Filmed at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on August 29, 2020, the Avett Brothers perform in front of a drive-in audience and live-stream fans. Relive an innovative, joyful event that helped usher in the return of live music in a safe, socially distanced manner.
The great 2020 pandemic shutdown forced a worldwide rethinking of how to do live music as artists scrambled to find solutions involving livestreams or social-distancing. North Carolina’s Avett Brothers seized upon that moment with a get-back move, reconnecting with their own past in various ways.
Groundbreakers innovate and originate. They’re the artists by whom we measure music’s before-and-after evolution. There was reggae before Lee “Scratch” Perry and reggae music after Lee “Scratch” Perry, acid-rock before and after Pink Floyd, guitar playing before and after Jimi Hendrix. They’re among the groundbreakers who build new roads for all who come after to travel.
It’s fascinating to watch great artists evolve over long and prolific careers. But what of the artists who die young? When the greats don’t live long enough to see their 50th birthday, let alone their 40th or 30th, we all feel the loss. Whether it’s John Lennon, John Coltrane, Jeff Buckley or countless other talents who died prematurely, it’s not just their families and friends who mourn the loss, but the world.