WOODLAND – Garth Brooks does everything big and this time he’s even included Clearfield County in a “once-in-a-lifetime” concert experience.
The country music star recently announced that he will play a one-night only concert event for 300 drive-in theaters across North America, and the Super 322 Drive-in in Woodland is on the list.
Drive-in concerts have become a popular alternative with the cancellation and or postponement of live shows amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Brooks will play on the Super 322’s big screen June 27, beginning at dusk or around 9:15 p.m., and if that show sells out, there will be an encore at 11:30 p.m.
The concert, filmed exclusively for this event only and produced by Encore Live, will be the largest ever one-night show to play at outdoor theaters across the United States and Canada.
“I am so excited to … play again. I have missed it so much and want to get back to it,” said Brooks in a news release. “… This is old school, new school and perfect for the time we are in.”
It’s not only a win for Brooks and the music industry, but also for drive-in theaters and local communities since the star is known for having a big fan base.
“Garth, other artists can’t perform for big audiences right now,” said Super 322 Owners Bill and Barb Frankhouser, “and studios aren’t putting out any new movies.
“… We’re playing all retro, and will be lucky if we break even this year; some drive-ins gave up this summer; we couldn’t though … and now we’re trying something new.
“We’ve never done this before, and are hoping it takes off. It’s awesome, it’s exciting for us and our community because Garth is really popular and this show hasn’t been out there yet.”
The drive-in sits on 12 acres of land and has room for 650 vehicles, but the Frankhouser’s have reduced that capacity, so that vehicles can be spaced out more.
The concert will adhere to CDC guidance as well as all state and local public health mandates. Encore Live has also partnered with leading health experts to establish procedures for staff and fans.
“Drive-ins are the perfect [outdoor concert] venue,” the Frankhouser’s said. “It’s safe. People can practice social distancing by sitting inside their car or somewhere nearby outside.”
Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. Friday, June 19, and only 400 tickets will be sold per show. They can be purchased online on Ticketmaster and are $100 per car/truck (with a maximum of six people).
The gate will open at 7:30 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Parking will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with vehicles spaced six feet apart.
Attendees are reminded that no outside food, beverages or alcohol are permitted inside the theater grounds. The concession stand will be open throughout the concert.
Brooks is the seven-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, a first for any artist. He is also the first and only artist in history to receive eight Diamond Awards for the now eight albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each.
He remains the top-selling solo artist in U.S. history, certified by the RIAA with 156 million album sales. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist.
In January, Billboard announced that Brooks was the first artist to make it on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in the ’80’s, ’90’s, ’00’s’, ’10’s and now ’20’s.
He debuted “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)” in 1989. Now, with “Dive Bar,” a duet he sang with Blake Shelton, he makes his appearance on the list in 2020.
Brooks has also now gone vinyl with his meticulously-curated vinyl package, LEGACY. This career-defining collection includes No Fences, The Chase, In Pieces, Fresh Horses and Triple Live, plus CDs with bonus tracks for a total of seven vinyl albums and seven CDs in each edition.
In March of 2019, Brooks launched The Stadium Tour, which has broken stadium attendance records at every stop so far, and was the best-selling country music tour in 2019.
In 2017, Garth finished the three-and-a-half-year long Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour sold over 6.3 million tickets, making it the biggest North American tour in history and the biggest American tour in the world.