|Nashville’s Live on the Green concert series kicked off Thursday, Sept. 6 with a lineup consisting of New Orleans’ favorites Dr. John and Jon Cleary with Nashville-based Moon Taxi.
The free event, located on Public Square Park in Nashville, takes place every Thursday night through Oct. 11 and boasts an impressive lineup for this season.
If you’re new to the LOTG scene then you should know about it for two reasons:
1. There are great artists performing, and
2. You get to see them for free.
On this occasion last week, Cleary opened up the night with a mix of songs from his latest album, Occapella, along with other Nawlins standards. He also rejoined Dr. John later in the evening as part of his backing band.
After Cleary, the hometown favorites, Moon Taxi, were ready to go with a tight crowd that had trickled in early for the night. Playing off Cabaret, the group diced through cuts like “Mercury,” “Square Circles” and “Whiskey Sunsets” along with a cover of “Everybody Wants to Rule The World.” Moon Taxi is exciting to watch in a live setting, as they are a nice rock mix that finds time to get away from structure to explore the sound space as well.
When the appropriate hour was near, it was time for none other than the Night Tripper himself, Dr. John. Decked in slick shoes, a purple suit and cane adorned with feathers, the man screams legendary status and still proves to be one of the greatest ambassadors of the Crescent City.
Dr. John found time to keep the crowd moving with staples such as “Iko Iko,” “I Walk on Guilded Splinters,” and of course “Right Place, Wrong Time.”
He also performed several cuts off the Dan Auerbach-produced album, Locked Down, before closing with an encore of “Such a Night.”
In the coming weeks, groups such as Alabama Shakes, North Mississippi Allstars, Trampled by Turtles and Here Come the Mummies will perform among many more.
Tonight, The Wallflowers, Delta Spirit and The Dunwells are part of a bill that coincides with the Americana Music Association festival.
For more information on LOTG, visit their website at liveonthegreen.net.