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Third Eye Blind and other bands are playing parking lots to give heartsick fans their fix

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Stephan Jenkins, lead singer and songwriter of Third Eye Blind, felt jitters as he looked out at 700 cars and trucks ringing a concert stage in the parking lot of Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center.

Ventura, California (CNN)Stephan Jenkins, lead singer and songwriter of Third Eye Blind, felt jitters as he looked out at 700 cars and trucks ringing a concert stage in the parking lot of Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center.

Giammanco says he employed more than 50 people for the Third Eye Blind show -- from security guards to ticket takers to staff who sanitized outdoor toilets every 15 minutes.

"That does not even begin to count the people associated with the band and the positive economic effect on nearby businesses," Giammanco said.

The promoter says he wants to lure more popular bands to the venue by charging more per parking space, but he wants to keep the shows an affordable outlet for those struggling economically.

During the Third Eye Blind concert, an Amtrak passenger train made a stop just beyond the last row of parked cars.

"We are definitely looking for a way to play and he (Giammanco) has found one that I think is safe, brings joy to people," Jenkins said.

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