On July 7th Mayor Karl Dean announced “Live On the Green,” a free, environmentally-friendly concert series to take place over six consecutive Thursday nights on the Public Square in front of the Metro Courthouse this fall,a beginning on September 3rd. “Live On The Green” will feature local artists as well as national acts with roots in Music City, and will highlight environmental practices, including the Public Square’ feature as a green roof over five levels of underground parking.
Dean has made growing live music in Nashville a goal of the Music Business Council formed earlier this year. Live On the Green is an effort to enhance the relationships between the music industry, Metro Government and the Nashville community. “Nashville has a unique identity as Music City, and I can think of no better way to celebrate our local talent than to host a free concert series in the heart of downtown,” Dean said. “I thank Lightning 100 for making Live On the Green possible, and for sharing my priority of making this an environmentally sustainable event.” Lightning 100’s Team Green will be responsible for incorporating sustainable practices into “Live On the Green.” Team Green works to connect the Nashville community with the outdoors while instilling respect for the environment. With Team Green’s assistance, the concert series will include recycling, reusing materials, reducing energy use, and local healthy food vendors, among other green initiatives. “We’re excited to be working with the Mayor’s office to bring the people of Nashville this great event,” said Lester Turner, Jr., Lightning 100 owner. “It’s been four years since we did the Uptown Mix, and Nashvillians are eager for another weekly outdoor music series. We’re looking forward to showcasing the some of Nashville’s outstanding musical talent in this beautiful ‘green’ setting.” Lightning 100 is recruiting artists for “Live On the Green” to appeal to a large cross-section of Nashville’s music fans. Artists booked to date include Citizen Cope, Here Come the Mummies, Space Capone, and Ricky Young.