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Garth Brooks to perform concert for fans at 300 drive-in theaters, including Wichita's Starlite Drive-In

Honoree Garth Brooks performs on stage during the 2020 Gershwin Prize Honoree's Tribute...
Honoree Garth Brooks performs on stage during the 2020 Gershwin Prize Honoree's Tribute Concert at the DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Washington. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP) (KWCH)
Published: Jun. 11, 2020 at 7:06 PM CDT
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Garth Brooks is holding a concert that will be played at

The June 27 concert event will be created in Nashville, Tennessee for the drive-in theaters that include Wichita's Starlite Drive-In.

Brooks said in a statement that the drive-in concert allows him to get back to playing live music without the uncertainty. There will be rules on spacing between vehicles, protective equipment for staff, contactless payment and limited capacity in restrooms. Tickets will cost $100 per passenger car or truck.

Thursday, Eyewitness News spoke with local country music hosts Brent Hightower and Mike Andra (of the Brent and Mike Show on KWLS) and KFDI morning show host J.J. Hayes.

Hightower and Andra say Brooks' live concert on screens across the country is "phenomenal" and reflect on how he changed country music when he came onto the scene about 30 years ago.

"For the country music fan, (June 27) can't get here fast enough and I think this is going to be a great band-aid for the full, live-concert experience," Hayes says.

Starlite Drive-In owner Blake Smith says about six weeks ago, he was contacted about the idea of showing a live concert on screen. Last week, he learned who the artist would be.

"The public is wanting to get out of the house. We're all tired of being in the house," Smith says. "I'm not sure there's a safer way than a drive-in move to be entertained."

This comes at a time when the entertainment industry remains at a standstill due to COVID-19. Brooks has had to postpone some of his concerts this year due to the pandemic.

"Garth Brooks is a marketing genius and when I read this (Thursday) morning, I'm like, 'he figured it out,'" Hightower says.

The country music radio hosts hope this will provide some hope for the industry.

"See not only Garth Brooks, but the local entertainers and the smaller acts that have really been hurt by COVID-19," Andra says.

Concertgoers can purchase tickets for the June 27 drive-in concert on