Live On The Green

Live On The Green

  • Article by: Matt Dodson
  • Posted: 09/20/2011

The second of Lightning 100’s Live on the Green concerts went down Thursday night to another massive and enthusiastic crowd. Despite the chilly breeze, the concert was right on time this week, giving Nashville a little time to recover from rush hour and still make it down to the courthouse.

Local rock ‘n’ rollers The Kicks started off the night with a short opening set that was part Boston’s harmonies, part The Who’s energy and wholly awesome. The four-piece played mostly songs from their most recent album, Sputnik Sessions, which they were giving away for free as a thank you to their hometown fans in exchange for an email address.

Tight harmonies, infectious melodies and blazing guitar riffs filled the air as the band shined the brightest on new songs like “Songs for the Queen” and “Hawk Eyes,” the latter of which was heard on ABC Family’s thriller Pretty Little Liars in July, marking the band’s first major television placement, and was actually airing on The Vampire Diaries during their show that night.

The Kicks closed their set with some sing-along choruses of “Let Me Love You.” A short set change followed, and then Rumba, winners of the Arts and Business Council’s Music City Corporate Band Challenge, took the stage.

Many in the front rows of the crowd were on their feet and dancing as the 10-member Latin ensemble celebrated the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month with their Latin sound.

Continuing with the theme of Hispanic heritage, Chicano rock trio Los Lonely Boys closed the show with a heavy dose of their Latin-inspired Texas blues. As the Garza brothers took the stage, nearly everyone on the courthouse’s green roof rose to their feet.

Despite the Raconteurs’ sold-out show a few blocks away at the Ryman Auditorium, Live on the Green drew a massive crowd once again.

Fresh off the release of their own new album, the boys jammed out to several new songs and a handful from their older releases. The band’s immense talent reflected their long blues jams, especially on songs like “16 Monkeys” and “Rockpango,” both from their newest release. The crowd danced along to the Latin beats of “Oye Mamacita.”

“Heaven” closed the boys’ regular set, and the band did well to hold off on “Heaven” until late in their set, not because it was the reason many fans came to the show, but instead because those who had only heard their biggest hit (including myself) got the chance to find out how contagious the band’s bluesy rock really is.

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