Markus Schulz Lakeshore Drive-in by Kate Lopez
Lakeshore Drive-In welcomed its first Trance concert since their series started 6 weeks ago with DJ and Producer Markus Schulz and support from local artist, RJ Pickens.
I didn’t know what to expect, my first event since lock down began in march, and my first concert drive-in experience. As I drove into the venue and could hear the music thumping through the incredible sound system, excitement filled every part of me. “We’re back!”, I exclaimed with a giant smile on my face and an air high-five to my guest. To feel live music again, hear it over a sound system, experience it, was truly amazing.
We were greeted at the gate by incredible staff who went over all the safety measures the venue had in place. They explained how our designated parking area and space for dancing were laid out, went over rules for masks, explained the process for getting concessions delivered to our car and how to access restrooms, then we were on our way to our spot.
Once we reached our spot another attendant went over the expectations the venue had for their guests one more time and then left us to enjoy the show! The venue could not have planned a better night for the event. The temperature was perfect and there was a warm breeze all evening, which made the night feel even more amazing.
The evening started with Chicago native DJ RJ Pickens, who I will now forever remember as the first DJ I saw after lockdown. My excitement was almost overwhelming as he played his newest release, “Rules of Engagement” and edits of trance classics like ‘You’re Not Alone”.
There was a short intermission between artists which was great for bathroom breaks and ordering concessions to the car.
Markus started his set with “Sunrise over the Bay” and the night didn’t slow down from there as he included bangers like Davey Asprey’s “Fallout” and Markus’ own new release, “ Feel Alive”, which proved to be a crowd favorite.
Since I had media credentials I had free range of the parking lot, I got to see the venue’s plan in action. Every single person I encountered had their masks on outside their vehicles and respected the boundaries of their allotted space. Even though I couldn’t see smiles through masks, I could feel the energy and happiness from everyone there. Dancing and pure joy was everywhere.
The venue’s number one mission is to safely bring back live entertainment and they have knocked it out of the park. Even with access to the entire parking lot I never felt as though I was crowded or felt that my health safety was at risk. This truly was an incredibly well run and safe event and I believe it is the future of entertainment.
LakeShore Drive-In is located in the parking lot of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Visit lsdrivein.com for tickets!