Garth Brooks to headline one-night concert event at 300 drive-in theaters

Friends in low places? Nope. Garth Brooks wants his friends at the drive-in.

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year announced Thursday plans for a one-night drive-in concert event on June 27. Brooks and his band will broadcast the performance to an estimated 300 outdoor theaters in North America.

Brooks and company created the show exclusively for the theaters, a news release said. Tickets to the rain-or-shine event cost $100 per car and can be purchased June 19 at 11 a.m. CST via ticketmaster

Texas-based event company Encore Live produces the show. Ten theaters in Tennessee plan to play the show, per the Encore Live website. Each broadcast location will adhere to local health guidelines, a news release said.

On Thursday, Brooks told "Good Morning America" viewers that each site should hold about 250 to 300 cars.

"They're gonna run it just like a regular concert," Brooks told "GMA" host Robin Roberts. "This is a reason to get out of the house, but at the same time you get to follow all the COVID rules for every individual state. You get to have fun and stay within the guidelines of social distancing.

"We're calling it social distancing partying. This should be fun."

Brooks' event — billed as "the largest ever one-night show to play at outdoor theaters across the United States and Canada" — comes as socially distanced "drive-in" concerts continue to gain momentum this summer.

This weekend, country star Alan Jackson plays a pair of drive-in shows in rural Alabama. Later this summer, Franklin-based concert promotion company Awakening Events launches full-production drive-in tours respectively featuring TobyMac, Newsboys United and Michael W. Smith.

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