As the world continues to battle the pandemic and spread of the coronavirus, the live music industry suffers epically. With concert performances—the main sources of revenue for both musicians and venue owners—cancelled throughout the summer there became a need for innovation. A safe way to see your favorite artists, so that the live music void doesn’t go entirely unfulfilled.
Drive-in concerts, the latest measure in socially distanced live events, offer fans the ability to enjoy a communal music event safely and comfortably. A stunning and surprisingly easy feat of adaptation, drive-in concerts also afford musicians and other live music industry workers the chance to offset some of their coronavirus-related losses.
Here are the following Drive-In Concerts Near You, a regularly updated list of upcoming socially distanced events. New to the concept of Drive-In Concerts? Here’s What to Know Before You Go.
Iliza Shlesinger: The Forever Tour
Where: Multiple U.S Cities
When: July 30-31, 2020
Where was Iliza Shlesinger supposed to be in 2020? Traveling the world for eight months, performing in multiple continents, to mostly sold-out shows on the “Forever Tour.” “I need it like air,” says Shlesinger, whose ambitious touring schedules and recurrent Netflix specials have earned her a massive fanbase. Once a model for safe performances arose, Shlesinger was a prime comedic candidate to try it.
Shlesinger will be performing for “Drive-In Live,” the outdoor event series organized by the Count Basie Center for the Arts and held at Monmouth Park racetrack in Oceanport, in addition to a show at the Yarmouth Drive-in on Cape Cod. Have your Iliza Shlesinger tickets and want to get pumped for the show? Both 2018’s Elder Millennial and her latest, 2019’s Unveiled, are currently on Netflix.
Where: Citizens Bank Park, PA
When: August 16 – September 7, 2020
If you live in or nearby Philadelphia, you’re in luck. Though fans will be kept out of Citizens bank Park this baseball season, they are invited to attend Live-In Drive-In, a rock and comedy live show experience taking place on stages in the stadium’s parking lot. Set for August 16th through September 7th, concurrently with a few baseball games, Live-In Drive-In will bring acts such as Bert Kreischer, Dark Star Orchestra, AJR, and The Struts to entertain Philly natives.
Though fans will still have to social distance from inside or just outside their cars, the Live-In Drive-In will generate some life, summer fun, and communal entertainment just outside Citizens Bank Park next month. Get your Live-In Drive-In tickets soon, while supplies last.
The Front Bottoms
Where: Monmouth Park, NJ
When: August 27, 2020
Bergen County natives The Front Bottoms will be performing at the Ocean Port racetrack in Monmouth Park next month to celebrate the release of their new album, In Sickness And In Flames. The new album, out August 21st via Fueled by Ramen, follows their 2017 LP Going Grey—their most successful album to date. With the drop of “Camouflage,”one of the In Sickness And In Flames lead singles, fans and critics found this band’s moment had finally, finally arrived. Before the pandemic, they were even slated to tour with iconic Alternative rockers Jimmy Eat World.
Which is why they have to celebrate with at least a couple of shows in 2020. In addition to the Monmouth Park drive-in concert, The Front Bottoms will also be performing in the parking lot of Philadelphia’s Citizen’s Bank Park. We suggest snagging The Front Bottoms Tickets before the album drops, because this New Jersey duo is having a moment.
Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Mac Powell
Where: Select U.S Cities
When: July 16-29, 2020
Fans of contemporary christian music are wealthy with options this summer, as the “Drive-In Theater Tour” continues to bring the genre’s icons to cars across America. The “Drive-In Theater” Tour unites Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Mac Powell for the first time ever to share the stage. Together, they represent over 35 million records sold and 113 number one contemporary christian hits, making this installment of the “Drive-In Theater” Tour particularly stacked. Don’t sleep on getting your tickets, as they are bound to sell out quickly!
Where: Multiple U.S Cities
When: August 10-19, 2020
Master partier and comedian Bert Kreischer will be taking his “Hot Summer Nights” Tour to drive-ins across America next month, beginning with a show at Wichita, Kansas’ Starlite Drive-In. In addition to being the inspiration behind 2002’s National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Kreischer has paved a strong standup career with several specials beneath his belt for Netflix, Showtime and Comedy Central. Bert Kreischer tickets can be purchased for the carload. The only question is: Will Kreischer perform shirtless—as he typically does— during these distanced shows? With Bert Kreischer, there is always an element of surprise.
The Avett Brothers
Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, NC
When: August 29, 2020
Another one of several bands who are still slated to release new albums this year is The Avett Brothers. Though they will not be launching on a tour that resembles promotional pushes of the past, the country folk band will be performing at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina to celebrate The Third Gleam, which drops the day before the concert.
Recently, fans saw a return to roots with The Avett Brothers last single “Victory.” Continuing their tradition of intimate lyrics and Americana storytelling, matched with the pressure of this current moment, fans have something to look forward to in The Third Gleam. Especially those of you who will snatch The Avett Brothers tickets, to see it live.
Where: Select U.S Cities
When: June 27, 2020 – August 12, 2020
Former college linebacker, now country music singer-songwriter Chase Rice will be kicking off Fourth of July weekend this year at the Paramount Arts Center with support from Tyler Booth and Shelby Lore. Rice, who released The Album II last month, will be appearing in drive-ins throughout Georgia for a mini-tour.
By the end of the summer, Chase Rice is scheduled to perform Salem Memorial Ballpark in Salem, VA, where 3,500 lucky ticket holders will be in attendance. Though less than half of the ballpark’s capacity will be admitted, this show will be one of the first to allow fans outside of their cars, together, for a concert much like those of the recent past.
Fitz and the Tantrums
Where: City National Grove of Anaheim, CA
When: September 5-6, 2020
Drive-In OC, an all-ages concert series held at the City National Grove of Anaheim, will be concluding this summer with a concert from alternative, electro-pop band Fitz and the Tantrums. “We couldn’t be more excited to play a show again,” Fitz and the Tantrums vocalist Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick said via a press release issued last month. “We all need live music in our lives. This is gonna feel really special to bring some joy to people in these challenging times and get to do it in a safe and responsible way.”
Fitz and the Tantrums, known for singles such as “Out Of My League,” “Moneygrabber,” and “HandClap,” will perform to vehicles designated 10-feet apart, with fans free to set up chairs around the cars. Intended to be as contactless as possible, attendees will have to download the Mixhalo app before the show for soundboard-quality, real-time audio on their speaker devices.
Earlier this summer, the Drive-In OC concert series sold out three consecutive Andrew McMahon shows, so if you’re planning to attend we suggest getting your Fitz and the Tantrum tickets soon!