No Parking On The Dance Floor
Dallas - Fort Worth, TX
August 28 - November 20, 2020

A lot has changed since I last made a blog post. The COVID-19 pandemic, worldwide shutdowns, I moved the Dallas, Texas for 6 months, and I had the opportunity to work with Disco Donnie Presents while living there. 

 

Instead of making separate posts for every drive-in concert I shot, I decided to make a master gallery of my favorite photos below. The concerts featured are:

August 28 - No Parking on the Dance Floor featuring Hippie Sabotage

September 21 - No Parking on the Dance Floor featuring Adventure Club and Kaivon

October 2 - No Parking on the Dance Floor featuring Sullivan King and Kai Wachi

October 27 - Major Lazer's Music is the Weapon Drive-In Tour (The only non No Parking on the Dance Floor event, but still hosted by Disco Donnie Presents) 

November 20 - No Parking on the Dance Floor featuring NGHTMRE, Kompany, & black a.m. 

 

The majority of the concerts took place at the Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth, except for the NGHTMRE show which was held at Fair Park in South Dallas. The goal of these shows was to create a safe place to enjoy music during a time where we must remain socially distant. Due to the global pandemic, the Disco Donnie Presents team took precautionary measures on-site and there were rules and guidelines put in place for the fans, artists, and event staff. 

 

Below are the rules and guidelines: 

- Masks are required at all times when outside your vehicle. There will be a mandatory mask check upon entry. If you do not have a mask, you will be restricted to the inside of your vehicle, or you may go get one and come back. No exceptions.

- All cars must be turned off once you are parked. You are allowed to turn on your car for short periods of time to prevent your car from dying.

- Guests must remain at their ticketed screen except to use the facilities, buy merch, or concessions.

- Each vehicle must have a parking permit and a minimum of 2 people in the vehicle. Max of 6.

- Everyone must have either a driver ticket or a passenger ticket. All tickets will be scanned before entry.

- The event is 18+

- You are allowed to bring your own water, snacks, and beverages. You must always follow Texas traffic laws, this includes open containers of alcohol.

- Music will be played through the radio, look for signs posted around the venue to know what FM channel to turn to.

- Speed limit is 5 mph

- No honking. Please respect those around you.

- Do not park in the walkway, designated by the lights.

- Please do not sit on the top of your vehicle.

- Leave the space as you found it. No trash should be left behind for any reason.

- Max of 6 people is allowed. No RV's, campers, buses, or box trucks.

- No Uber/Lyft drop-offs will be allowed. Everyone must arrive in a vehicle with a parking permit and ticket.

 

Fans were also asked to practice a new meaning to PLUR.

P ractice social distancing.

L ook out for each other.

U se air hugs, not real hugs.

R espect the rules and guidelines put in place.

 

After photographing 5 of these shows, I can say that the rules and guidelines were enforced and followed, and I'm proud of the team at Disco Donnie Presents for putting so much hard work into giving people a safe place to experience live music again. 

 

From a photographer's perspective, these shows were weird but still fun. When I'm shooting an event I feed off the energy of the fans and the human connection that music brings. I love shooting big crowd shots, intimate moments of friends and strangers sharing the same collective experience, and artists interacting with their fans or hanging backstage. With these drive-in shows the vibes were still there, but slightly off, and the way I had to go about capturing it was a challenge at first. Crowd shots turned into parking lots of cars, interactions were kept within your car pod, there was a 50-100 yard pit between the stage and the first row of cars, and backstage was locked down to artists and select staff only. Overall I was just happy to be back doing what I love and surrounded by live music again, and I'm thankful for Disco Donnie Presents for bringing me onto their team for these shows.