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Live on the Green hits Nashville for second week


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By Natalie Shipley

Assistant Lifestyles Editor

Lightning 100’s free concert series Live on the Green in Nashville continued its second week on Thursday night, filling the lawn of Public Square Park with an estimated 20,000 people for a three-band onslaught of music to fit all tastes.

The evening’s shows began with gritty southern rock, transitioned to electro-pop and ended with indie folk.

The first sound of live music pulled people from all directions to the center of the park as if the stage had become a magnet surrounded by 20,000 paper clips.

Goodbye June and Wild Cub opened for the second week’s headlining band, The Head And The Heart.

Rock trio Goodbye June played an hour set of songs from their 2012 debut album Nor the Wild Music Flow. Their new single “Daisy” brought the crowd’s energy up a notch with high-pitched vocals and guitar riffs.

Nashville-based electro-pop quintet Wild Cub took the stage after Goodbye June. Their set was made up of songs from their 2013 debut album Youth. Singer Keegan DeWitt’s vocals alone are something to witness, although soft and low at times his voice demands attention.

DeWitt plays guitar and percussion at times throughout the set. The band puts so much energy into their performance it seemed as if the crowd started to take deep breaths for the five guys sweating profusely on stage. “Thunder Clatter” from the Youth album was played second to last, leaving “Summer Fires/ Hidden Spells” as the band’s closing number.

Indie-folk band The Head and the Heart concluded last week’s event. The band opened their set with “Cats and Dogs” from their 2010 self-titled debut album. Songs such as “Shake” and “Let’s Be Still” from their latest release Let’s Be Still were also included in the hour-long set.

The vocals of each song alone can cause chills, hearing the three voices of Josiah Johnson, Jonathan Russell and Charity Rose Thielen solo is magical, but hearing the three voices come together in “Lost in My Mind” is phenomenal. “Rivers and Roads” concluded the evening. Thielen gave a grand finale during her solo in the closing song.

The crowd’s applause confirmed the overwhelming satisfaction almost as if Music City was giving two thumbs up to the night’s musical acts.

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