The COVID-19 outbreak has forced artists from all genres to find new ways to deliver their craft responsibly.


A new performance series running across the country, delivers the fun of a large-scale live music event, with socially distant measures in place to keep concertgoers safe.


The Drive-In Theater Tour is hitting 28 cities this fall and will come to the Highway 21 Drive-In in Beaufort, SC on Friday. The tour will bring Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Zach Williams and acclaimed radio hit-makers, Big Daddy Weave, for a night of inspirational faith-based music.


Tickets are sold per car, with up to six people allowed in each vehicle at entry. Concertgoers can bring blankets or lawn chairs, provided they stay within their designated parking spot. Gold parking tickets cost $175, while general admission tickets run $100.


It’s a new way of bringing live music to fans in a year that has been anything but normal.


For the groups on tour, they say it’s exciting to get back out on the road and perform for their fans after so much uncertainty earlier this year.


"At first, COVID brought it down to zero live performances, unless they were going to happen over the internet," shared Mike Weaver from Big Daddy Weave.


"We did a few of those, but it really isn’t the same at all."


The groups began looking for news ways to reach their fans after live concerts all but came to a halt in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Weaver says a friend of his who is a concert promoter came up with the idea to return to simpler times when drive-in movies were the norm.


"He had actually tried these with some other Christian artists that we really look up to, and they were really going pretty well. He asked if we’d like to jump on the train here," Weaver recalled.


"Then we got another call pretty quickly asking if we’d like to pair up with Zach Williams."


The bands would play together back in the early days, but lately Zach Williams’ career has really taken off, Weaver noted, culminating with a Grammy win for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album in 2018.


Teaming up for the concert series has brought the groups full circle, and has been a lot of fun, Weaver said.


"My favorite part of this tour is seeing people so ready to just do something together, to be in something together," he added.


"There are so many things that put us against one another with social media and politics, and all this other business, but this night everyone chucks all that at the entrance of the drive-in. It’s beautiful."


Big Daddy Weave describes itself as incorporating all kinds of musical inspiration. From pop music, to rock music, and sometimes country music, the band promises an eclectic sound for music fans.


Weaver says the show in Beaufort will be bittersweet as it will be the final night of the Drive-In Theater Tour, the culmination of a 28-city sprint across the country with his best friends.


"We’ve been so grateful to be out with people again, and to be out with Zach and his guys and see them do so well and just have that sense of camaraderie on the road," Weaver shared.


In the end, he hopes the audience has just as much fun at the concert as the bands are sure to, and that they take away a little more inspiration at the end of the night then when they drove in.


"I just hope that people realize there is so much hope and there is so much hope for the future, to not let what it currently looks like get them down, and to realize that they can still find joy even though things aren’t back to "normal.’"