LOTG Presents Cold War Kids, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and Houndmouth


Live On the Green 2015: Week 1


Photo by Tara Balma

Elliot Root, Shakey Graves, and Lord Huron graced the stage on the night of Thursday, August 20th, the first night of Live On the Green 2015.

As can only be expected in Music City, a crowd of thousands showed out at the first of six shows in Lightning 100’s annual free concert series held in Public Square Park.

Up first was local band, Elliot Root. Contrary to first assumptions, Elliot Root a band comprised of five people.

“We would like for people to know that music is this other worldly thing, but it’s also really just people doing the best they can!” laughed Elliot Root front-man, Scott Krueger. “We want to be as honest as possible in our music, and for our fans to be just as honest with us and themselves when they listen.”

Inspired by punk, R&B, and the inspirational writings of the Persian poet, Rumi, Krueger aims to write romantically and with the same sense of mysticism.

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Live On The Green 2015 Lineup


Lightning 100 is proud to announce the highly anticipated artist lineup for the 2015 Live On The Green Music Festival! Scheduled to run Thursday August 20, 27, September 3 and Thursday thru Saturday, September 10, 11 & 12; the festival will feature headlining artists Ben Folds, Passion Pit, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cold War Kids, and Lord Huron with more to be announced.

VIP Tickets and Packages are On Sale Now!

Don’t forget to use #LOTG2015 to share the news with your friends online! Stay tuned for more updates and thanks for supporting Live On The Green seven years running!

One of the most exciting changes for 2015 is the addition of a second stage to the three day weekend finale on September 10, 11 & 12.

The second stage, located at the corner of James Robertson Parkway and 3rd Avenue North, will feature a mixture of rising local talent and national acts.

The festival site footprint will be similar to the 2014 event, encompassing all of 3rd Avenue North between Union Street and James Robertson Parkway, and will extend up Deaderick Street to 4th Avenue.

Blue Chair Bay Rum, Blue Moon Brewing Company, Erie Insurance, Regions Bank, Red Bull, Carl Black Chevrolet, Doubletree by Hilton-Nashville, Coca-Cola, Thorntons Inc., Griffin Technology, Piedmont Natural Gas, eScore from TVA, Bacon & Caviar Gourmet Catering, Edley’s BBQ, UBS Financial, Mellow Mushroom, Team Green Adventures, Pioneer Coach, Acme Feed & Seed, Governor’s Highway Safety Office, Friendly Arctic Printing & Design, Green Village Recycling, Walk/Bike Nashville.


Bonnaroo Photos 2015

Photography by Brian Waters

Posted by Lightning 100 on Friday, June 12, 2015

Make sure to tag #L100life in your photos!


Lake Street Dive performing “You Go Down Smooth” live at Hangout Music Festival

Lake Street Dive performs a secret show for a few lucky fans at Hangout Music Festival. Check out this performance of “You Go Down Smooth” live at Hangout Music Fest.  Click here to check out some of the photos from Hangout 2015.


Hangout Music Fest 2015 Photos

Photography by Morgan Yingling

Posted by Lightning 100 on Saturday, May 30, 2015

Photography by Morgan Yingling


Sloss Music and Arts Festival 2015



Sloss Music and Arts Festival start off strong with an amazing first year lineup.  Only 3 hours away from Nashville, this festival will take place in Birmingham, AL on July 18-19th.   Tickets go on sale at Thursday, March 27th at 10am.


Forecastle Festival lineup 2015

Forecastle Festival is a port-of-call where the world gathers to experience the best in Music, Art, Activism. The 2015 festival will be 7/17-19 on the Louisville Waterfront.  A Forecastle is a superstructure at the bow of a ship where the crew is housed. Hard at work in the unruly sea, it’s a place workers gather after a long day to unwind. A place where the people come together, for one whale of a good time.


CounterPoint Music Festival 2015 Lineup



The 2015 CounterPoint Music Festival Lineup has arrived!! Join us over Memorial Day Weekend for CounterPoint’s 3rd Anniversary!

