On June 19, Fort Worth will be, for an evening, the center of the Parrothead universe.
“There is not another artist we’d rather be working with,” Brandt Wood says. “Jimmy has taken a personal interest — he grew up at drive-ins.”
What Wood described as “a big film crew” will be on hand during Buffett’s performance, which will be broadcast live, via DirecTV, to every participating, digitally-equipped drive-in across the country.
The concert will be a regular, full performance, according to Wood, who says this concept, which Woodhouse has been working on for the last year, is the biggest of its kind that’s ever been attempted.
Wood says there has been “great response” from the country’s more than 170 digitally-equipped drive-in theaters thus far, and he hopes “Live at the Drive-In” will continue beyond this initial event, and feature other musical acts in the future.
The one-off performance allows Buffett, currently touring in support of last year’s LP Songs from St. Somewhere, to reach “fans that are in the secondary and tertiary markets,” Wood says, “that are often out of range of his normal tour.”
In addition to this special event, Buffett is scheduled to perform June 21 at Frisco’s Toyota Stadium.
While Wood declined to specify the Buffett concert’s potential capacity, previous Star-Telegram reports indicate that the Coyote Drive-In, which opened a year ago on Panther Island, holds about 1,300 cars.
Tickets for the Coyote Drive-In concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday via Buffett’s website.
Ticket prices for Fort Worth were not made available Tuesday, although a Woodhouse spokesperson did say tickets would be $18 at other drive-ins nationwide. (Prices for the Fort Worth show will obviously be higher, sources said, given that it’s the site of the actual concert.) The list of the participating national drive-ins will be announced Friday.