Smooth Hound Smith – Full Set at Nashville Sunday Night

Photo by Brian Waters at Marathon Music Works

Photo by Brian Waters at Marathon Music Works

Nashville Sunday Night is a special presentation of Nashville’s Independent Radio, Lightning 100. Each Sunday night Lightning 100 broadcasts a concert from 3rd and Lindsley, one of Nashville’s finest live music venues. August 9, 2015, featured Nashville’s own Smooth Hound Smith opening up for Philadelphia trio, Good Old War.  See Smooth Hound Smith for FREE at Live On The Green Music Festival on September 10th with Turbo Fruits, Zella Day, The Vespers, Big Data, Colony House, and Passion Pit!

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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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LOTG Presents Lord Huron, Shakey Graves, and Elliot Root

Photography by Brian Waters

Posted by Lightning 100 on Friday, August 21, 2015

Thanks for making the first week Live On The Green Music Festival 2015 a great one.  We had a blast with Lord Huron, Shakey Graves, and Elliot Root.  Join us this Thursday(8/28) for Cold War Kids, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and Houndmouth!  LOTG has a few backstage VIP tickets still available.   Upgrade to VIP for all of the LOTG shows before they sell out!  Thanks for support #LOTG2015!


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 The Wild Feathers and G. Love & Special Sauce


Mr. Steve teaches kids about sharing

Mr. Steve is joined by his friend Daniel Ellsworth in the LC Studio for a quick lesson about sharing.  Hope you can join Mr. Steve at Live On The Green on September 6th for our first ever kids stage.


Live On The Green: The Head and The Heart


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


Ingrid Michaelson performing “Parachute”, “Girls Chase Boys”, and “Afterlife”

Ingrid Michaelson live

Ingrid Michaelson on right

Ingrid Michaelson returns to the LC studio for a live performance before she plays the historic Ryman Auditorium!  Ingrid will be back in Nashville for Live On the Green on Septembers 6th with Jake Bugg, LP, Phin, Sugar and the Hi-Lows, The Lone Bellow, and more!  Get your VIP tickets before they sell out!  Click the tab below to check out live in-studio videos.  She performs her hit “Girls Chase Boys” plus two other songs live in the LC studio.

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Live On The Green 2014 Teaser


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Nashville, TN (April 23, 2014) – Live On The Green Music Festival organizers and representatives from Lightning 100, along with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, announced a number of exciting changes to Live On The Green Music Festival today. In its sixth year, Nashville’s premiere free music series, which takes place at Public Square Park in downtown Nashville, will kick off the 2014 season with three consecutive Thursdays – August 14, 21, 28 and wrap up with a weekend finale planned for September 4, 5 and 6.

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Live On The Green preview for 9/5


Live On The Green preview is sponsored by Atkinson Remodeling.

Another week another terrific Live on the Green am I right y’all? I sure hope you were there to see Smokin’ Joe Robinson put on a guitar clinic. Followed by some of the hottest soul Nashville has ever seen delivered by none other than St. Paul and The Broken Bones. To wrap the night up Robert Randolph and the Family Band brought the house down and brought all the Nashville ladies he could fit up on stage with him. This week we will stay true to Live on the Green standards and keep the craft beer and food trucks LOCAL. We hope to see all you Nashville NATIVES at Public Square Park again this week. Again bring your friends, bring your dogs, bring the kids, bring that lucky lady or man in your life to the best party in Nashville, this weeks line up is stacked with Nashville greats, and some California boys with the best harmonies west of the Mississippi.

Local Natives

Formed in 2008 in Orange County California, Local Natives have yet to fit a “perfect” mold of a genre. Their sound has been described as “afropop-influenced guitars with hyperactive drumming and hooky three-part harmonies.” Really that description is quite perfect. In 2010 they released their first full-length album, Gorilla Manor and have recently followed it up with their sophomore effort, Hummingbird released in 2013. Speaking from experience, this is a live show that you do not want to miss, clear your schedule because Local Natives is sure to impress if not stun. If you don’t believe me check out their song “Breakers.”

