November 10, 2020
Back in July, Focus Event Group, a production company based in High Point, North Carolina announced a partnership with the city of Winston-Salem and the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds to launch The Drive, a socially distanced drive-in entertainment venue.
Having hosted several drive-in movies since their launch, the recently formed venue announced a new concert series. With Southern blues rockers, The Marcus King Band kicking things off in early October, the venue will host Steep Canyon Rangers (Nov. 14) and St. Paul and The Broken Bones (Nov. 21) this month.
While many entertainment companies across the country are experimenting with drive-in shows, The Drive seems to have it down to a science. Starting with a touch-free ticketing and concessions system, health and safety are considered in all parts of the event experience. Providing a bit more space than many drive-in events, The Drive offers a 12×25-foot parking space with six to eight feet of distance between each space and up to five people allowed per car. The venue also has its own mobile app accessible through the App Store and Google Play to provide a touchless ordering process with beer, wine, food and snacks delivered to your space.
With four designated viewing lots separated in tiers, and a 150 car capacity, The Drive also boasts a 40×25-foot double-sided movie screen and cinema quality projectors so all attendees have a view of what’s happening on the stage. With audio transmitted directly to car radios through FM transmission, the venue is dialed in for the upcoming fall concerts.
While many bands have stopped touring amid the pandemic, North Carolina’s own Grammy Award-winning bluegrass group Steep Canyon Rangers, and Alabama’s soul outfit St. Paul and The Broken Bones have some experience with drive-in shows in 2020. St. Paul and The Broken Bones are coming off three sold-out shows including Maggie Valley’s Ghost Town in the Sky drive-in show and two nights at North Charleston’s, The Bend. The Steep Canyon Rangers, who recently released their 13th studio album, Arm in Arm, on October 16, has also played a series of drive-in shows in Asheville, Burnsville, and their hometown of Brevard.
Gates for both shows will open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $70 for Steep Canyon Rangers on Saturday, November 14, and $90 for St. Paul and The Broken Bones on Saturday, November 21. Each car pass and socially distanced space will allow up to five people.
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How to enter:
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*Winner announced on November 18, 2020. See official rules*