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  • Families gather around their cars before the show, enjoying their concessions and the company of one another.

  • Drive-in concert in Las Vegas on August 29. Creative mix between Pandemic and Metallica’s infamous logo.

Have you ever been lucky enough to experience the thrill of a drive-in concert? Well, if you haven’t, now is your chance, because Covid-19 has brought them back into the spotlight and they are a once in a lifetime opportunity.

In quarantine, many individuals have been left with nothing to do and a lot of time to kill. What better way to spend your day than to take a road trip with your family to see some of your favorite artists perform on a big screen, or sometimes even live on a stage.

While the concert I went to was recorded, many others are still live on a stage while you remain in your vehicle. My dad and I were fortunate enough to see Metallica and Three Days Grace perform, all while sitting in the bed of his truck. Metallica played 17 songs ranging from their first album, which came out in 1982, all the way to their current album which was released in 2019. Three Days Grace opened for Metallica and I have actually been able to see them live in a normal concert setting pre-pandemic as well. They came out with just as much intensity as I had hoped, despite being on video.

It was a very special experience for my father as he got to see a band that he has been following for over 3 decades. Going to the drive-through concert was a significant moment in our lives that we will cherish forever.

As far as what a drive-in concert is like during a pandemic, the rules are that you need to stay inside or around your vehicle and wear a mask anytime you are away from your vehicle. It was quite a treat to be able to visit a concession stand again since I have missed going to the movies and eating popcorn tremendously since the start of the pandemic.

Although the drive-in concert wasn’t the same as a regular concert, the comradery of hearing some of your favorite music with complete strangers and connecting to them in front of you, behind you, and next to you through the language of music is something that is badly missed at this time. But even without some of that usual concert activity and emotion, the loud music alone in an outside venue with a crowd again is something that even a global pandemic cannot defeat.

Coming from someone who has experienced both types of concerts, drive-in concerts are an absolutely incredible alternative and they truly feel like a blast from the past when drive-in theaters were still the place to be. I highly recommend you check out any drive-in concerts that are near you and watch your all time favorite singers perform while you can enjoy the company of your family and friends from your car. The link below will take you to the Ventura concerts in your car website, where you can find artists like Snoop Dogg performing live this Friday.