I was always asked three questions when I told people I was moving to Nashville:
Are you going to sing? No.
Oh, so you have family there? No.
Then are you chasing a boy? No.
Just moving all by myself to explore what the world has to offer - Nashville being the next adventure. One of the countless reasons I chose Nashville is for the music scene. I traveled to Nashville for a week in August 2013 for vacation with two of my friends. We booked a hotel right in downtown and had the time of our lives. Everyone dreams about a summer love.. I certainly fell in love that summer. I fell in love with the music, the liveliness of Nashville, the people... everything in the city made me want to stay forever. Take a walk down Broadway and step into any bar and you are almost guaranteed to find an aspiring musician on stage.
But the best part about Nashville is you do not necessarily have to walk into a bar, you could simply walk into a park and find it! For the past seven years, Live on the Green has been put on by Lightning 100, a Nashville radio station. The beautiful aspect of this event - it is always free. Thanks to the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and many partners and sponsors, this event brings together the community of Nashville every summer for four Thursday nights with a final weekend packed full of artists. Live on the Green has hosted various musicians and bands such as Cage the Elephant (2014), ZZ Ward (2013) and Citizen Cope (2009). Moon Taxi, a band formed by Belmont students, took the stage for the sixth year in a row and guitarist Trevor Terndrup says it was the best year so far.
Some good things to know when attending Live on the Green:
- Parking - Public Square Garage on James Robertson Parkway has parking for $5. But be warned, it sells out every week! You can park across the Woodland Street Bridge at LP Field for $5. Or place it safe and take an Uber!
- Pets - As a dogless person, I love that people bring their dogs to Live on the Green. Remember, Tennessee has a Leash Law, so make sure your pets are on a leash at all times.
- Seating - Some seating is available in the back, but it is unlikely you'll snag one. People bring blankets and chairs, but to get a prime spot you better get there early.
- Alcohol - Make sure to bring your I.D.! Blue Chair Bay Rum and Bonnie Rose Whiskey have tents with a variety of beverages. If you are a beer drinker, tall boys are available are certain tents as well. I would suggest bringing cash (althought the do accept credit cards) because the cash line tends to move faster.
- Food - Coolers are not permitted, but I have never had anyone say anything about bringing snacks and such. There are food trucks and Edley's has a tent as well (get the pork nachos, they are life changing).
VIP tickets are available for all shows and typically sell out fast. Want to continue the party after the show? Each week Live on the Green has an afterparty at Acme Feed & Seed.
Can't make it to Live on the Green on Thursday nights? You're in luck! Labor Day weekend kicked off Musicians Corner at Centennial Park. Through October 31st, this family-friendly event takes place from noon-5 and is also free admission. Festivals take over Fall weekends in Nashville, check out Visit Music City for a list of Fall activities.