All ‪#‎CP15‬ Passes are on sale now: http://bit.ly/1KNzWPZd


Shaky Knees Music Festival Lineup 2015



Here it is, the ‪#‎ShakyKneesFest‬ 2015 lineup! Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am at ShakyKneesFestival.com!


Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Lineup 2015


Tickets go on sale for Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on January 17th and noon (EST).

Lightning 100 will be doing a live update during #BLAM!  Full lineup will be released at 8pm.

Kendrick Lamar, Billy Joel, Run the Jewels, Slayer, Dawes, Spoon, Flying Lotus, Shakey Graves, Belle and Sebastian, the War on Drugs, Moon Taxi, My Morning Jacket, Punch Brothers, Caribou, Mac DeMarco, Sylvan Esso, Jamie xx, Iceage, Rustie, Robert Plant, Tears for Fears, Florence and the Machine, Shabazz Palaces, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Against Me!, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Courtney Barnett, Pallbearer, SBTRKT, Flume, Woods, Alabama Shakes, Atmosphere, Dej Loaf, Earth Wind & Fire, SZA, Rhiannon Giddens, Hiss Golden Messenger, Tanya Tagaq, MØ, Tycho, Bleachers, Temples, the Very Best, and more.


The Hangout Music Fest Lineup 2015


Tickets to the 2015 Hangout Music Festival will go on sale at 10 am EST, Tuesday, January 12.  Wonder what Hangout Music Festival is like?  Your friends at WRLT have attend the festival since the beginning in 2010, bringing you backstage performances and interviews from some of your favorite artist.  Click here to check out Lightning 100’s festival coverage featuring Micheal Franti, The Lumineers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brandi Carlile, Justin Townes Earle, John and Jacob, The TonTons, and more!  Lightning 100 teams up with Mellow Mushroom for the second annual Hangout Games starting later this month!  Stay tuned for more details coming your way.

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The 12 Days of Roo Clues

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival released “The 12 Days Of Roo Clues” to give you a few hints on the 2015 lineup release.  Each day, Bonnaroo has released a clue for different artist performing on the farm in June.  Can you guess any of the artist?


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Coachella 2015 Lineup


Coachella returns to Indio, California on 4/10-12 and 4/17-19. Get tickets here starting this Wednesday, 1/7 at noon PST.


Live On The Green Weekend Video

Lightning 100’s Live On The Green 2014 on September 5th and 6th in 2014 with Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Augustana, G. Love & Special Sauce, The Wild Feathers, Phin, Sugar & The Hi Lows, Ingrid Michaelson, LP, The Lone Bellow and Jake Bugg.


