A health and safety-focused live entertainment venue

Published 1:19 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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WINSTON-SALEM — High Point-based Focus Event Group has announced a live music concert series at The Drive at Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. On Oct. 23, The Drive will host international touring artists The Marcus King Band at 7:30 p.m. One of the hottest touring acts on the road today, The Marcus King Band will bring world-class live entertainment to the fairgrounds midway. The Drive will announce additional 2020 concert series events in the coming weeks.

Tickets for The Marcus King Band go on sale Friday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. Tickets are priced per carload (five passengers max per vehicle) and go on sale Friday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be tiered in four general admission sections of the drive-in and range from $100-$275 per vehicle with a maximum of five people per vehicle. Additional ticketing and show information is available on The Drive website: www.TheDriveMovie.com

The Drive is a socially distanced drive-in movie and entertainment venue that provides outdoor movies and live events for the Triad community. With a top tier, state-of-the-art production provided by Winston-based production company, SES, and an exciting schedule of films and concerts in the coming weeks, The Drive is the Triad’s premier destination for anyone in search of fun outdoor entertainment in a safe environment.

The Drive features extra-large parking spots spaced 8-feet apart, a touch-free ticketing and entry process, concessions (including beer and wine) that can be ordered by mobile app and delivered to vehicles.

“We greatly appreciate the cooperation and support of Mayor Joines and the City of Winston-Salem,” said Chris King, president of Focus Event Group and operator of The Drive. “The city and fairgrounds’ continued partnership with The Drive and their willingness to offer new, safety-focused drive-in concert events will lead to exciting avenues of entertainment for the Triad community and the entire state of North Carolina. Thanks to leadership of Mayor Joines and flexibility of the fairgrounds staff, the city of Winston-Salem will continue to be the City of Arts and Innovation by offering uniquely innovative arts on the fairgrounds midway.”

The Marcus King Band

A 24-year-old guitar phenom and innovative songwriter, Marcus King can simultaneously switch from swaggering rock to supersonic soul, having written songs and performed onstage for half his lifetime. The Marcus King Band also includes drummer Jack Ryan and bass player Stephen Campbell to create blistering rock unit that has honed their synergy through endless touring.

From the start, King earned rave reviews for his kinetic musicianship with The Washington Post describing him as a “guitar phenom.” His debut solo album, “El Dorado,” topped the Americana radio charts and has received critical acclaim from the likes of PR, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, and Rolling Stone, who described him as an “electrifying rock performer.” King completed a string of dates last year with Chris Stapleton, who called him “one of his favorite artists” when he joined him onstage. King continues to re-write his fast-moving and surprising story. You can hear change in the wisdom of his lyrics and deeply soulful vocals, bringing sheer musical command to every performance.