MAC Drive-In Summer Concert Series

For a few summer weeks in 2020 LIVE MUSIC WAS BACK in a Safe, Spectacular Environment.

Concert Drive-In at Manchester Athletic Club
Barrence Whitfield
Barrence Whitfield at GIMMELIVE MAC Drive-In Summer Concert Series
Roomful of Blues
Roomful of Blues at GIMMELIVE MAC Drive-In Summer Concert Series
Roomful of Blues
Popa Chubby
GIMMELIVE MAC Drive-In Summer Concert Series
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Sundance Screen Prints
Sundance Screen Prints

We are tremendously grateful to all the artists and fans who brought live music back for a few weeks during the summer of 2020! For more detailed list of people we wish to thank see artists HERE and all those behind the scenes HERE.

We were fortunate to present some of our favorite stars, including 5-time Grammy-nominee Roomful of Blues, international soul sensation Barrence Whitfield, former Yardbirds guitarist Johnny A, J. Geils Band founding member Danny Klein's Full House, Boston legends The Fools, blues icon James Montgomery, SNL Band's Beehive Queen Christine Ohlman, Grammy Winner Paul Nelson, Megan Wolf's critically acclaimed Amy Winehouse revue and blues rocker Popa Chubby.

Artists, fans and the police officers who worked the shows have universally praised our concerts, not only for their performance quality, but especially for their safety. Many artists told us they were willing to perform at our series, but not in other venues because ours was safe. For most fans, it was their first concert (and for many their first outing) since March -- and they felt safe enough to come back for another.

Here's what some are saying:

"I went to this event and was planning on going again tonight, because of how safe and spaced out it was. It couldn't be any safer. This venue should be rewarded for doing it right not punished."

"We had our souls reignited after months of mental/emotional/financial burden and loss."

"My experience was it was well done and people were complying with the rules and guidelines...The staff did their job without being overbearing to a mature behaving audience."

"I attended two concerts last week. Everyone was well-behaved and clearly, EVERYONE, was greatful for the opportunity to enjoy live music in a safe manner. Folks either stayed in their car or in their space next to their car. Masks on when appropriate...Musicians, music lovers and the economy need this kind of safe venue."

"The Paul Nelson Band played this series on August 21st. Everyone obeyed the orders of the city and state regulations, the concert was very professionally run with Peter & Vickie Van Ness who went above and beyond the call of duty to keep us on that stage, and made sure it was with the regulations in place."

But on August 28th these concerts were shut down by the Manchester-by-the-Sea Board of Health even though many other towns allowed drive-in concerts, including Yarmouth, Topsfield & Saugus to name a few.

Before we were shut down, here's what we did

We know you've waited too long for live music. So have we! That's why we're so grateful to the good people at the Manchester Athletic Club for partnering with us to present gimmeLIVE's MAC Drive-In Summer Concert Series. We've brought a big stage and awesome sound (of course) to their back parking lot surrounded by trees and rock cliffs. The MAC is 1 minute off Rte 128 at Exit 15 - a pleasant 40 minute drive up the coast from Boston. See Map. Here's how it works:


Your tickets are 100% transferrable. While we cannot offer refunds under any circumstances, it's easy to give or sell your tickets to someone else. All you need to do is send your confirmation email to them and they can use your tickets.