There may not be concerts at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater this year but a few miles down the road the Town of Oyster Bay will hold its own drive-in concert series from July 1 to Aug. 8 at Tobay Beach parking lot off Ocean Parkway in Massapequa.
“We’ve had so much success with our drive-in movies that it just made sense to continue on by putting live music on stage in our Tobay parking lot,” says Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino. “This is a long lineup of great music in a wide variety of genres that has something for the palette of every music lover.”
The Fast Lane will kick-start the series on July 1 with its tribute to the Eagles highlighting the band’s greatest hits.
“I’m extremely excited because this will be our first gig back in three months,” says lead singer Joe Salucci of Bellport. “The Eagles are a band with incredible songs. People come time and time again. I’m always amazed by it and this year they are especially hungry for live music.”
HOW IT WORKS
All shows start at 8 p.m. and are free to Town of Oyster Bay residents only. Identification will be checked at the gate and admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 7 p.m.
“We line cars up in an oval around the perimeter of the parking lot so they can feed from one parking lot to the next,” says Saladino. “We’re very confident that our public safety will be able to do this in a way that’s very resident friendly.”
The lot holds more than 3,000 spaces, but for social distancing purposes the concerts will hold 800 to 900 cars.
“We are going to gauge our capacity very carefully,” says Saladino. “We have been designing plans to adhere to all of the state guidelines. Perhaps there will be a percentage of people that can leave their cars, but right now we are encouraging people to stay in their cars.”
The bands will be on an elevated stage with full amplification. Attendees can listen with their windows rolled down or through their car stereo. Bathroom facilities and concessions will be available on site.
As state regulations change, there’s a possibility that some concerts might be moved to other town parks.
“We have a very adaptable program that allows us to be flexible as the guidelines change and plan for all situations as they come about,” says Saladino. “This way we can transition into our full operation.”
All concerts are subject to change and are held weather permitting. For more information, call 516-797-7925 or visit oysterbaytown.com.
The remainder of the concert schedule:
July 7 - Simply Diamond (Neil Diamond tribute)
July 9 - Dr. K’s Motown Revue (Motown tribute)
July 11 - Shades of Bublé (Michael Bublé tribute)
July 14 - The Doobie Others (Doobie Brothers tribute)
July 16 - Disco Unlimited
July 18 - Big Eyed Phish (Dave Matthews tribute)
July 21 - Michael DelGuidice & Big Shot (Billy Joel tribute)
July 23 - Petty Rumours (Tom Petty/Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks tribute)
July 25 - Freebird (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute)
July 28 - Decadia ('80s covers and more)
July 30 - Southbound (country tribute plus a possible fireworks show)
Aug. 1 - The Rocket Man Show (Elton John tribute)
Aug. 4 - The New York Bee Gees (Bee Gees tribute)
Aug. 6 - Last Child (Aerosmith tribute)
Aug. 8 - Let’s Hang On (Frankie Valli tribute)