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Drive-In Live! Concert - 3 • Sat Sep 19 2020

Drive-In Live! Concert - 3
September 2020
Clock Icon 6:00PM
Buy Tickets Only 20 Available
Premium Parking Standard Parking
Band A 60
Band B 50

Drive-in Concert Series

The Big Payback


Siusan O’Rourke & Zig Zeitler

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Gates open 5 pm; music begins 6 pm

 One Ticket per Carload (up to 6 people)


Live music is back at The Mendel Center! This time we’re taking the fun outdoors onto the spacious grounds of Lake Michigan College where we can all socially distance and have a great time.

Here’s how it works. One ticket gets your carload of friends and family members (up to 6 people) into the lot on the Grand Upton Hall side of The Mendel Center. Park and get ready to enjoy the show from inside your vehicle by listening to the FM radio broadcast, or break out your lawn chairs and safely social distance with your group in your personal tailgate space.


The Big Payback

The Big Payback is an award-winning jazz-rock band featuring the soulful vocals of Leah Isabel Tirado and a smoking horn section. Mixing "ambitious original tunes that challenge even the most talented instrumentalists" (La Crosse Tribune) with classic covers, the band's live show never fails to get the crowd moving.



Sankofa is a group of local musicians from Benton Harbor who love and respect the emotions that develop when good, deeply felt music is played. They have performed on many stages for the past five years, playing an eclectic mix of Old and New Soul, Funk, Jazz, R&B and Hip Hop.


Siusan O'Rourke & Zig Zeitler

They opened The Mendel Center's Remotely Interested online series. Now, they'll be with us in person! Together, this husband and wife duo have been 3-time committee nominated by the Irish Music Association for Top Duo internationally. Their CD “Chance the Arm” was named Celtic Album of the Year in 2014 by Irish radio, Celtic Echoes. 


Safety First

The well-being of our fans, performers, crew, and staff is our first priority. The Drive-in Concert Series is set up to promote social distancing in accordance with governmental guidelines. We encourage you to stay within your assigned parking and tailgate spaces. Mask wearing is required when you leave that space. Each restroom is equipped with hand sanitizer.

While we have taken expanded safety measures, we need your cooperation help keep everyone as safe as possible. Please follow all posted instructions and adhere to the guidelines that have been put in place. An inherent risk of COVID-19 is present anywhere people gather. By attending the Drive-in Concert Series at The Mendel Center, you voluntarily assume all risks related to potential COVID-19 exposure.


What can I bring? What can I do?


Yes, you will need a radio with FM capability to hear the concert

Lawn chairs


Masks & face coverings







Yes, within your designated spaces


Yes ~ make it a picnic. This is a BYO food and beverage event. But, please, no alcohol, no grilling, and no cooking on the premises.

Blankets & tarps

Yes, within your designated spaces


No, not permitted at this family friendly event


Yes, as space permits in the back two rows

Audio & video recording



No ~ no glass containers permitted



Grills & other cooking devices


Smoking, vaping, & drugs

No ~ Lake Michigan College is a smoke-free, drug-free campus



Signs & banners




Will the performance be projected onto a screen?


Will restrooms be available?

Yes. We ask that you practice social distancing when waiting in line for the portable restrooms.


Will water be available?

Yes, bottled water will be for sale for $2 per bottle. Net proceeds support the Berrien Community Foundation Arts Challenge.


How do I hear the concert?

Concert audio can be heard through your car’s FM radio or your portable radio.


Can I sit in the bed of my pickup, minivan, or SUV?

Yes, as long as you don’t block the view of other fans. Please keep hatches on minivans and SUVs at roof level when open by using a rope or bungee cord.


May I leave and come back


Can I bring a bus, RV, or motor home?


Will food and other beverages be available for purchase?

No, only bottled water.

May I stroll through the grounds and visit with other attendees?

We ask that you don’t. Please stay within your designated parking and tailgate spaces unless you are going to the restrooms or to purchase bottled water.


Can I run my vehicle during the performance?

No. Similar to drive-in theatres, you must keep your vehicle engine turned off during the performances. This is for the health and safety of all concert goers. You may turn your vehicle on between performances to run your air conditioner.

You will receive more specific information by email a few days before the concert.

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