Nashville’s second phase of reopening allows the sounds of live music to fill Music City once again, for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown began in mid-March. To celebrate, local gourmet hot dog mainstay Daddy’s Dogs is hosting a drive-in concert series this weekend. With support of the the city’s COVID-19 Task Force, the drive-in concert will follow all recommended social distancing guidelines for a unique, virtually contact-free experience.
The event will be set up like a drive-in movie at the Nations restaurant starting Thursday, May 28 through Monday, June 1. Carhops will be available to serve drive-in visitors gourmet hot dogs like the fan favorite Chicago dog and the ‘big Daddy’ loaded with cream cheese, bacon, grilled onion, jalapeno, and pickles.
Fans can listen in to the show — featuring Cassadee Pope, Kris Allen, Adam Hambrick, Sarah Potenza, Paul McDonald and Austin Jenckes, among many others — through FM radios from their cars from 8 to 10 p.m. each night.
“I think Nashville really needs a pick me up,” says Daddy’s Dogs owner Sean Porter. “Music is what fuels this city, and I thought it would be a great way to let everyone start experiencing music safely and at their own pace.
Tickets are free, but space is limited to allow for proper social distancing procedures, so interested fans must request tickets through the Daddy’s Dogs website. Each show will also be streamed live on Daddy’s Dogs’ Facebook for any fans who wish to enjoy the concert from home.
Throughout the pandemic, Daddy’s Dogs has continuously fed the working musicians of the Nashville industry, offering free meals to all touring professionals out of work due to COVID-19. While the concert is free, donations will be accepted for MusiCares — a non-profit arm of the Recording Academy whose mission is to provide a critical safety net for individuals inside the music industry. Their COVID-19 Relief Fund helps individuals in Nashville and around the country.