Live On The Green weekend continues to roll on tonight with it’s new expanded set up. Tonight features performances from a bunch of locals including bluesy rockers Smooth Hound Smith, rock stalwarts Turbo Fruits, Americana outfit The Vespers, and indie rockers Colony House. That’s only the half of it though. You’ll also catch alt-pop songstress Zella Day, electro-popsters Big Data, and the hugely danceable pop sounds of Passion Pit.
Per usual, tonight’s show is free. Music runs from 5-11pm. Be sure to save your appetite and try some of the delicious food trucks that will be parked at Public Square Park. Bike parking is available, and walking is always an option. But if that doesn’t work for you, parking at the Public Square Garage is just $5. VIP Tickets and backstage passes are still available for Friday, and they can be purchased here. Keep reading to find out more about tonight’s artists, and, remember, if you aren’t finished when the event wraps up tonight, the official afterparty goes until early into the morning at Acme Feed & Seed.
Primarily a project of Michael Angelakos, Passion Pit has been a force in the indie electo-pop scene since the mid 2000’s. Angelakos became a sensation in the Cambridge, Mass underground scene around that time, and his self distributed mix tape was discovered by Frenchkiss Records. The release of the first single “Sleepyhead” immediately caught the attention of numerous outlets and advertisers, and sparked what has become a very prolific career highlighted by three subsequent full length records. Needless to say it is going to be a big dance party during the final set on Friday night in the vein of what we saw when contemporaries Matt & Kim played back in 2013.
Local, by way of Franklin, have likely been licking their chops to get on an LOTG stage for a while now. Two brothers Caleb and Will Chapman and guitarist Scott Mills have been together since 2009, and they’ve quickly climbed the ladder with their arena ready rock sounds. Their very well received debut full length, When I Was Younger, has landed them on tours with NEEDTOBREATHE, a spot on Late Night With Seth Myers, and a well deserved spot at Live On The Green!
A perfect counterpart to the headliners, Big Data is going to get you fully warmed up with his impossible-not-to-dance to jams. The single “Dangerous” landed the Brooklyn based producer his first gold single earlier this year, and he continues to promote his first studio album, 2.0, which dropped back in March.
We’ve been watching the incredible growth of The Vespers for the past few years. From their starts in Nashville, gaining recognition at SXSW, and landing a spot of the Beale Street Music Festival earlier this summer, this band, comprised of two pairs of siblings (Taylor & Bruno Jones and Callie & Phoebe Cryar), is certainly making waves with their folky americana sounds. They’ll provide a well deserved chill out before the dance madness begins, and this is a great chance for you to catch one of Nashville’s fastest growing acts.
Hailing from Arizona, Zella Day hasn’t been at the music game for very long, but, with her smoky soulful voice and haunting lyrics, it’s not surprising that she has risen so quickly in such a short span. Her initial offering consists of tracks like “1965” below, that almost make you wonder if Zella wasn’t the influence for one Lana Del Rey. Needless to say, this is a chance for you to catch her with the stellar soundsystem at Live On The Green, so get there early to make sure you don’t miss anything.
Local party rockers and blog faves, Turbo Fruits, have been kicking ass and taking names for their outrageous live shows. They may be used to playing late night sets at rock clubs, but don’t expect them to hold back during the happy hour slot on Friday. For those of you that are local fans like us, this performance also marks the first time to see them back in town a while, since they have spent so much time on the road in support of their stellar new record, No Control, which dropped earlier this year.
SMOOTH HOUND SMITH
Smooth Hound Smith have been making a name for themselves in the local scene, and that is due in part to Lightning 100’s love of the foot stomping soul rockers. We’re not talking payola scams here though, they just won the Lightning 100 Music City Mayhem competition that was voted by you the fans, which landed them on the LOTG docket, and that follows up their appearance at Bonnaroo earlier this summer. Needless to say, if you haven’t gotten on the Smooth Hound bandwagon yet, you are running to catch up.
Live On The Green continues on Friday, Sept. 11 at Public Square Park. The show is all ages, begins at 5pm, and, as always, it’s free!