David Soloman is the CEO of Goldman Sachs and one of the many individuals currently under fire for a Hamptons concert that was advertised as a social distance “stay in your car” concert. However, once footage of the show began circulating on social media, everyone quickly saw that not only was no one in their car, but everyone was standing close together without any facial coverings. In other words, it looked like any other normal concert pre-pandemic.
Solomon was the DJ opening act for famous DJ duo The Chainsmokers. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was quick to go on Twitter and slam the drive-in concert participants and organizers for their “egregious social distancing violations.”
Solomon is now typically known for his part-time electronic dance DJ work, instead, he’s more often associated with running one of the largest and most powerful investment banks in America. His stage name is D-Sol and he’s been spinning records at night clubs in New York and Miami for a couple of years now. However, his Dj career was put on hold with the coronavirus pandemic, at least until this past weekend.
According to Soloman, who left the concert before the show ended, there wasn’t a lot of rule-breaking going on that he could see in terms of social distancing procedures. “The vast majority of the audience appeared to follow the rules, but I’m troubled that some violated them and put themselves and others at risk.” A majority of the footage from the concert that shows people blatantly breaking guidelines were from later parts of the show, after Soloman likely left.
According to insiders, organizers of the concert were working closely with local authorities and government figures to ensure that health and safety protocols were put into place. The website that promoted the concert promised patrons a “safe and controlled environment setting the bar for all events to come.”
While the website did encourage everyone to wear a mask in restroom areas, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between everyone, and required guests to arrive together, it’s unclear as to how any of these were enforced at the show itself.
Cuomo went on to say that he was “appalled” by the videos online, especially considering New York was initially hit the hardest with Covid-19 cases and was able to flatten the curve in the city after months of struggling. Dr. Howard Zucker is the New York State Health Commissioner and recently announced that he sent a letter to Southampton’s superviser/concert organizers.
“I’m greatly disturbed by reports of thousands of people in close proximity, out of their vehicles, along with a VIP area where there was no pretense of a vehicle.”
The concert itself was for charity and raised money for various organizations including No Kid Hungry. Ticket prices ranged from $225 to $2,500 if you wanted the “Rockstar Package” that Zucker is referring to which included a private RV for 10 guests.