Can you believe it's already been one year since the first Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville? We can't. Twelve months and we've been counting down every single day.
The doors opened yesterday afternoon, and immediately the Grand Lawn at Riverfront was on fire. We actually like to think it was uncaged. If you were hanging out on Broadway, it was probably the unmistakable smell of food from our gourment chefs, endless amount of foodie boths and the chirping of fans that led you down to the festival entrance on 1st Avenue. Or maybe it was the new addition to the Nashville skyline, our very own Capital One Ferris Wheel.
Brothers Road kicked off the day on the Landshark Lager stage that looked over the luminous city of Nashville. If you didn't make it up the hill yesterday, put it on your list for Day Two. It will take your breath away and make for an Instagram picture that would make anyone jealous.
Trombone Short & Orleans Avenue graced the stage with their warm, jazzy New Orleans presence and reminded the audience that a trombone may be one of the coolest instruments known to man. Eli Young Band brought back the country with a version of "Always the Love Songs" that had every person in the crowd singing along.
Landshark Lager stage had a string of talented Southern Ground artists fill the space with glorious music including John Hopkins and The Mosier Bros Band, Niko Moon and The Wood Brothers. Did we mention The Wood Bros have an album out Tuesday? Check it out here if you know what's good for you.
Grace Potter and The Nocturnals did what they always do; bring the crowd to their feet and then sweep everyone off of them. The show, the crowd, the lady. Grace played every instrument under the sun, but as always her voice reigned supreme.
And then the moment finally came. Zac Brown Band was there and Nashville came alive. Special sit-ins included Kenny Chesney, Kenny Rogers, Jason Mraz, The Stellas featuring Lennon & Maisy and a last minute appearance by Amos Lee.
It was a culmination of artists so fantastic that we saw fireworks… literally. See you there today fest-goers? Bring it on, day two.
Tickets available here.