First Bay Area drive-in concerts to include three tribute bands in Pleasanton tonight, Saturday

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The Alameda County Fair will host the Bay Area’s first drive-in concerts tonight and tomorrow. For $100, you can bring a carload of family members and watch three tribute bands: Journey Revisited (Journey), Hot for Teacher (Van Halen) and Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (ZZ Top). The two concerts came together with less than one week of lead time.

“We found out last Friday that we were going to be concerts this friday,” Alameda County Fair spokesowoman Angel Moore said. “Luckily we have a good infrastructure and can move very fast.”

The Alameda County Fair has started hosting drive-in movie nights, but wasn’t planning on staging concerts. One of the fair’s partner heard from a promoter about the three tribute bands having a tour canceled and reached out to the fair about staging the shows in Pleasanton.

“We thought about it for about 30 seconds and said yes … because we are already working on drive-in movies over here. it was a no-brainer for us,” Moore said.

All three bands are from Northern California.

The production company staging the shows is bringing in its own gear, including the stage and video screens. Moore said if these shows are a success, more tribute bands play drive-in concerts. She’s also dreaming bigger.

“I would love to get Garth Brooks here,” she said, regarding the country icon’s announcement about a drive-in tour.

Tickets are available here or at the gates. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the shows will run from 7 to 10 p.m. on both days. Drivers should enter through gates 8 and 12.

The money made from the shows will pay for the workers on-site as well as the bands. The fair hopes to break even.

“Our goal is just to bring the community together,” Moore said.

For an additional $27.50 per person, you can buy a meal. There will be food trucks at another area of the fairgrounds as a separate event. A ticket to the concert allows admission to the food truck area, but because the concert will not allow people to leave and come back, they should get food from the food trucks first.

Sitting in a truck bed is permitted with a face mask. There will not be music streamed over the radio. Those wanting to roll the window down will need to put on their masks. Masks will not be required if you keep your windows up.

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