Live On the Green 2017 opened with a stellar lineup on Thursday, August 10 that included St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Michael Franti & Spearhead and The Arkells.
This free, outdoor festival, reminiscent of Nashville’s old Dancing in the District festival, showcases some of the best talent from Lightning 100 and across the nation.
The Arkells, a Canadian rock band, opened the festival and interacted with the crowd by bringing a local Nashvillian on stage. It set the stage for a night full of audience interactions.
Hannah, an audience-goer from Memphis, got to join Michael Franti & Spearhead for “Sounds of Sunshine.” The crowd loved Hannah and the interaction with Franti’s band. Franti, an outgoing and loving human being, wanted to express his feelings to the crowd.
“Put up both hands if you’re here with someone you love tonight,” said Franti. “We are all Nashvillians for this night. Give someone you don’t know a hug,” added Franti before transitioning to his next song “I Got Love for You.”
Franti had an immediate love and respect for the crowd at Live On the Green.
Ending the night was an hour-long performance by Birmingham, Alabama’s St. Paul & the Broken Bones. This eight-piece band didn’t disappoint with its soulful, gospel sound and Paul Janeway’s incredible dance skills—his foot action is particularly impressive. Full of high-impact and intensity, St. Paul & the Broken Bones is complete with horns and plays a mix of jazz, blues, soul and rock music.
Crowd favorites included “Flow With It,” “I’ll Be Your Woman,” “Call Me,” and “Like a Mighty River,” just to name a few. The band, led by Janeway’s vocal performance and dramatic, soulful sound kept the crowd on its feet till the very end.
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