For the past five years, Nashville has been the home of Live on the Green, a free, outdoor music festival presented by local radio station WRLT Lightning 100. Held in Public Square Park, which is located downtown near the Metropolitan Courthouse, it hosts indie and well-known musicians of many genres. And somewhat similar to the famous Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California (but on a smaller scale), people from various states and countries travel to the Music City to attend. This year, the festival took place on three consecutive Thursdays in August and during the first weekend in September. I caught the final show on the evening of September 6th and I must say, it was quite an experience.
Outside of the park, a number of food trucks were lined up on nearby street, serving everything from loaded BBQ nachos to spicy curry goat, Chinese steamed buns, chicken shwarma sandwiches, and those homemade, sugar-dusted funnel cakes that seem to melt in your mouth with each bite. The food truck scene here is bananas, by the way, but I'll go into more detail about this craze in a later post.
Ice cold craft beer was on tap, including my new favorite, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, a light beer with a splash of lemonade flavor.
The weather was breezy and 75 degrees. Children were laughing and dancing in the water fountains without a care in the world, like free spirits. And there was a huge crowd spread out among the park's plush green lawn, waiting on the next act to grace the stage.
An alternative rock singer-songwriter with this androgynous look and tiny stature by the name of LP stepped onto the stage while strumming her guitar and belting out notes with a voice that was larger than life. When she performed the song "Night Like This" from her latest album entitled, Forever For Now, the crowd went crazy. People were twirling and rocking from side-to-side where they stood, while flawlessly mouthing the lyrics. And then she began whistling the tune in a perfect pitch, it was unlike anything I had ever heard before. I expected to hear good music at this festival, but I honestly did not anticipate leaving as a new fan and immediately downloading an album on iTunes when I got home.
Later on, I learned that she's a powerhouse in the music industry. She's worked with legendary artists such as singer-songwriter Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes and pinned songs for Cher, Christina Aguilera, and Rihanna, just to name a few.
I guess I've been buried under a rock somewhere.
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