Did someone say free and live music all in one sentence?! That’s right, it’s that time of year again when NPL and local radio station, Lightning 100, begin both of their free concert series – the Courtyard Concerts and Live on the Green. Both concert series provide a wide variety of talented performers for any connoisseur of music…don’t believe me, just watch! Check out the line-ups below along with links to what the Library has to offer…
2015 Courtyard Concerts
All concerts occur in the 2nd floor Courtyard, from 11:45 – 1:00 on nine consecutive Tuesdays from August through the beginning of October. And they are rain or shine, with a secondary location already set up just in case.
Occurred this week – August 11th - Riders in the Sky
“America’s Favorite Cowboys”
August 18th - Rod McGaha
August 25th - Marshall Chapman, Malcolm Holcombe & Mary Gauthier
September 1st - Sara Sant’Ambrogio
Grammy Award-Winning Classical Cellist
September 8th - The WannaBeatles
Beatles Music at its best
September 15th - Jonell Mosser
September 22nd - Andy T Nick Nixon Band
September 29th - Jerry Douglas and Friends
Bluegrass and more
October 6th - Revolfusion
To learn more about each artist and the event, click on the following link to view the Courtyard Concerts’ page.
Live on the Green
And now for a slightly more crowded yet still as entertaining concert series. Live on the Green takes place in Public Square Park in front of the historic Metropolitan Courthouse, in downtown Nashville. Starting August 20th, the 4-week music festival occurs every Thursday evening, beginning at 6:15 and finishes around 11:00. For the second year in a row, the festival concludes with a 3-day, multi-stage event with many great artists, several of which are local.
Check out the line-up for this year:
Moon Taxi at Ascend Amphitheater on August 6th
As of recently, Lightning 100 has released the last few remaining artists. One of the last headliners that was announced is the local band, Moon Taxi (you can find Moon Taxi’s music on Freegal). Along with the Louisville-native band My Morning Jacket, Moon Taxi played a show at Ascend Amphitheater on Thursday, August 7th. Lightning 100 sponsored that show as well and announced after Moon Taxi’s performance that the band would be returning for Live on the Green. I know because I was there. I’ve seen both of those bands now several times and every time is different but equally as awesome. Moon Taxi has played Live on the Green many times in the past, only missing out on two seasons in its six-year span. So make sure you don’t miss them this year, they do a killer Pink Floyd cover of “Another Brick in the Wall.”
Without further ado, here is this year’s schedule:
August 20th - Elliot Root, Shakey Graves, and Lord Huron (Freegal)
August 27th - Houndmouth, J Roddy Walston & the Business (Hoopla), and Cold War Kids (Freegal)
September 3rd - Greg Holden (Hoopla), The Delta Saints (Freegal), and Moon Taxi (Freegal)
Three-Day Festival Event: September 10th-12th
Thursday - Civil Twilight (Freegal), Humming House, Kopecky (formerly the Kopecky Family Band) (Hoopla | Freegal), JD McPherson (Hoopla), Delta Rae (Hoopla), and Rodrigo y Gabriela (Hoopla|Freegal)
Friday - Smooth Hound Smith, Turbo Fruits (Hoopla|Freegal), Zella Day (Hoopla), The Vespers, Big Data (Hoopla), Colony House (Freegal), and Passion Pit (Freegal)
Saturday (starts at 1:15) - Mr. Steve, The Districts (Hoopla | Freegal), Future Thieves, Lennon & Maisy, Kaleo, Elle King (Hoopla|Freegal), Anderson East (Hoopla), Family of the Year (Hoopla), All Them Witches (Hoopla), another band to be announced on Aug 14th, and the final headliner is…….(drum roll please)…..BEN FOLDS (Hoopla|Freegal)!
Though I’m excited to see all of these bands (a few I’ve already seen and loved), I’m mostly looking forward to:
Elliot Root: Minus the multiple voices, they remind me of Milo Greene and The Lone Bellow a little – and seem like they’ll be great live.
Lord Huron: For obvious reasons, they have such a unique and lovable sound.
Rodrigo y Gabriela: I mean, come on…acoustic guitar duo that did a cover of “Stairway to heaven.” Yeah.
Passion Pit: I missed him when I was at Bonnaroo a few years ago, so I’m glad I’m getting a second chance. With an indietronic sound and high-pitched talented voice, Passion Pit is similar to the bands Empire of the Sun, MGMT and a personal favorite - Matt & Kim.
Kaleo: Another awesome band from Iceland, I think of the bands Ásgeir and Hozier when I hear them. Yes, Ásgeir is also from Iceland but the softness of this lead singer’s voice is very much as enjoyable as Ásgeir. And I was reminded of Hozier in their song “Way Down We Go” because of its edge.
Also, fun fact: one of the performers at Live on the Green this year is the daughter of comedian, Rob Schneider. Can you guess who? Here’s your hint, she has a catchy tune about her exes…
Find out more information about the festival, VIP tickets, personalized schedules and more at the Live on the Green website.