CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Coronavirus has widely marked a pause for the customary summer gatherings in southern Oregon, but the restrictions have also prompted some creative methods of gathering to enjoy performances. To that end, the Southern Oregon Historical Society says that it will host an outdoor drive-in concert in August.
The drive-in-concert, "Cars Under the Stars," is set for August 28 at Hanley Farm in Central Point. This performance will feature Nick Garrett-Powell, lead vocalist, guitarist, and mandolinist for the Fret Drifters.
"Nick will have your hands clapping and feet tapping with his collection of acoustic music and extraordinary vocals," SOHS said in a statement. "As you watch him perform on stage, tune your radio to Hanley Farm’s FM radio station for the live feed. And bring popcorn, a picnic, blankets, pillows and cold drinks, sit back, relax, and enjoy the live concert in the comfort, safety, and security, of your car!"
Tickets can be purchased online on the SOHS website and will not be sold at the gate. Space is limited to 60 cars, and tickets cost $30 per vehicle, plus Eventbrite fees. Gates open at 5:45 p.m. with the concert running from 6:30 to 8:30.
The event is co-sponsored by the Crater Cafe and The Point Pub & Grill.
Coronavirus impacts have also inspired drive-in movies in Medford at US Cellular Community Park and in Central Point at the Expo.