Drive-In concerts have successful launch

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Noblesville’s Ruoff Music Center was part of a grand experiment.

Ruoff was one of three venues used for three nights of drive-in concerts July 10-12

“Live From The Drive In was the first major return to live music here in the U.S., with artists performing live, in-person, giving fans those amazing summer concert experiences they’ve been missing,” Live Nations Venues President Tom See stated. “Thank you to the artists, fans, crews and Live Nation teams for reminding the world that nothing replaces the energy and excitement of live music. We look forward to doing this again soon.”

The other sites were St. Louis and Nashville, Tenn.

The concert stage was set up in Ruoff’s parking lot. Fans drove to their own private tailgate space and enjoyed the performances from outside of their cars.

At Noblesville, Yacht Rock Revue appeared July 10, Jon Pardi July 11 and Brad Paisley July 12.

Geist residents and frequent concert-goers Bill Benner and wife Sherry attended Yacht Rock Revue.

“We and a neighbor couple went with no expectations other than to get out of the house and have an open-air experience,” Benner said. “We left highly impressed with the organization, the staffing, the music and the overall experience. From our arrival at Gate 1 to being parked took no more than five minutes. Departure required even less.”

Benner said although the foursome was a bit far from the stage, the sound was good, and the video screens were excellent.

“Staff did an outstanding job with the portable restrooms and politely enforced the social distancing. We all agreed it was a fun evening, worth the price and something we’d do again,” he said.


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