Any Nashville resident could give you a mile-long list of reasons why this city is the best, but one of the things that is sure to stand out is Live on the Green. Sadly, the free, weekly musical gathering in Public Square Park is coming to a close this weekend after three weeks of stellar entertainment, from the likes of Andra Day, Allen Stone, and White Denim, followed by Jenny Lewis, Passenger, and JR JR, and most recently Dawes, Kurt Vile & the Violators, and The Record Company. But there’s no time to be sad, because the final weekend kicks off tonight, Sept. 1 with a jam-packed lineup of Young The Giant, BØRNS, COIN, The Revivalists, SIMO, and *repeat repeat.
Live on the Green will conclude this week with an epic three-day, two-stage Labor Day weekend finale from Thursday Sept. 1 through Saturday Sept. 3. Per usual, LOTG is free and all ages, and the music tonight will run from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m., and there will be plenty of food and beer vendors on site to meet your needs. Parking is just $5 at the Public Square Park Garage below the festival site, and various other garages and street parking options are available on the surrounding blocks, as well as across the bridge at LP Field. VIP tickets and backstage passes are all sold out for tonight, but there are, as of publishing this, still some packages available for Saturday Sept. 3. Find out more about this week’s installment below, and find out more about the entire season on Live on the Green’s site.
YOUNG THE GIANT | MAIN STAGE | 9:30 PM
California indie rockers Young The Giant return to Nashville fresh off the release of their third album, Home of the Strange, which came out last week. Its lead single “Something To Believe In” has been in heavy rotation on alt stations everywhere, becoming one of the summer’s staple tracks thanks to the catchy hook and gritty, angsty vocals from lead singer Sameer Gadhia. This album ventures deeper into electronic elements than their previous efforts, but they definitely haven’t lost that arena-rock aspect that fuels their amazing live show, and they should provide a perfect end to night one of the LOTG weekend finale.
COIN | 615 STAGE | 8:30 PM
Local synth-pop outfit COIN have toured with some big names in their field, including Walk the Moon and Neon Trees, opened for Moon Taxi’s hometown show at the Ryman, and nabbed a coveted set at Lollapalooza, but we’d bet that rounding out this night of LOTG is still enough of an honor for the Belmont products to rival those achievements. The release of their self-titled LP, which was released on StarTime Intl./Columbia Records last year, helped rocket them to popularity, and we’ve seen enough of their high energy live shows to know that this is one set that is a requirement to leave the main lawn.
BØRNS | MAIN STAGE | 7:45 PM
Garrett Borns, aka BØRNS, adds a glam-rock flair to his irresistibly catchy electro-pop tunes like “Electric Love,” which you’ve definitely heard if you listen to the radio, get on the internet, or watch TV (so, you know, if you don’t live under a rock). The Michigan native is skilled at crafting anthemic music, and is known to tie visual elements into his live show that are just as hypnotic. His latest release, following his debut Dopamine in 2015, is a piano-ballad version of Zayn’s “It’s You,” but the millions of streams of his catchy synth driven, danceable rock tracks, like “Electric Love” below, will dominate the set at LOTG tonight.
SIMO | 615 STAGE | 7PM
Local trio SIMO has been keeping the spirit of 60’s/70’s rock alive in a world where the basic fundamentals of music are sometimes overlooked. Fronted by guitar virtuoso JD Simo, they’ve made strides opening for legends like Gregg Allman and Deep Purple as well as creating a fan base of their own on headlining club tours. The passion for music can be felt from all band members in their performance, and even if you’re not a guitar nerd, their blues-rock sound is something everyone can appreciate and enjoy.
THE REVIVALISTS | MAIN STAGE | 6:15PM
The Revivalists’ sound – loud, blues tinged rock and roll, with obvious soul and R&B influences – is perfect for kicking off the night. The New Orleans-based group has a big sound that comes from the multitude of band members, including a pedal steel player and a horn section, making for the perfect concoction of swampy, Louisiana styles that translate perfectly into a live show.
*repeat repeat | 615 STAGE | 5:30PM
We’ve probably talked your ears off over the years about *repeat repeat, but there’s a good reason for that. The pop/surf rock trio floated through the East Nashville underground scene for a couple of years before their 2014 release of Bad Latitude helped rocket them to radio play and some supporting roles on national tours. We’re anxiously awaiting their new album to be released this year, but in the meantime, we’ll settle for dancing to their high energy, retro sounds tonight.