The City of Springfield had previously canceled the 2020 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival but those close to the event wanted to find some way to keep the spirit of the event alive in the age of COVID-19.
Members of the city’s Public Information & Civic Engagement team brainstormed what they felt was some of the highlights of previous festivals and kept coming back to one event: the 2014 concert by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
That show, which the Daredevils gave the city permission to livestream from the concert inside the Gillioz to a screen at Park Central Square if the show sold out, not only sold out but drew 2,000 people in lawn chairs to the square.
The city approached the remaining Daredevils about rebroadcasting the concert as both a way to being the community some of the spirit of the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival but also as a tribute to the late Steve Cash, one of the Daredevil founders who passed last year.
“We are very appreciative for this opportunity to revisit this special night for the band and the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. We hope everyone enjoys the show and smiles when they see our lost brother, Steve Cash, having a blast playing his heart out for the crowd,” Daredevils manager Dwight Glenn said in a statement.
The show, being called the “We Dare You To Stay Home” concert, will take place on Friday, September 4, at 7 p.m. The concert will stream live on the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival website, and the City’s cable channels: Mediacom 15.1 & 80, and AT&T UVerse channel 99.
Viewers are being encouraged to participate that night with a #DareToStayHome social media hashtag, showing themselves or their family enjoying the concert.