A Canadian country music star who is a native son of Alberta has announced he'll be playing a unique concert to help benefit food banks in the province during the COVID-19 crisis.
Brett Kissel announced last week that he will perform a drive-in concert on June 13th near Edmonton.
Brett Kissel - Live at the Drive-in is in partnership with Safeway Canada, with all the proceeds of the show going to support Food Banks Alberta.
Kissel is excited to try something brand new and looking ahead to this challenge in a positive light. "We get an opportunity to bring live music back and do it in a big way, we're going to do the very first concert in Canadian country music that is drive-in concert west of Edmonton at the River Cree Resort and Casin0. People will get a chance to enjoy a live concert on big screens, a giant stage, and listen to it all from the comfort of their own vehicle."
The importance of connecting with each other through music is something that is very important to Kissel "Music has been an incredible thing for generations that brings people together it's a universal language that we all speak, I really wanted to figure out a way where we could get people together safely to experience a show."
The goal is simple in Kissel's mind: to bring some music and happiness into someone's day and to help a great organization in the process, "We want to raise money for a very important cause which is Food Banks Alberta, also for Canadians who want to become a part of the action Safeway is setting up an opportunity for people to text in donations and then Safeway will match that up to $25,000.00 of additional funding for the Food Banks of Alberta."
Going through the pandemic, Kissel has seen first hand the hit that it's had on the music industry, but with that he notes that he has also seen musicians and performers reaching out in news ways and connecting and engaging with fans like never before. When asked what he is most looking forward to besides of course getting back on stage it was a no-brainer, "I have to be honest I am a hugger, I miss that contact with people I love giving people a hug or a handshake and welcoming them to a show. that is something that I really miss, you know,"
Being the first to try something new can be intimidating but Kissel looks at this as a great way to support Albertans, to share a moment with fans of country music, to get back on stage with his band, and to bring everybody a sense of normal in a time of chaos.
Tickets, priced at $50 per vehicle, go on sale May 25th at 10 am through Ticketmaster. There is the chance for 180 vehicles of fans to attend the show, but, as Kissel noted, no passenger vans, buses, limousines, or vehicles of that nature will be permitted.