each use. We're selling merch and food but it's going to be delivered to your car by someone in a mask and gloves and all of that, so we're taking every precaution. It's not the most exciting thing to work through, but it makes something like this possible. And, you know, the nice part is that when you pull up and all is said and done, and you're at the show you know, you can do whatever you want to do in your cars. It’s your business.

So what would you say to someone who was thinking about coming to this but maybe didn't think that the energy of a live show would be worthwhile if you're just sitting in your car, why would you tell them to come? I would say buy a ticket and let me prove you wrong. You know, I agree that it's going to be different. It's not going to be a live show at a 1,000 capacity venue with everyone packed in there sweating together. It's going to be something very, very different from that and, my job as a performer is going to be to get this show as close to that as I possibly can. Also this is your only chance to be at a music event, really in any form, for I don't know how long. So, here's your chance to get out there.

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