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.
Where: Multiple U.S Venues
When: August 29, 2020
Coming up in the Encore Drive-In Nights showcase is a night with one of America’s most celebrated rock bands, Metallica. Similarly to previous Encore Drive-In Nights concerts, Metallica will be performing a live concert to be filmed exclusively for drive-in theaters across America. With over 300 participating drive-ins, several lucky fans will get to enjoy a cinematic Metallica concert experience from the safety of their cars.
Because this show will be for one night only, August 29th, Metallica tickets will likely sell out quickly. Remember, one ticket covers up to 6 people per car, averaging out to a much smaller expense than what fans typically pay to see their favorite musicians perform. Though this doesn’t replace the experience of being at a live show, a starry summer night at the drive-in never disappoints.
Where: Pittsburgh & Scranton, PA
When: September 11-12, 2020
Glam, metal, comedy rock band Steel Panther will be performing two “socially and sexually distanced” shows in Pennsylvania next month. “Bring your hot rod and hot dates to the concert event of the weekend. This ain’t your momma’s NASCAR,” said the band in a collective statement, adding, “This is Steel Panther live and out of our cage in Los Angeles. You’re welcome Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, the local government has informed us that it is totally ILLEGAL to attend this concert naked. They blamed Covid; so please STILL wear a mask when you’re around strangers!”
For this upcoming “Fast Cars and Loud Guitars” Drive-In Tour,” Steel Panther will be performing live onstage at Pittsburgh’s Starlite Drive-In and Scranton’s Circle Drive-In. There will be a movie screen broadcasting the concert. Fans will have the option of listening to the show through an outdoor PA system or via the FM radio transmitter in their cars. With only two drive-in concerts scheduled so far for 2020, Steel Panther tickets are bound to sell-out soon.
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.
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.
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!