Indoor music venues are still unable to viably and safely host live music, but many outdoor venues are finding ways to provide musicians a stage again.
Coach’s Corner on Thunderbolt has led the way with several concerts in their outdoor "Sound Garden." On Friday, Coach’s Corner will host The Magic Rocks and Voodoo Soup. Then on Saturday, Head Games: A Tribute to Foreigner will take the stage.
Collins Quarter in Forsyth Park has also been able to present live outdoor concerts for patrons and the community on Sundays. So far they have hosted performances by Willie Jackson and the Tybee Blues Band, and the Eric Culberson Band with special guest Dolette McDonald.
The husband and wife country duo, Lyn Avenue, are scheduled to perform in Forsyth Park at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Each venue has their own set of challenges and CDC requirements to meet, but the outdoor spaces have made it easier to provide safe concert experiences with plenty of social distancing.
Starland Yard has been hosting some live music as well with DJ Press Play spinning music on Fridays and Saturdays, and James Lee Smith of Voodoo Soup and A Nickel Bag of Funk organizing shows for Sunday nights throughout July.
"Basically our ‘stage’ is one of our covered containers, but it currently has two picnic tables in it, which are two of the eight picnic tables we have in that area," said Ava Panziani, GM of Starland Yard. "The way we have things spread out, it’s kind of tough to maintain social distance with tables and still have our maximum responsible capacity. When we’re looking into July, we’ve had a few different phases of opening. People on the whole have been very respectful of our policies. Since we’re outdoors, we have a lot going for us being in the sun all day and having the space to spread out. We’re asking guests to pick a table and stay at the table that is a little departure form our usual wandering around crowd. People, for the most part, have been really good about it, and because of that we’re thinking if we’re get people sitting at tables there is no reason we can’t get music set up."
Big touring acts are finding unique ways to play for their audiences outside. For example, Beaufort’s Highway 21 Drive In Theater is hosting two of Christian music’s biggest acts this summer with 7-time Grammy winner Toby Mac on June 22 and the Platinum-selling Newsboys United on July 8.
Tickets are sold by the carload to ensure that families and friends can continue to practice social distancing, and can be purchased at DriveInTheaterTour.com.
"We are so excited to be able to come and play to fans all across America," said Michael Tait, lead singer of Newsboys United in a press release. "Covid-19 has changed all of our lives, but through it, we have learned that love is patient and love is kind. Now we have the opportunity to come together safely and express our love for our Creator who has been with us through these trying times."
"A few Saturday nights every summer my family and I head to a local drive in movie theater. We always love it," said TobyMac in a press release. "When we started discussing live shows in this quarantine season and the idea of playing drive-ins came up… I said, let’s gooooo! It feels like summer, safe for everybody, and we all get to enjoy live music again. We bout to make some memories."