Cherry popsicles and summertime, laughter and good friends, The Town of Addison and spectacular community events – some things just fit together perfectly. Although the COVID-19 pandemic forced large events to cancel, drastically change or move online (looking at you Taste Addison, Addison Kaboom! Town and Addison After Dark), that doesn’t mean your summer has to be boring. The town wanted to bring some community spirit back, which is why they decided to host Addison Weekend Drive-In on July 17, 18 and August 14, 15. Admission is free for all ages!
“We are excited to invite our guests back to the Addison Circle Park District for live entertainment,” explained Addison Director of Special Events Jasmine Lee in a recent press release. “Our team has worked to create a fun and safe way to enjoy live music here in North Texas and using the vacant lot south of Addison Circle Park provides the perfect location.”
This socially distanced concert series will replace the beloved Addison After Dark this year (Addison After Dark is planned to return in April 2021), as a way to gather and celebrate great music, food and fun in Addison. The town’s Special Events team has worked to create ways to safely allow guests to congregate and enjoy live music, and thus has launched Addison Weekend Drive-In presented by Oncor, two weekends of live music offered to patrons in a drive-in environment. The concerts replace Addison After Dark, a more hands-on interactive entertainment series which the town had been offering monthly.
On two weekends, July 17-18 and August 14-15, fans can listen to live music from a diverse collection of popular DFW bands. Attendees will be able to enjoy the shows from the comfort of their vehicles or bring lawn chairs to sit next to a car. Music will be transmitted via both speaker system and FM radio, providing excellent audio quality throughout the park.
Concerts will be from 8:30-10:30 p.m. and include the following bands:
July 17: All Funk Radio Show
July 18: D City Rock
August 14: Extended PLAY
August 15: Joseph Veazie
The All Funk Radio Show has a repertoire of more than 150 songs in the old school R&B, Motown, funk, pop and hip-hop genres that are sure to entertain those from age 8-80. They are a high-energy dance band that will have you movin’ and groovin’ from the car!
D City Rock is a classic rock band that has James Beaty on bass, Glenn Miller on vocals, Tim Lovick on guitar and vocals, and Mike Stephenson on percussion and vocals. They play covers from iconic artists, including the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Dave Matthews and more.
Extended Play is perfect for fans of Top 40. They are a professional band based in Dallas, that takes pride in playing high quality live music, without the use of tracks. It is made up of lead guitarist Nicholas Cook, keyboard player Chris Jordan, vocalist Kyle Weston, bass player Bruce Reid and drummer Ric Jones.
Finally, Joseph Veazie is an award-winning performer with a “huge vocal range, fun-loving personality and remarkable versatility,” according to his bio. He sings anything from pop, rock, R&B and country, while making it his own. Expect to hear a mix of songs, from Prince to Billie Eilish to Beyonce to Garth Brooks.
Parking for the concerts will open at 7:30 p.m. nightly, and cars will be directed to safe distances. Guests are asked to remain in or near their car during the entire performance. Parking at Addison Weekend Drive-In is limited. Only vehicles will be admitted into the event space. Because there will be no food vendors on-site, attendees are encouraged to support Addison restaurants via dine-in or takeout before thse show.
After the event, stay the night in Addison! Book a hotel room and make it a relaxing staycation, whre you will enjoy reserved front row parking at both the Friday and Saturday night concerts. After the hotel room is booked, send your name, hotel and confirmation number to Alisha Holmberg at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space. For more information on the performances, visit VisitAddison.com/drivein.
We can’t wait to see everyone (from a safe distance, of course) and enjoy an outdoor concert once again in Addison!