Following the reveal and sell out of The Music in the Meadow series, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is now proud to announce three new in-person concerts as part of the Live From The Drive-In series hosted at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. Created as a way to reimagine the live music experience during a time of social distancing, the Live From The Drive-In concert series allows fans to enjoy concerts from their own individual tailgating zone. The three shows will take place in Lot A of Ameris Bank Amphitheatre and consist of ASO Performs Windborne’s The Music of Led Zeppelin on October 18, Rock 100.5 Presents Smith & Myers of Shinedown on October 22 and ASO Performs Windborne’s The Music of David Bowie on October 25. Tickets for all three performances will go on sale this Tuesday, September 29 at 10:00 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets. One ticket per vehicle includes a parking spot as well as a private tailgate zone for up to four people.
These drive-in shows are designed to maximize social distancing, and every event will meet all local health and safety standards, as well as state regulations. Concert goers are not required to wear masks while in their assigned tailgate area, however, masks will be required if leaving your space to use the restroom facilities. Fans are allowed to bring chairs, food and drinks, making this a truly unique experience. A simple menu of food items and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. Each restroom unit is equipped with hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers will also be available at multiple placements around the parking lot. Cleaning staff will also be sanitizing high-touch areas before, during and after the show, with increased frequency throughout the concerts. For more details regarding the safety precautions being taken, please visit aso.org/special.
Bridging the gulf between rock n’ roll and classical music, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs The Music of Led Zeppelin on October 18. Amplified by a full rock band and accompanied by singer Randy Jackson’s screaming vocals, creator Brent Havens guest conducts the ensemble as they capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power,” riff for riff while churning out new musical colors. Expect hits from Led Zeppelin’s extensive music catalog such as “Ramble On,” “Kashmir,” “Black Dog,” “Going to California” plus a few surprises.
“My concept for The Music of Led Zeppelin was to take the music as close to the originals as we could and then add some colors to enhance what Zep had done,” says Havens. “The wonderful thing with an orchestra is that you have an entire palette to call upon. The band is reproducing what Led Zeppelin did on the albums, verbatim, and then having an orchestra behind the band gives the music a richness, a whole different feel, a whole different sense of power.”
On October 22, Rock 100.5 Presents Smith & Myers of Shinedown as they take their act to the Live From The Drive-In concert series at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. Hot off their release of “Not Mad Enough” and “Rockin’ In The Free World”, rock duo Brent Smith and Zach Myers invite you to the ultimate live music tailgating experience in Alpharetta. As one-half of multiplatinum band Shinedown, Brent and Zach can often be found topping the rock charts and playing to sold-out arenas around the globe with 10 million albums and 10 million singles sold worldwide, 14 platinum and gold singles, five platinum and gold albums, 16 number one rock hits, over 2.5 billion streams and major mainstream media acclaim under their belt. Smith & Myers illuminates the depth of Brent and Zach as a duo and showcases a very different yet just as powerful musical side of these two versatile musicians.
On October 25, The Music of David Bowie will join Conductor Brent Havens, vocalist Tony Vincent, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a full rock band for a symphonic musical odyssey. This concert will explore the incredible range of David Bowie’s music including the hits “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “Heroes,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fame,” “China Girl” and more!
David Bowie’s unique life and musical sensibilities provide a wide range of different sounds and elements that’s quite different from what Windborne has done in the past. Bowie’s influence abounds within not only the rock community, such as his work with Queen and John Lennon, but also crosses into multiple genres including his work with Pat Metheny or his contribution to a soundtrack with Giorgio Moroder. That introduces a whole new set of challenges and opportunities for Windborne to stage a show that’s unique in its own right but stays within the confines of what we are known for as a presenter.
Cover photo: Jeff Roffman