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Fort Worth's Coyote Drive-In revs up summer with new live concert series

Fort Worth's Coyote Drive-In revs up summer with new live concerts

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Coyote Drive-In will become a concert venue. Photo courtesy of Coyote Drive-In

Fort Worth's Coyote Drive-In has hopped on the hottest trend of our social-distanced summer of 2020: the drive-in concert.

The inaugural show in the new Coyote Drive-in Concert Series will take place Saturday, May 23 from 12-6 pm, on the grounds of the drive-in movie theater in north Fort Worth. The lineup includes Paul Cauthen, Nikki Lane, Vincent Neil Emerson, and Remy Reilly, and the show will be produced by Brandt Wood, of Wood Hall.

Performers will take the stage, but concert-goers will stay in their cars to maintain their distance. (Actually, the organizers clarify, guests may get out of their cars and sit in lawn chairs or on blankets in front of their cars following social distancing guidelines — they just can’t go sit in a big crowd together down in the front of the stage.) 

"Social distancing and COVID-19 community health guidelines are enforced," the organizers say in a release. "All food, beverage, and restroom operations are in place to ensure a safe and entertaining day of music for music fans who have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to once again enjoy live music."

Ticket prices are structured like this: $80 per two people in a car spot —  $40 per person, an $80 per person minimum. (If one person drives in one car, the price is $80. If there are three people in the car, it is $120.) Basically, $40 per person, with an $80 per car minimum.  

Children age 5 and under are free with paid adult admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Coyote Drive-In website.

No outside food or drinks are allowed.

The gates open at 11 am, at 223 NE 4th St., Fort Worth, and parking is first come, first serve (open parking instead of seating).  

A second concert for May 30 will be announced soon, organizers say.

Clearly, Fort Worth music fans are eager to hear some live tunes this summer after the sad cancellation of Concerts in the Garden at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The Coyote announcement comes quickly on the heels of another drive-in concert series launched at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

Dubbed QuikTrip Concert in Your Car presented by Energy Transfer, the four-day concert series will take place June 4-7 in a parking lot outside the Rangers' new ballpark. Tickets for those shows — starring Eli Young Band, Whiskey Myers, Pat Green, and Josh Abbott Band & Kevin Fowler — sold out so quickly when they went on sale May 15 that a second concert was added each day.

Around the country, large venues like Yankee Stadium in New York are being turned into drive-in concert and movie theaters while they are being unused for things like professional sports. Drive-in movie theaters themselves are making a comeback while people avoid big groups during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coyote Drive-In has continued to operate while other movie theaters were shut down. Find the movie lineup and and ticketing instructions for films and concerts here.

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