Just last week on this blog, we were telling you about the value of collecting experiences over things, and how this is particularly true in Nashville, where “Only in Nashville” moments happen all the time. If you were at Bridgestone Arena on Friday or Saturday night this past weekend, you are now living proof of what we were talking about.
On Friday, Memphis native Justin Timberlake brought his 20/20 tour to the Arena. By all accounts, his three-hour show was top-notch, and as good as any other show he played this year. But then he brought Garth Brooks out for an arena-sized sing-along of the Brooks’ classic “Friends in Low Places,” and the place went bonkers. NowPlayingNashville.com’s Erin Hornsby was there and said this:
“When Justin started playing “Friends in Low Places,” I just knew Garth was going to be there since he was performing the next night. As soon as Justin hollered “Garth,” I was jumping up and down in utter excitement. Two of the best performing acts I have ever seen on the same stage together. Who would have ever thought? It was AHHHH-MAZING!”
Here’s some video from YouTube user Alex McDaniel:
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxW3ZKc-jdE]As Hornsby mentioned, Brooks was going to be in town performing the next night, which brings us to the second amazing — or rather AHHHH-MAZING — event that happened this weekend. On Saturday night, Kelly Clarkson gathered a few of her closest friends and some of the country, rock and pop world’s biggest stars for Miracle on Broadway, a benefit concert for the Fruition Fund at the Community Foundation for Middle Tennessee.
Those that joined Clarkson were Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Charles Esten, Meghan Trainor, Kacey Musgraves, Martina McBride and Paramore’s Hayley Williams. Other than perhaps the GRAMMY Awards, where else are you going to see that caliber and diversity of artists on the same stage? Simple. Only in Nashville.
Here’s a slightly unsteady but great-sounding video from YouTube user hydearchives of a chill-inducing performance by Clarkson, Yearwood and McEntire of “Silent Night.”
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rluaEaiF5Hg?t=50s]And as if the show wasn’t stellar enough, it also did good. Plenty of good. By the end of the show, Clarkson announced that proceeds from the concert totaled nearly $200,000, raised through tickets, merchandise and a text-to-donate option at the show. But then Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood stepped up and decided to match that, upping the total to nearly $400,000. The money will be split from the Fruition Fund to beneficiaries Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Monroe Harding Children’s Home, Second Harvest Food Bank and Thistle Farms.
An extraordinary (and amazing) weekend in Nashville, indeed. We hope you were at one or both of these events, or experienced something else “Only in Nashville” this weekend. Let us know in the comments, or use Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with #HowIPlayNashville.
If you missed the Miracle on Broadway show, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Twitter account was live tweeting.