As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic keeps on wreak ruin on the live music industry, enterprising artists and venues around the nation are being compelled to break new ground with regards to playing for an audience. The latest creative arrangement? Drive-in concerts, which have begun springing up as an option in contrast to remaining in a packed group to see your favorite musician.
From an underground show in Los Angeles to Keith Urban becoming the first significant star to hop on the trend, below has a list of drive-in concerts the nation over since the start of the coronavirus flare-up.
June 13: The Davisson Brothers Band is playing outside at the Sunset Drive-In Theater in Meadowbrook, W.V. Tickets are $80 per car.
June 9: Electronic musician Marc Rebillet will set out on an eight-city Drive-In Tour, beginning with consecutive nights at a yet-to-be-reported venue in Baltimore, Md. From that point, he’ll go through tour stops in Charlotte, N.C. (June 11); Indianapolis, Ind. (June 16); Kansas City, Miss. (June 18); Tulsa, Okla. (20 June) and Fort Collins, Colo. (22 and 23 June), preceding finishing off with appears in Fort Worth (June 26 and 27) and Houston, Tex. (June 28).
June 4: Black Jacket Symphony will play out the first show of their Concerts From the Car series, and will concentrate on The Beatles’ Abbey Road. The event will occur at the Hoover Met Complex in Hoover, Ala., starting at 8 p.m. local time. The band’s upcoming concerts will highlight the music of Queen on June 11, Journey on June 18, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on June 25.
Eli Young Band will commence the Concert in Your Car series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Tex. The country act will be followed on subsequent nights by Whiskey Myers (June 5), Pat Green (June 6), and Josh Abbott Band & Kevin Fowler (June 7). Every artist will play two sets – at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. The whole concert series sold out within only hours.
May 23: Kasim Sulton will perform two Saturday shows at the Tupelo Drive-In Music Hall in Derry, NH, one around early afternoon, and another at 3 pm.
May 16: New Hampshire music venue Tupelo Music Hall got inventive on by reinventing itself as a drive-in concert experience. Instead of offer seating in the venue’s 700-seat theater, proprietor Scott Hayward made an outdoor stage for local artist Tim Theriault to play two sets of cover songs by everybody from Stevie Wonder and Aerosmith to the Allman Brothers Band and Chicago. Rehearsing the state’s socially distancing rules, participants checked out a local FM radio station to tune in to the 90-minute concert.
Duo Ross Snow and Justin Betz set up an acoustic drive-in show on for supporters at The Wooden Match, a local restaurant in West Bethlehem, Penn. Around 40 individuals allegedly appeared at the socially distanced concert and requested takeout from their cars, however, some left their vehicles to remain in the parking lot, causing debate about whether such events were protected without more rigid rules set up.
DJ D-Nice performed for first responders, who appreciated the show from their vehicles, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
May 15: Keith Urban surprised fans in Tennessee on Friday (May 15) with an unannounced drive-in show at Watertown’s Stardust Drive-In. Furthermore, the country star played the extraordinary concert as a thank you to around 200 front-line medical workers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, every one of whom pulled up to the show in their vehicles.
May 7: Singer-songwriter Ben Ballinger played a drive-in show for a crowd of only 25 vehicles in an open field in Austin, Tex. The folk artist played out his whole set, which sold out very quickly, through the radio broadcast on his SUV.
March 26: Local performers in Los Angeles collaborated with not-for-profit radio station Dublab for an underground, drive-in concert at Echo Park on March 26. Additionally, around 50 vehicles and 900 individuals all out socially distanced at the show to hear outside the box artists Jeremiah Chiu, Celia Hollander, Ben Babbit, and others perform from the safety of their vehicles.