Live On The Green Presents Jake Bugg and Ingrid Michaelson


Live On The Green Presents The Wild Feathers and G. Love & Special Sauce


Live On The Green: The Head and The Heart


Live On The Green – City and Colour, The Weeks, and Spanish Gold


Forecastle 2014


Bonnaroo 2014


Lt. Dan at Bonnaroo 2014

10464040_10152496646489176_3509924042674316545_nI’ll be working backstage again at Bonnaroo. It’s my 11th year in a row running the backstage interview studio. I’ve had some great memories over the year and met some amazing musicians. In 2004 we met Marc Broussard, 2005 Brett Dennen, was Brandi Carlile in 2005 as well? That’s kind of a problem. The years and sometimes the bands are hard to tell apart. If I don’t label photos, sometimes I forget which band it was. I may be a genius editing a pro tools session but the ole memory…well not so much. Looking ahead at this year and my own private backstage bonnaroo is pretty exciting! First of all, it’s the first year that back at Lightning 100 I have an assistant, which means it’s the first year I’m not editing until midnight to get all my production done for the week. I’ve left a lot in the capable hands of Guy Fell, including my interview with John and Lilly Hiatt for this Sunday’sFather’s Day edition of Music Business Radio.
So what am I excited about on the schedule? Just about everything! We have around 40 bands booked. Some big names you’ve heard of like Cage The Elephant, James Blake, Damon Albarn (Blur and The Gorillaz) or Avett Brothers and other bands under the radar like Lake Street Drive, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and Roadkill Ghost Choir. There are personal favorites like Sarah Jarosz, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Umphrey’s McGee, and Ben Howard. We have some of my favorite Nashville based bands as well like Fly Golden Eagle, Wild Feathers, and The Wood Brothers. There are some names I don’t recognize and every year at least one of them ends up getting added to the radio station. You don’t get booked backstage at bonnaroo if someone doesn’t believe you are worth believing in. Who will it be this year?
I don’t get outside of the trailer much during the day, so I always eye the after dark performances and headliners. I’ll be clear that I was disappointed to see Kanye West make the bill again. He should be banned for all I care. My guess is it’s politics. The bosses are trying to spin it like their behind it but it doesn’t make any sense to me. Any other hip hop act on the planet would have been better. My opinion is out there so let’s move on. Breaking it into days on Thursday it’s starts early with Nashville’s own The Wild Feathers. It’s their Bonnaroo debut and the word is out about these guys. They put on an amazing live show and folks will be talking about it all weekend. Another Nashville act Cherub has been blowing up on the west coast and I’m excited to see them continue their march towards success. White Denim will take the stage at Midnight Thursday and I’m going to try and be there. I really like their music and am excited to see the live show. I should also mention another Nashville band called Bully that will be playing early at 2pm and I’ve heard great things about them. Definitely an under the radar act to check out.

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Wells’ Top 10 Favorite Bonnaroo Videos!

1. #1 has got to be our Apache Relay golf cart video.  Brian the web guy and I dreamed up this idea very late one night at Bonnaroo.  I taped the mic to the back of the cart and we had 4 cameras on this ride.  It will forever be my favorite moment on the farm.

2. This was one of the 1st videos Brian the web guy and I made.  It still makes me laugh.  Apparently there is a lot of poo and drugs in the water…

3. 17 things I forgot to take to Bonnaroo.  You should know I was really into Alt J at the time this video was made.  Alt J…and tank tops.  Pickle?

4. Moon Taxi singing the Bonnaroo song in a ….wait for it…port-o-john.  Anyone who has been to the Roo knows that Port-o-potties aren’t meant for extended visits.  We got this in one shot, I ran sound sitting on the ground.  It was gross and awesome all at once.

5. #5 has got to be The Punch Brothers and Sarah Jaroz playing “Cry Cry Darling” in the radio compound.  Sometimes things just happen really organically and this was one of those times.  Chris Thile of  The Punch Brothers had been mixing drinks for everyone all night and decided he wanted to jam with 19 year old Sarah Jaroz.  I was so happy to have been there for this!

6. This was the 1st time me and B-dub got to meet The Weeks.  We were fans instantly!

7. I loved the Ben Sollee video from CenteRoo.  There were a bunch of folks hanging under the shade tree just waiting for the next band to play The Which Stage, little did they know they were getting awesome seats to a really cool show.  I really like his theory of how the Globe burned down as well.

8. I have never had so much fun running sound for a shoot.  Cheer Up Charlie Daniels cracks me up!

9. We like hip hop at Lightning 100 too!  Chancellor Warhol is one bad dude.

10.  As far as song writing goes, Caitlin Rose’s Shanghai Cigarettes is about as good as it gets.

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Analee’s Bonnaroo list

analee-top-10Top Ten:

Jack White
Amos Lee

The Wild Feathers

Neutral Milk Hotel

Ben Howard

J. Roddy Walston & The Business
The Weeks
Drive By Truckers
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Under The Radar:
First Aid Kit
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Real Estate


The TonTons at Hangout Fest



Red Bull Sound Select artist The Tontons perform an acoustic version of “Kidd Cemetery” live on the lazy river at Hangout Music Fest 2014.  Filmed and edited by Make It Pop Creations

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