A musical event billed as "Austin’s first drive-in concert" took place Thursday evening in an open field in South Austin, with performances by three local acts who played atop a sports utility vehicle as attendees tuned into an FM radio signal in their cars.


Indie singer-songwriter Ben Ballinger was the ringleader of the event, which may spawn future concerts of a similar nature. Limited to 25 cars at a cost of $20 per car, the concert began around sundown and featured 30-to-45-minute sets from Ballinger, David Ramirez, and Kevin Curtin with Gary Lindsey.


American-Statesman freelance photographer Dave Creaney was on hand and said the evening came off with "surprisingly few technical difficulties. Everyone was respectful and maintained distancing practices."


The location of the event was emailed to those who bought tickets. No concessions were sold, and there were no bathrooms on-site. Each performer used different microphones, which were individually bagged and sanitized.


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