The third installment of 2018’s Live on the Green free concert series took attendees back to the farm and radiated positivity with performances by Bonnaroo alums Trampled by Turtles and Rainbow Kitten Surprise Thursday night in Nashville.
Parquet Courts took the stage and played hard. Songs including “Dust” and “Almost Had to Start a Fight” were performed with a raw force exuding from their guitars while the wailing on the drum kit highlighted their punk rock influence.
As the sun went down, the weather was cool and made for a perfect night of enjoying the free musical entertainment to the backdrop of the Nashville skyline. Bonnaroo shirts could be seen throughout the diverse crowd which also included children and pets.
As Rainbow Kitten Surprise began to play, the energy was buzzing. Lead singer Sam Melo oozed emotion as he danced across the stage. Rainbow Kitten Surprise truly gave the audience an unparalleled performance. “Cold Love” was emotionally charged and left a lasting impression on the audience.
Trampled by Turtles ended the evening with a talented, masterful set of bluegrass and folk-rock songs. The precision of their musical skills is even more impressive during a live show.
One of their most popular songs, “Alone,” and the fast-paced “Wait So Long” were some of the highlights, as well as the light, carefree Bonnaroo-esque mood in the park itself.
The next Live on the Green is Thursday, Aug. 30 with Dr. Dog and Roots of a Rebellion. Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1 will continue with two days of music including Jimmy Eat World, X Ambassadors, Matt and Kim, The Foxies, and others. This event is free and welcomes children and pets. It’s held at Public Square Park in Nashville. Visit their website for more details.