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The first time I heard the idea of a drive in concert on the radio station was on Alt 104.5 and immediately thought it would be bad-ass idea. And I was right.
When the pandemic and quarantine first arrived, naturally I was devastated, NO MORE CONCERTS?! All the shows I was looking forward to, mainly the front bottoms, cancelled left and right. Along with the rest of society being canceled.
Isolation was getting harder and harder by the day thanks to quarantine mandates and suddenly, while listening to the radio a gift from the universe appeared by hearing the drive in concerts were officially happening. And the band playing would be the front bottoms!! Immediately texts were exchanged with my best friend and a week later we experienced a once in a life time event. Seriously, a drive-in concert? That’s music history man. Never before, and maybe never again? That’s for us to decide.
Since this was an experience like never before we had no idea what to expect. So many questions running through our heads…mostly revolving around what in the world could this possibly be like?
Upon entering we drove into the gates of the citizens bank parking lot and the car was stopped by mask covered staff with police dogs, who opened your truck and let the dogs walk around.
When that was over the parking staff guided cars into every other parking space to abide by social distancing rules.
The earlier you arrived the better parking that you had, but for the best experience you should really splurge for that front row parking and I will explain why.
The parking lot was filling up and the masked staff started to pass around awesome ‘The Front Bottoms’ air fresheners for you car, which is kind of a hilarious memento, and a card with a QR code to a order food that would be delivered to your car via a staff member on a golf cart! We got Chickie’s and Pete’s crab fries of course!
The set up had 3 screens, and the stage wasn’t in the center but off to the right of the parking lot. One screen was farthest from the stage and the other two were directly next to the stage.
The parking lot was filled by the time the concert started. Each car was put in every other parking space to maintain social distancing. Because there was enough space between the cars, no one wore masks at their cars and only put them on to go to the bathrooms (port-a-potties) As you looked around it was interesting to see all the different cars and arrangements, like a giant tailgate, but they didn’t serve alcohol. The fans with small trucks jumped around in their cargo beds (I thought they might break the truck they were jumping so hard), the fans with taller, squarer cars sat on their roofs, some had vans and dangled their feet from the trunk. I had a four door compact car and we found ourselves sitting on a blanket on top of my hood.
When the concert was beginning, the screens instructed us to tune into a certain radio station that the music would be streaming from, which meant we had to leave our cars batteries on during the duration of the concert to be able to hear the music well enough. We brought a Bluetooth speaker to try to connect as recommended, but couldn’t figure out how.
Now, to circle back as to why the front row parking was such a superior choice, and a concert experience of a lifetime. Because of the social distancing rules, the front row was not dramatically filled with people crushed into each other shoulder to shoulder as usual during a concert. Instead it was a front row experience that gave you so much room and freedom to do your thing. And the 5 minutes I spent up there while walking to the bathroom was something different entirely. You could actually hear and feel the live music pumping threw your skin and into your heart and making you feel alive again, something we all need after the months we’ve had in serious lock down.
Now, I love a good crowd of jammers bumping into each other to the beat of the drums as much as the next person, but having front row parking with freedom to actually move as you please was undeniably an extraordinary experience to have too and well worth the ticket price. But regardless, front row or not front row the concert was worth it, I haven’t seen that many people in one spot in months and I felt alive again! And I felt perfectly safe distance wise.
It was a beautiful summer night to sit and listen to music with friends. Even if you couldn’t socialize too much with the new people around there was a bliss in seeing everyone dance and sing at a distance while feeling the vibrations of joy bounce through the air. The space we had made the experience an interesting kind of freeing. I stood in front of my car and jammed out to all my favorite songs like Cough it Out, Twin Size Mattress, Everyone Blooms and so many more great ones! They dropped their new album only 2 days before the concert!
However, we did run into a problem. Because of the fact we needed to have our cars on the entire night to tune into the radio station, by the end of the night my car had died. I couldn’t even honk my horn for the final song, which stealthy was Au Revoir (Adios). Oh and did I mention that is how the entire crowd cheered when the songs ended? The entire parking lot was met with screams, shouts, and laying down the horn. The screens, hilariously, displayed the words “HONK CORE” a pun for encore, during the cheering of the final song.
Our car situation turned out perfectly fine, as they had free AAA on deck. Clearly they seen this coming, I was just one of the lucky ones.
So would I attend a drive in concert again? My personal answer is yes and I would buy the best parking spots for it, although I do need to go buy a new car battery now…
Keep on Jammin’ my friends!