VENTURA, Calif. — The days of catching a show and watching your favorite band perform live may seem impossible since large gatherings are not allowed. But there may be a temporary answer to fill your concert needs: drive-in concerts.
Los Angeles’s mid-20th century culture was defined by drive-in attractions. In the 1950s, there was the popular Gilmore Drive-In, now The Grove, while the Van Nuys Drive-In Theatre was recreated for Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.
In the COVID-19 era, The Concerts in Your Car series at the Ventura County Fairgrounds recently hosted a drive-in concert which featured Los Angeles rock bands Fishbone and Ozomatli. The cost to attend a drive-in concert at the Fairgrounds costs $99 per car, and 500 cars were allowed at the venue.
Some families, wearing face masks, climbed on the roof of their cars to get a better view, while others stayed in and ate pizza as they enjoyed the performance over a well-synched FM radio signal. Concertgoers even honked their approval at the end of songs, all while following social distancing rules.