Written by Nyah Joe on October 1, 2020
As the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the live music industry, enterprising artists and venues around the country are being forced to think outside the box when it comes to playing for an audience. The most recent innovative solution? Drive-in concerts, which have started springing up as an alternative to standing in a packed crowd to see your favorite musician.
From an underground show in Los Angeles to Keith Urban becoming the first major star to hop on the trend, Billboard has rounded up a list of drive-in concerts across the country since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak. We’ll update this list as more drive-in shows are announced.
Oct. 23-25. The Beach Boys are playing three shows as part of the Concerts in Your Car series. They’ll be playing Ventura the 23rd, Del Mar the 24th, and Phoenix the 25th. Visit ConcertsInYourCar.com for tickets.
Oct. 17: Sublime with Rome will take the stage at the Rubidoux Drive in Theater in Riverside, California, for two back-to-back performances starting at 7 p.m. and then 10 p.m. See info here.
Oct. 16-17 and 23-24: Live Nation’s Live From the Drive-In series returns in October with four shows. Jason Isabell and the 400 Unit headline Oct. 16, Blackberry Smoke the 17th, Indigo Girls the 23rd, and Yacht Rock Revue the 24th. All shows will be held at the Ameris Bank Ampitheatre in Alpharetta, Ga. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Sept. 11 on Live Nation’s website; each ticket permits a maximum of four people per car.
Oct. 16-17: Third Eye Blind are playing two shows for the Concerts in Your Car series. The Del Mar Fairgrounds show is at 8 p.m. on the 16th; and the Arizona State Fairgrounds show is at 8:3 p.m.0 on the 17th.
Oct. 10: Rockers GWAR will play a live show at the Diamond Drive-In in Richmond, Va., while following social distancing guidelines. “Americans do everything in their cars, and now that will include watching the greatest rock and roll horror show on this or any other planet!” said Blothar the Berserker in a statement. “Truly, what is October without a global pandemic and the chance to watch GWAR from the comfort of your s—ty old hoopty?!” Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. ET Friday (Sept. 11) and start at $139.95 per vehicle, with a maximum of four people per car allowed.
Oct. 2 & 4: Snoop Dogg is spinning two sets as DJ Snoopadelic as part of the Concerts in Your Car series. He’ll be playing the Ventura County Fairgrounds on Oct. 2 at 8:45 p.m., and the Del Mar Fairgrounds Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.
Oct. 2: Yachtley Crew and Metalachi are performing two shows at shows at the Rubidoux Drive in Theater in Riverside, California, with Yachtley Crew performing earlier at 6 p.m. and Metalachi at 10 p.m. See info here.
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