Brett Kissel playing drive-thru charity concert in River Cree parking lot June 13
Country singer Brett Kissel at Rogers Place in October — he's playing the River Cree parking lot June 13. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia
As we cautiously move from our living rooms back into the real world, the idea of watching live concerts huddled together like baby owls still seems a long way off in terms of plain sensibility during a COVID-19 pandemic which has not even globally peaked, with no available vaccine in sight.
But like so many of us, Brett Kissell is kicking at the chute, and the Edmonton country singer is jumping on the trend already exemplified by Keith Urban last week in Watertown, Tennessee: drive-in concerts.
And really, what could be more Albertan than listening to country music in your truck?
Brett Kissel — Live at the Drive-In will take place in the sprawling parking lot of River Cree Resort and Casino just west of Edmonton in Enoch Cree Nation 7 p.m., June 13. The fundraiser concert is supported by Safeway Canada to help ensure 100 per cent of the event’s ticket sales go to Food Banks Alberta.
It’s been a while since I could announce a proper concert, this is exciting: tickets are $50 per vehicle (plus our old friend service charges) and those go on sale 10 a.m. Monday through ticketmaster.ca. The show will run one hour, and more performances might well be added if the idea takes off, eh.
In a press release, 29-year-old Kissel said, “Music, and specifically country music, serves as a soundtrack to our lives. Obviously, the last few months have been an incredibly difficult chapter in all of our stories here in Canada and throughout the world.
“Through performing this one-of-a-kind drive-in show, I want to use live music to bring some light and happiness to people. I want to say thank you to all of those who have been on the front lines during this pandemic and to do what we can to make a difference supporting those in need. I want to support everyone through something that I miss –- that we all miss, very much –- live country music.”
Seemingly unlike the downtown bars where people have huddled together smoking outside, this concert’s organizers have worked alongside Alberta Health Services and Health Canada to ensure that all health guidelines and safety measures for proper social distancing are in place and adhered to for the safety of all concert guests, performers and staff. Full event information and health guidelines are available online at drivein.brettkissel.com.
Concert attendees will also be encouraged to ‘text to donate’ to Food Banks Alberta and Safeway Canada will match donations up to $25,000 over the course of the concert.