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Drive-In Live Concert Coming To Tucson!

Greyson F

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If you’re like most people here in metro Tucson you’ve probably been itching to get back outside and to experience live activities you had grown accustomed to prior to COVID-19 changing all that. Since March of 2020, Pima County has been, more or less, at a standstill. Yes, restaurants have started to open back up, and even some now offer live music to small groups, but life, as we knew it, isn’t back yet. 

Hopefully, this coming Saturday, things will take another step closer to pre-COVID life. If you’ve been waiting for live performances from touring musicians you’re in luck, because Drake Bell, the former Nickelodeon star, will be making his first live appearance in over a year. And he’ll be doing it right here in Tucson out at Park Place Mall Drive-In, 8570 East Broadway. 

Drake Bell grew up Drake Campana until he started acting in the early 1990s. Professionally known as Drake Bell, the actor first appeared on the widely popular television show Home Improvement. However, stardom didn’t hit until he started appearing on The Amanda Show and Drake & Josh, two Nickelodeon programs. And even if you didn’t watch these programs, you may recognize his voice, as he did voice Peter Parker/Spider-Man for the Ultimate Spider-Man series (on Disney XD, which you can also stream on the Disney+ app). 

Drake Bell released his first album in 2005, with subsequent albums coming out in 2006 and 2014. He went on to release two new albums in 2020, titled The Lost Album, and Sesiones En Casa.

Four of the tracks on the latest Sesiones En Casa are in Spanish, all of which he wrote following an extended tour he took throughout Central and South America before the pandemic. And now, you can hear songs off of his latest two albums during the upcoming drive-in performance. 

The drive-in concert will be handled in a similar way to a drive-in movie. Tickets will be sold on a by-vehicle basis and not on a by-person basis. This makes it an excellent value to get out and see live music with friends or family. If you decide to purchase tickets ahead of time you can do so for $55 per can through the Drake Bell website. Or, you can hold off and purchase the tickets at the venue for $60 per vehicle. 

What should be good with the drive-in concert is you won’t have to worry about someone standing in your way during the concert, and you’ll be able to remain seated the entire time. 

If you are a Drake Bell fan this will be your only scheduled opportunity to see him in the near future. Drake hasn’t performed live in over a year and this will be his first attempt to do so anywhere in the world. Any future tour dates will depend on how the show goes here in Tucson and whether it is financially feasible to put on further productions. 

And perhaps you’re a super-fan of Drake Bell? If so you can purchase a meet and greet ticket through his website for an additional $100. The meet and greets will take place 45 minutes prior to the set time, which includes a socially distant selfie with him. 

The entire evening will be full of music, not just Drake Bell. With the venue letting in vehicles starting at 3:00 PM musical group Rilen’Out will take the stage at 5:00 PM while Desert Fish will hit the stage at 6:00 PM (with a few minutes in between sets to adjust the stage). Rilen’Out is a Reggae-Rock band with its roots right here in Tucson. Desert Fish is another Tucson local band that has a rock/alternative/reggae sound to it. 

Whether you’re passionate fans for the groups or you’re just looking for something to do, the Drake Bell drive-in concert on March 13 will finally give you exactly that. 

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