Updated: Nov 22, 2021
Written by: Mackenzie Christian
We all know, as of now, it is not safe to be in large public crowds and truth be told, no one is really sure when that will be safe again. The live music industry is slowly but surely adapting to this “new normal,” and one of the things that has come out of it is the Drive-In Concert! 🚙
Across the US, major cities are using their stadiums to host drive-in concert series and one night only drive-in concerts. With mask mandates and social distancing at the forefront of these concerts, artists like AJR, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, and the Avett Brothers are doing their part to both fuel their souls and give fans a shrivel of pre-COVID familiarity that feels like hope, joy, and connection once again.
A few weeks ago, Live Nation hosted a "Live at the Drive-In” concert series in Nashville, St. Louis, and Indianapolis with 3 nights in each city. The headlining artists consisted of Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi, Nelly, El Monstero, and Yacht Rock Revue. This was the first major drive-in concert series and although it had its kinks, it was a socially distant live concert in a pandemic - which is all that fans want!
Just a few days ago, AJR put on a drive-in concert at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and needless to say: It.💥 Looked.💥 EPIC.💥 AJR is already known for their flashy stage production, their incredible graphics, and a whole lot of pyro in their normal tours and shows, and this did not disappoint. Being native New Yorkers, AJR understood the importance of being able to maintain safety while still providing a killer show. Masks and all, these concerts are proving to be a great and safe experience for everyone involved.
These shows are giving fans a memory. A night that will stand apart from any other concert. Drive-In Concerts seem to be the best option for how shows will continue to work this fall. Although they are different from what we are used to, these shows are a shining light that soon, we will all stand together and sing along to our favorite songs from our favorite artists. Until then, the drive-in concerts will have to do! 💜
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