The transfer towards holding drive-in concert events this summer season — as explored in a Selection characteristic earlier this week — is choosing up steam, with two Christian music artists of word, TobyMac and Newsboys United, asserting that they’ve every booked excursions that may happen solely in 16 current drive-in theaters within the South in late June and early July.
Tickets for the social-distancing exhibits are being bought by the carload, with as much as six patrons allowed per automotive. Common admission for the exhibits is $100, or $175 for most popular parking spots near the stage and display. At some drive-ins which have two screens, a less expensive $75 possibility is obtainable to observe the present on the second display, with out a view of the stay stage.
The dual excursions have been the brainchild of the nationwide Christian music tour producer Awakening Occasions, which managed to safe what could come to be a coveted URL, driveintheatertour.com, for his or her occasions.
“A couple of Saturday nights each summer season my household and I head to a neighborhood drive-in movie show,” mentioned TobyMac in a press release. “We at all times like it. Once we began discussing stay exhibits on this quarantine season and the concept of taking part in drive-ins got here up, I mentioned, ‘Let’s go.’ It appears like summer season, protected for everyone, and all of us get to take pleasure in stay music once more. We ’bout to make some recollections.”
These two artists aren’t the primary to e-book solely drive-in theaters for a tour this 12 months. That honor belongs to EDM artist Marc Rebillet, who has put 12 exhibits on sale at 9 ozoners in June, with an additional geographic attain. Not one of the 9 drive-ins on Rebillet’s tour duplicate any of the 16 being utilized by TobyMac or Newboys United.
“COVID-19 has modified all of our lives, however via it, we’ve got realized that love is affected person and love is type,” mentioned Newboys United lead singer Michael Tait. (Tait was TobyMac’s bandmate within the seminal Christian hip-hop-pop group DC Discuss earlier than members went their separate methods.) “Now we’ve got the chance to come back collectively safely and specific our love for our creator who has been with us via these attempting instances.”
Though various different artists and festivals have checked out utilizing drive-in theaters this summer season, some drive-in house owners have mentioned they’re not concerned with internet hosting concert events, saying they’re already doing an excessive amount of enterprise promoting out motion pictures — at the least whereas indoor theaters stay closed — to surrender screens and dive into the live performance promotion enterprise. A few of them could rethink that, although, if exhibits like these promote out, which appears a chance, since they depend as an underplay for a performer like TobyMac, who was filling arenas earlier within the 12 months.
As famous in Selection, Reside Nation plans to get into the out of doors live performance enterprise this summer season, though the mega-promoter might be establishing exhibits in amphitheater parking heaps reasonably than utilizing current drive-ins, which have much less capability and are principally positioned in smaller cities.
Eight of the drive-ins getting used for the Christian performers’ newly introduced outings are internet hosting each artists over the summer season, whereas one other eight are reserving only one or the opposite. The exhibits, by venue:
The Kenda Drive-In Theater in Marshall, Arkansas: Newsboys United June 18, TobyMac July 9.
The Sundown Drive-In in Aurora, Missouri: Newsboys June 19, TobyMac July 10.
The 66 Drive-In in Carthage, Missouri: Newsboys June 20, TobyMac July 11.
The Starlite Drive-In in Cadet, Missouri: Newsboys June 21, TobyMac July 12.
The Freeway 21 Drive-In in Beaufort, South Carolina: TobyMac June 22, Newsboys July 8.
The Monetta Drive-In in Monetta, South Carolina: TobyMac June 23, Newsboys July 7.
The Blue Moon Drive-In in Guin, Alabama: Newsboys June 24, TobyMac July 6.
The Stardust Drive-In in Watertown, Tennessee: TobyMac June 25.
The Montana Drive-In in Estill Springs, Tennessee: Newsboys June 25, TobyMac July 7.
The Pink Cadillac Drive-In in Centerville, Tennessee: TobyMac June 26.
The Henagar Drive-In in Henagar, Alabama: Newsboys June 26.
The Iuka Drive-In in Iuka, Mississippi: TobyMac June 27.
The Birdsong Drive-In in Camden, Tennessee: TobyMac June 28.
The Macon Drive-In in Lafayette, Tennessee: Newsboys July 1.
The Sauerbeck Household Drive-In in La Grange, Kentucky: Newsboys July 2.
The Parkway Drive-In in Maryville, Tennessee: Newsboys July 6.
One other Christian music star, Michael W. Smith, has booked a “worship drive-in live performance” for Franklin, Tennessee on Could 30, though that one will happen at Williamson County AG Expo Park, not an current theater.