Photo by Sam Carbine
It was quite the weekend for the final Live on the Green of 2017. Between rainout and reschedules amidst the chaos of Hurricane Harvey, the fine folks at Lightning100 still managed to pull off the weekend in epic fashion. While there were a few brave souls that tried to bare the rain on Thursday, minutes before the start tornado sirens forced the shut down of all of Thursdays events.
Friday would find its self with the same fate. However organizers were able to miraculously reschedule all of the bands booked Friday to Sunday. While we have no idea the magnitude of this feat, I can assure you this was no small task.Saturday when off as planned without a hitch. Starting the day off with an awesome Kids Zone led by Mr. Steve and guest and a mini clinic from the new Nashville Soccer Club head coach Gary Smith.
Saturday also brought the always welcome 615 stage to feature all Nashville artist to compliment the acts on the main stage giving the feel of the true music festival it is. Gracing this stage were the like of Guthrie Brown, Cordovas, Paper Route, The Voodoo Fix, and closed out by a hella packed and amazing set from up and coming Elliot Root who just released their first full length album 'Conjure.'
The Main stage on Saturday was absolutely stacked with talent. Kicking off the day was the cool smooth sounds of Bahama. Followed by the ridiculous bluesy soul rock of The Delta Saints and by that point it wasn't even 5 o'clock yet. Bring in The Record Company then LP to The Lone Bellow and then bring it home with Future Islands. I really don't think you could dream up a better Saturday in downtown Nashville and all for FREE!
That leads us to the magic that was Sunday. Never before has Nashville seen a Sunday Live on the Green and from our take maybe it should be a thing. The weather was perfect the vibe was chill reminiscent of a miniSunday and Bonnaroo. While three of the band would have played on the 615 stage all of the acts were moved to the main stage and band after band spoke of how amazing it was to be opening for Sheryl Crow. It was as if the Music Gods stepped in and said this is the way it needs to be. The Whistles and the Bells kicked the day off followed by stealer performances from Ron Gallo and Goodbye June.
The sisters of Shel absolutely blew us away with their unique blend of traditional and modern sounds. mixing mandolin, violin, and keys while the fourth took to the mix with a wicked beat box performance. Up next was Nashville legend Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors who had to piece together a band to make the Sunday date work and they did not miss a beat.
To close down the epic first Sunday of Live on the Green, Sheryl Crow walked out on stage. The set list was on point bringing together her mix of classics while mixing in new tunes to keep the packed out green on their toes.There was something very special about the way the weekend turned out and a major part of that was the Nashville community that comes together in hard time to make the outcome better that you could have imagined.