The Essence of Nashville, Live on the Green

The Essence of Nashville, Live on the Green

Gentry Wiggington

Live on the Green, 8.28.13

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Nashville’s Must See Thursday Night Show

Live on the Green is a six week must see free concert series which starts in August and runs through the middle of September. Yes, indeed, free. The local independent radio station, Lightning 100, helps to sponsor the event, bringing bands to a stage that sits on the edge of a large green expanse on the public square in downtown Nashville, TN. Nothing beats great live performances that grooves and moves, smack down in the heart of Nashville.

The location of the performances in a public square park, adds to the ongoing energy from not only the artists, but from the fans as well. Whether its local bands, well-known bands, or bands that are on their way to making it, Live on the Green, never seems to fail with its exceptional artist line ups and live performances.

One reason the performances are exceptional is that those who make Live on the Green happen, such as Lightning 100, insist on performers being true to the Live on the Green standards. You will be standing on your feet from the moment you arrive. The music will have your hips moving as soon as the bands start playing.

Live on the Green; photo by Paige Goodwin
If the live music isn’t enough for you, then maybe the multitude of food trucks will intrigue you. Live on the Green is always filled with the most unique local food trucks in town. You can get anything from gourmet grilled cheese to chicken and waffles, and anything in between.

Sitting on the grass, rocking out to great music, and eating amazing food is exactly what Nashville is all about! So don’t miss one of the best parts of fall, come sit under the stars with us and watch Nashville rock out. Each Live on the Green night, three bands play and a theme seems to tie the bands together. August’s 28th’s bands shared intense energy and a gut of rhythm and blues. All three bands were well worth the trip to the beautiful downtown are we call home. PG

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  • Live on the Green, 8.28.13
  • Live on the Green, 8.28.13
  • Live on the Green, 8.28.13

Three amazing bands play at a free concert series downtown

This week’s line up, August 28, 2013, at Live On the Green, in the heart of downtown Nashville, TN was impeccable. All three bands that played have phenomenal talent, and musicianship.

The line up consisted of Australian rocker Joe Robinson, soul/ gospel band St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and headliner Robert Randolph and the Family Band. This made for a promising night of music at Public Square Park that is centered in the city space downtown that is surrounded by a huge green lawn.

Opener Joe Robinson won Australia’s Got Talent contest at age sixteen. Joe wowed the audience with his talent on guitar, and energetic funky rock style. Even though Joe has a good voice he prefers to showcase his talents on guitar, and let the music do the talking, which worked to his advantage. This guy has loads of talent and energy. He kept the audience entertained and interested throughout his performance.

The second act was even more entertaining than the first. St. Paul & The Broken Bones brought on even more energy than Joe Robinson, and had a big sound, featuring horns in their set. This soul/ blues band, from Birmingham Alabama, was a treat to see and hear, and is a group I would definitely go see again.

In an environment with so much going on around you from food trucks to people watching, a band this good that kept my attention throughout the entire set has my attention for future sets and future performances. Their sound takes you back to another time, but is yet so innovative and new. Seeing their enthusiastically spirited lead singer, Paul Janeway, dance around the stage belting his lungs out is nothing but inspiring. these guys intrigue you from the moment they come out till the second they leave. You won’t be able to keep from dancing.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band headlined this week at Live On the Green. Just like the two bands before them these guys had energy, intense energy. 230x313xRR-small.jpg.pagespeed.ic.lqBmz81P7t.
Lead singer, Robert Randolph, plays pedal steel guitar for the band and still exudes energy despite having to sit to play his instrument.

In fact during his fourth song Randolph broke the wooden chair he was sitting in, and they had to bring out a sturdier chair for him to jam in. You can tell this band has some funk inspiration from their impressive slap bass, yet they are still very soul and gospel. It is a great combination, and makes for a great show.

Live On the Green this past week was exceptional with great talent, and spirit. These bands were a joy to watch, and participate with in a great local event. Live On the Green is an experience that all Nashvillians should partake in or at least know about.

Next week’s line up looks promising, so if you’re looking for a good time and great music Public Square Park on Thursday night is where you should be.

For a listen to the September 5 program check out this link: Live on the Green Preview

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