Is this the future of live music? Rapper Raz Simone hosted a drive-in concert for his fans and it’s low-key genius. The event which was part drive-in movie meets silent disco went down in his hometown of Seattle on May 9.
While Raz performed on a 13 foot tall roof top, concert-goers were given wireless headphones to listen along from their cars. 30 or so cars gathered in a Seattle Center parking lot according to the Seattle Times.
Simone’s DJ Anthony Danza, also a local rapper, set up on a folding table a few feet away to maintain proper social distancing.
Fans were instructed to remain in their vehicles and most everyone obliged. A handful of the of the event’s organizers and photographers wore masks, and performers, including local rap vets Fatal Lucciauno and King Leez, wiped off the microphone between songs.
“This is crazy. Look at this backdrop we got here,” Simone said, motioning to the Space Needle and the Frank Gehry-designed MoPOP to his right.
It’s not clear if Simone got a permit or even permission to hold the free semi-secret show. The location outside Memorial Stadium was disclosed privately to fans the day of the event. Obviously it goes against the states stay-home order, which restricts public gatherings, but may be the new normal for music lovers since COVID-19 pulled the plug on the global live entertainment industry.
This could be the way of life for movie goers as well. A source told us studios are highly considering releasing films in drive in theaters instead typical movie theaters in coming months.
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