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Live On The Green Lives Again with Sheryl Crow and Jenny Lewis

by Rich and Laura Lynch

One of Nashville's favorite music festivals is back! Live On The Green (LOTG) is produced and presented by WRLT LIGHTNING 100 FM. The five day event is a free outdoor music showcase held at Public Square Park in Nashville, Tennessee. LOTG features local talent as well as mainstream acts. Since its inception in 2009, over 700,000 fans from all 50 states and 15 countries have attended these concerts.

Sheryl Crow at Live On The Green in 2022.

Scheduled to appear over Labor Day Weekend 2022 is Sheryl Crow, Jenny Lewis, Moon Taxi, Colony House, Santigold, Cautious Clay, Coin, Devon Gilfillian, Yola, Arrested Development and many more. Food and alcoholic drink options are available. Plus, LOTG has plans to sort recyclable materials so that they can be reused in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the amount of waste going to landfills.

The lawn was packed when Thursday's headliner who has played LOTG before took the stage. Sheryl Crow has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. She has won nine Grammy Awards and as an actress she has appeared on various television shows. Her music melds blues, country, folk, pop and rock with lyrics that run the range from fun to serious with plenty of commentary on relationships. Crow with her talented crew presented plenty of hits such as "If It Makes You Happy", "A Change Would Do You Good" and one of our favorites "My Favorite Mistake".

Jenny Lewis at Live On The Green in 2022.

Jenny Lewis was a founding member of the indie rock band Rilo Kiley and then pursued a solo career. Jenny fronted an all-female band clad in western wear. Multi-part harmonies enhanced a generally up-tempo set that included a more serious piece about gun violence. Nikki Lane also had a lot to say in songs that blended country with rock. The "Black Widow" and the title track from Lane's new record Denim & Diamonds were bewitching.

Kicking things off on the Main Stage was the inspiring Danielle Ponder. She had a powerful voice to match her powerful songs. Reflecting on the courthouse behind her Ponder shared that she left her job as a public defender to pursue music at age 39 and at 40 here she was at LOTG. She dedicated "So Long" to fellow dreamers and encouraged folks to take chances like she did. Mayor John Cooper also made an appearance to welcome fans back following a three-year absence and he was happy to add that 30 of the 38 performers this weekend were all - just like Danielle - locally based acts.

The weather was ideal on night one. We strolled around checking out local vendors and of course our hosts WRLT LIGHTNING 100 was on site and there were plenty of food trucks. LOTG had two stages with the second "615" featuring quality local acts such as Cecilia Castleman, The Watson Twins and Bre Kennedy. The Main Stage had various seating options on the lawn plus the big screen on the right that gave fans a close up view of the artists. Sheryl's closing slot capped off an evening of great music with four more days to come as of this writing.

Nikki Lane at Live On The Green in 2022.

LOTG runs from September 01 - 05, 2022 and is free but they have VIP options such as side stage viewing by the rails, shade, complimentary snacks and drinks, Lightning 100 Lounge access and air-conditioned restrooms. The music starts in the late afternoon and should rap up between 10 and 11 p.m. each day. LOTG has a long history with 1 Public Square Park which is a two acre award-winning green space conveniently located Downtown. The park is right in front of Nashville's historic Metropolitan Courthouse, which serves as an impressive backdrop for LOTG.

ABOUT WRLT LIGHTNING 100: Locally owned and operated for over 30 years, WRLT Lightning 100.1 FM, Nashville's Independent Radio, has maintained an unwavering dedication to the city through its unique on-air programming and live events. Lightning 100 is the proud producer and founder of Live On The Green Music Festival." Thanks to WRLT for organizing this diverse and fun concert series. Since the event runs through Monday you still have time to check out LOTG for yourself!

Lightning 100's Live On The Green made a flashy return in Nashville.

Related Links: For more information on LIVE ON THE GREEN and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Live On The Green | Lightning 100 | Sheryl Crow | Jenny Lewis | Nikki Lane | Danielle Ponder | Live On The Green Makes a Welcome Return in 2022


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