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Jon Pardi Will Perform At Sport Complex's First Lot J Drive-In Concert

In this Oct. 12, 2017, photo, Jon Pardi poses in Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Mark Humphrey
Associated Press
In this Oct. 12, 2017, photo, Jon Pardi poses in Goodlettsville, Tenn.

You’ll be able to open the sunroof or drop the top for Jacksonville’s first drive-in country music concert at Lot J at the Downtown Jacksonville sports complex this fall, as country music star Jon Pardi comes to town for an Oct. 10 concert at 7:30 p.m.

Adapting to life with COVID-19, the concert’s crowd capacity will be determined by the seat belt count in each vehicle.

As an example, if a bunch of two-seat sports cars owners buy tickets first, the crowd capacity would be lower than if a bunch of minivan fans buy tickets.

“We couldn’t be more excited to play the first-ever live drive-in concert in Jacksonville,” Jon Pardi said in an email to WJCT News. “We are ready to be back on the road, performing for our fans and putting on a safe and healthy show. Grab your friends, pack up your coolers and hop in your car. We can’t wait to see you there!”

Pardi’s latest album, Heartache Medication, was nominated for ACM Album of the Year and CMA Album of the Year (2020) and produced his No. 1 single, “Heartache Medication,” as well as his current hit, “Ain’t Always The Cowboy.”

The opening acts will be Jillian Jacqueline and Jordan Fletcher.

Guests will be allowed to bring chairs, food and drinks to enjoy next to their vehicles. Face masks or coverings will be required for all patrons when they are not in their car or designated tailgate area, located adjacent to their driver’s side door.

Parking will be first come, first served within each price level.

The promoters said physical distancing will be enforced. The show will be broadcast on LED screens on either side of the stage, and speakers will be placed throughout the parking areas.

Ticket pricing wasn't immediately announced. Ticketmaster said, "Ticket prices may fluctuate based on demand at any time." VIP sales for the concert begin Friday, Sept. 18, while general public ticket sales start next Tuesday, Sept. 22. Additional information about the concert is at

And for owners of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles who would like to enjoy a walk on the river before the concert while they top off their batteries, WJCT offers two Chargepoint charging outletsat its studios, which are across the street from the sports complex, at 100 Festival Park Ave.

Bill Bortzfield can be reached at or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.

Bill joined WJCT News in September of 2017 from The Florida Times-Union, where he served in a variety of multimedia journalism positions.