Well, that didn’t take long. On June 11th we ran this story about live music returning to Orange County. The event was designed to be a drive-in type concert. It was scheduled to take place July 4th at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. This would be the kind of live show that’s popping up nationwide. Sadly, the numbers of infections throughout California has increased dramatically since the initial announcement.
As a result of the Covid-19 developments in Orange County, the promoters have decided that out of an abundance of caution they would be rescheduling the show. The show has been pushed back to August 29th. Ticket holders will receive an email from the promoters regarding the event. Refunds are available at point of sale.
If you’re anything like me, you have been jonesing for a live show! Seeing your friends, having a drink, dancing under the stars to your favorite bands, all while singing along at the top of your lungs.
The music industry, like so many others, came to a screeching halt in March due to COVID-19. With the cancellation of so many shows and big festivals like Coachella and Stagecoach, local promoters Jon Reiser of Garden Amp in Garden Grove, festival promoter Chris Lisk, and Jim Filipan of FKOA Presents give concert goers a glimmer of hope.
The three promoters have come together to create the So Cal Drive-In concert series. On July 4, East LA favorites Los Lobos will headline with Mariachi El Bronx, introducing the first-ever drive-in concert at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado. Promoters hope with a successful event that more shows with different genres of music will happen.
MARIACHI EL BRONX
Doors will open at 5:30pm, with the show taking place from 6:30-10:00pm. To ensure social distancing, promoters aim to set the venue up like a classic drive-in theatre allowing fans to sit outside their vehicles. The So Cal Drive-in will host approximately 354 cars and each car will be assigned a 12’ by 18’ space, allowing fans to spread out blankets and chairs.
To further ensure social distancing, there will be a two-foot pathway between each vehicle for fans to access restrooms and handwashing/sanitizing stations. This will be the only time fans are allowed to leave their space.
But what about food, drinks, and merch, you ask? No worries! Golf carts with food, drinks, and merchandise will be driving through the 20-foot wide fire lanes at the front and back of each vehicle row during the event. A menu-style flyer with food, beverage, and merchandise options will help you to order at the golf cart, and servers will bring your order back to your space.
If you are concerned you won’t be able to see and hear the show, don’t be! The venue has a state-of-the-art sound system, with a 40-foot by 50-foot stage, and an enormous LED screen set up behind the band. Everyone will have a fantastic view!
Promoters want fans to know that they are taking every precaution to ensure safety and social distancing. Health and public safety are their number one priority. The venue will be following restaurant-style guidelines when it comes to face mask regulations. Fans will not be required to wear one, but all staff will be wearing them as well as gloves.
The success of the kickoff event will determine whether or not the shows will continue. To help out unemployed industry employees, promoters have ensured there will be more than enough staff to ensure the event runs smoothly. Show organizers have reached out to bands in the country, rock, reggae, and other genres who are interested in participating. There could be enough shows to fill up every Saturday in July!
Ticket pricing for the Los Lobos show varies depending on the row you choose. Tickets will be anywhere from $150-$500 per car, up to six people, making it $25-$83 per person.
Tickets go on sale at 10:00am on Friday, June 12, 2020
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Here’s to more live shows in Orange County this summer!