Drive-in Music Is Just the Ticket for Summer Evenings
You may not be able to tell from the picture, but that's Debbie Duncan in the purple hat getting ready to perform at Crooners Supper Club's Lakeside Drive-In Concert Series.
Debbie Duncan, known as Minnesota’s first lady of song, received round after round of “horn claps” from the sea of parked cars attending the Crooners’ Lakeside Drive-In Concert series Saturday night (June 7).
The view of Moore Lake from the parking lot is not much to sing about, but that didn’t stop Duncan and her musicians from creating a magical moment—live music in a venue outside your own home. Music-lovers could roll down their windows to let the music waft in with the breeze or tune into 97.9 if you were closer to the back, or didn’t want to compromise your air conditioning.
The sold-out show was rescheduled from May to coincide with the time the Governor loosened restrictions. Friday through Monday artist perform twice a night, and the concerts continue from June 1 throughout the summer, but most are already sold out. Crooners Supper Club Owner Mary Tjosvold told the crowd from the festival stage that they were also going to start offering live music on their patio starting this week as well.
Each concert has its own cover charge per person. For the Debbie Duncan show the cost was $15 for each person in the car (and since the concerts were in the daylight, no one could pull that old drive-in movie trick of hiding nonpayers in the trunk.)
Parking was first come, first to the front, with a nod to placing taller vehicles to the sides. Patrons were asked to remain in their cars, but a few bent the rules to sit in the back of their pickup truck in lawn chairs. To make it easier for servers to run food to the cars, the parking lot was numbered. A special menu of hand-held fare, such as cheeseburgers, flatbreads and desserts, was developed for the shows, ranging from $14 for chicken wings to $10 for a vegetable flatbread. No alcoholic beverages were served.
The waitstaff was attentive, but if someone was in a hurry, they could use their flashers to summon a server. And concert-goers could use the restrooms inside the building one at a time.
And since we’re all tired of not hearing live applause, the “horn honk” was a very public way of showing appreciation for the artists.
Crooners is also doing takeout from their supper club men, but no delivery.