The last time Old Dominion headlined a concert in Nashville, the band performed on top of a tour bus. Seriously.
In May, the band held a pop-up show at Basement East the night before supporting summer concert mainstay Kenny Chesney at Nissan Stadium. Hundreds of fans who couldn’t squeeze into the East Nashville club lined the Woodland Street parking lot and the nearby sidewalk for a hopeful look at the show inside.
And fortunately for each of those potential spectators, Old Dominion delivered a one-of-a-kind moment by jumping atop the parked coach for an unprecedented impromptu performance in Nashville this summer.
“(The pop-up shows) are sort of last-minute announcements and they’re free, so people show up — about 400 or 500 too many people showed up for that one,” the frontman said. of Old Dominion, Matthew Ramsey, at the Tennessean. “It was surreal, man. It was such a cool moment.”
The view can be a little different when Old Dominion returns to Nashville next week – and this time everyone should fit in the room.
Hit band “One Man Band” headline Nashville’s annual Fourth of July celebration, Let Freedom Sing, taking place Monday night in the bustling nightlife district of Lower Broadway.
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Supporting artists for the free concert include reggae mainstay Gramps Morgan, “Think Of You” singer Cassadee Pope and rising country artist Levi Hummon.
The music kicks off around 4:30 p.m. with “The Voice” alum Wendy Moten singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The night ends with the Nashville Symphony performing at the Ascend Amphitheater alongside a fireworks display scheduled to begin around 9:30 p.m., according to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.
Old Dominion lands a headline following years of growing success that includes CMA and ACM awards, playing Nissan Stadium at CMA Fest and an expansive – and downright catchy – new pop-country album called “Time, Tequila & Therapy.” “. Still, for Ramsey, headlining the Nashville summer party feels like Old Dominion is reaching “a new level” in the band’s growing career.
“I’ve been here almost 20 years now,” Ramsey said. “Watching it grow – the city itself – but also this celebration and the fireworks and knowing how important it is to be able to say, ‘Wow, they asked us to do this?’ … It’s one of those things where it leaves us feeling surprised in our careers that got us to this point.”
When Ramsey and company take the stage on Monday night, they’ll likely be tearing up radio hits “Hotel Key,” “Make It Sweet” and “Written In Sand” (as well as fan-favorite summer anthem “I Was on a Boat That Day,” of course) for an audience that often reaches 200,000, according to organizers at the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp.
Groups of spectators often stretch from the First Avenue stage outside the Bridgestone Arena, spilling out to the steps of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the sidewalks lining the Walk of Fame Park.
Last year, attendance reached 350,000, organizers said. The concert ends with a half-hour fireworks display that launches approximately 40,000 pounds of explosives.
Those unable to attend the show in person can listen to a portion of the performance via CMT at 9 p.m. CDT.
“It’s one of the greatest shows we’ve ever been on,” Ramsey said. “It’s bigger than us. It’s bigger than our show. We try to be a part of it and not feel like the center of attention.”
And the band wants to create a performance that sounds like Independence Day by cooking up “holiday-appropriate” covers between radio hits. Knowing that not everyone who comes downtown is a fan of Old Dominion, Ramsey keeps one goal in mind for the show: to be as entertaining as possible.
“Country music and daylight saving time in America…it’s the trifecta,” Ramsey said. “We are so proud to be part of it.”
Find more information about Let Freedom Sing at visitmusiccity.com/july4th.