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Live On The Green preview for 8/29

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Whether it was Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Delta Saints, and Luella & The Sun delivering fiery hot jams or the 88-degree and nearly 90% humidity heat there is no denying that Live on the Green last week was HOT. We hope you all stayed safe as well as hydrated and chose to cool down, refuel, and party on with a craft beer and a delicious treat from one of the many food trucks. Take this week to rest up and wipe the sweat from your brow because this Thursday Labor Day weekend starts early at Public Square Park we are at it again and this is going to be a week you do not want to miss. Pull out your dancing and get some light stretching in because people, believe me, feet will be movin’, hips will be shakin’, and Nashville will be rockin’.

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

As soon as he sits down you won’t be able to get off of your feet. Robert Randolph, pedal steel guitar extraordinaire, will be joined by The Family Band on Thursday- night and is sure to exceed your quota of incredible steel guitar, lively walking bass lines, and singing straight from the soul. Since 2001 Robert Randolph & The Family Band have been around the world and back performing with acts such as The North Mississippi Allstars, Dave Matthews, and Eric Clapton. The band’s latest studio album Lickety Split included guest appearances by Trombone Shorty, and Carlos Santana. Needless to say this band will not disappoint. Get “Amped Up” by taking a listen to “Born Again” it will be sure to get your “Hips Shaking.”

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Live On The Green preview for 8/22

Live On the Green Michael franti

Live On The Green preview is sponsored by Atkinson Remodeling.

Well Nashville it’s nearly that time of the week again, no not Hump Day, but Thursday which brings with it Lightning 100’s Live on the Green. Heading into the third week we look back and remember fondly the past two weeks as we watched Gin Wigmore, ZZ Ward, Erin McCarley, The Mowgli’s, Matt & Kim, and Matt Nathanson grace the stage in Public Square Park. This week will prove that third time really is a charm when two Nashville powerhouse acts join an international ambassador of all things hip-hop, reggae, and soul. Accompanying the music will of course be a wide variety of local craft beers, and food trucks. If you missed out on the first two week or maybe you have never attended a Live on the Green, be sure to come down this week and start a new Thursday night tradition.

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Since their first release in 1994 with Home Michael Franti & Spearhead have been spreading politically and socially aware music around the globe. Not only will their music get you thinking but it will get you movin’ and a shakin’ as well. Deeply rooted in hip-hop, reggae, soul, jazz, and rock (to mention a few) this band will surely get you on your feet first, then into the air with songs like “Say Hey (I Love You)” and “The Sound of Sunshine.” Coming off of their latest release All People which dropped July 30, 2013 Michael Franti & Spearhead are sure to bring the house down this Thursday at Public Square Park. So grab the family or a date and spend your Thursday night with Michael Franti, Lightning 100, and the rest of Nashville.

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Live On the Green preview for 8/8

Live On The Green preview is sponsored by Atkinson Remodeling.

Ladies and gentlemen, friends and family, Nashville natives and those who wish they were: the time is upon us. It is officially the 2013 Lightning 100’s Live on the Green season. You better have an escape route from your office to the parking lot planned, because you are going to want to dip out a little early for the next 6 Thursdays. Like everything else in Nashville, Live on the Green has only been getting bigger and better over the past 5 years. With that in mind, we are proud to bring you the most high profile line up we have ever had. Every single artist performing tomorrow could have been a headliner in years past, making the tomorrow night’s kickoff the perfect way to start your weekend. So before you head on down to Public Square Park to enjoy the great weather, local craft beers, delicious food trucks, and fantastic musical acts, lets take a look at tomorrow’s line up.

Matt and Kim

Ask anyone who has been to a Matt and Kim concert and they will tell you the same thing: This power couple’s synth pop brings the heat extremely hard but don’t let that fool you. Their signature brand of sugary-sweet anthems are a surefire way to get anyone with ears moving and grooving. Based out of Brooklyn, these lovebirds didn’t even know how to play their instruments when they met at Pratt Institute. They’re self-titled release was an underground phenomenon that everyone in east village had to have, and the rest is history. Matt and Kim have been touring the globe non-stop since 2008 and have seriously honed their craft.  This is certainly a show you do not want to miss.

ZZ Ward

This overnight sensation is a hard artist to peg into just one sound, which is exactly why Lightning 100 has loved her since day one. Drawing influence from old blues artists like Son House, having pipes that would rival Aretha Franklin’s, and an album collaboration with Kendrick Lamar indicate that she really knows her stuff. Her debut EP was shortly followed by the breakout album Til the Casket Drops, and her performance at SXSW garnered an almost unreal amount of buzz on internet blogs. Check out ZZ Ward performing Drive Like U Stole It before you see her tomorrow at Live on the Green.

Gin Wigmore 

            Gin Wigmore may claim to be a black sheep, but she has been earning the attention of professional songwriters and producers since she won the International Songwriting Competition at the age of 18. Her sound is aggressive and sultry, bluesy and distorted, and sexy as all get out. The success of her most recent album, Gravel and Wine, has landed her songs in several shows such as Grey’s Anatomy and Teen Wolf. Chances are if you turned on a TV in the past year, you’ve heard a Gin Wigmore song. Check out Gin and her band of hell raisers here.

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Live On The Green lineup



Alabama Shakes at Live On the Green!

Alabama Shakes started blowing up in Nashville right after their two night performance with Jack White at Ryman Auditorium.  After seeing Alabama Shakes, Wells Adams stated “That if  Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin had a love child, it would be Brittany Howard.”  Hope you enjoy this live version of “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes!  By the way, is their any other radio station in the country that would bring you a free show featuring Alabama Shakes?!?!?

Alabama Shakes performs “Hold On” at Live On the Green.
Filmed and edited by Make It Pop
Audio by The Record Shop

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Delta Spirit in-studio performance

We were very happy to get Delta Spirit back in Nashville to perform at Live On the Green with The Wallflowers!  Matthew Vasquez of Delta Spirit stopped by the studio to perform “Empty House” and “Tear It Up” before the show!   We also posted a video by Make It Pop from Live On the Green with Delta Spirit performing “Parade”.  Click here to check out the videos!

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Artists of the week: Eastern Block

Lightning 100 has been a fan of Eastern Block ever since they won our Music City Mayhem contest in 2011 then later went on to perform at Live On The Green.  Tune in to 100.1 FM to hear “Protecting God” by Eastern Block.  Click here to check out Eastern Block’s kickstarter campaign to help the band raise money for their upcoming LP.

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The Wallflowers free download

To celebrate the return of The Wallflowers, the band is offering a free download of “Reboot The Mission”.   Lightning 100 is proud to present The Wallflowers with Delta Spirit and The Dunwells at Live On the Green on September 13th!  Click here for info for the show.  Lightning 100 also values our listeners options, so let us know what you think of “Reboot The Mission” by The Wallflowers.

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Music City Mayhem in-studios

Congratulations to Roots for Rebellion for winning the 2012 Music City Mayhem.  Next time we see the guys they will be on stage at Live On the Green performing for thousands of fans!  We want to say a special thanks to Kansas City Bible Company, Hot Mess and Billy Swayze for being apart of the contest.


Roots of a Rebellion performing “Giving Tree”

Music City Mayhem champs, Roots of a Rebellion perform “Giving Tree” live in the studio.  Check ROAR out at Live On the Green on September 20th with MISSING CATS FEATURING JOHN “JOJO” HERMANN & SHERMAN EWING and NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS!

Filmed and Edited by Brian Waters


Moon Taxi

Song: Mercury
Album: Cabaret
Air Date: 2/6/12
Playin’ Live: Feb. 7th
Where: Grimey’s in store
When: 6pm


Los Lonely Boys performing “Rockpango” and “Fly Away”

Los Lonely Boys return to the Lightning 100 studio before they headline Live On the Green!  Check out two new songs from their recent release Rockpango.  Have you picked up the new album?  What do you think?


KS Rhoads performing “Invisible Fortress” and “When Your Prays Are Received”

Did you see KS Rhoads perform with Nashville Symphony at Live On the Green?  Before the show, KS Rhoads came into the studio and blew us away with his new song “Invisible Fortress.”

KS Rhoads later visited the studio to debut another new song “When Your Prays are Received” live int he studio!


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