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Nashville's Live on the Green rocks

Live on the Green a free concert celebrating of Nashville’s passion for its music and community. What started out 5 years ago as a platform for Nashville's emerging musical talent and highlighting well-known national acts. The event is committed to being Nashville's premier environmentally-friendly music festival. This week showcases a couple of well-known rock artists.

Cage The Elephant the heralded as saviors of slacker funk-punk take the stage on Thursday night. The band has had great success in the Rock world. Beginning back in 2009 with their hit "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked." The Bowling Green, KY band consisting of Matt Shultz-Vocals, Brad Shultz- Guitar, Lincoln Parish- Guitar, Daniel Tichenor-Bass and Jared Champion- Drums recently released their 3rd studio album "Melophobia" produced by longtime producer Jay Joyce at the St. Charles Studio in Nashville. Melophobia follows Thank You, Happy Birthday, the album’s single, “Shake Me Down,” spent six weeks at No. 1 on Alternative radio. Playing live shows that blow you away is what Cage The Elephant does well.

Tickets for their shows usually sell out rather quickly and you can expect a large amount of attendees for this show.Get there early and check out Johnnyswim and Delta Spirit. Festival opens at 5:00 and Cage The Elephant is on at 9:15.

Friday night boasts one of the best bands you will ever see, G. Love & Special Sauce. Though the band does not close out the night this is the band you will not want to miss. Billed as an alternative hip-hop band this Philadelphia band has built a cult reputation and after attending their concert you will be hooked on the Sauce. Garrett Dutton is G. Love the charasmatic front man/guitarist. Houseman the drummer is Jeffrey Clemens and Jimi Jazz the string bass player extrodinaire is Jim Prescott.

Formed way back in 1993 in Boston, the band had thier first taste of commercial success in 1994 with the MTV hit "Cold Beverage". Eventually landing them a spot on the now defunk H.O.R.D.E. festival. The band also hit it big with their "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing" version which landed them the launch of Coke Zero. They were also the house band for the Comedy Central show "Turn Ben Stein On" from 1999-2001. Their 20th Anniversary album "Sugar" is out now, “The goal for the album was to make it really raw and immediate, with live takes and live vocals and everybody playing so that it all comes together in that intangible way,” says G. Love. “That’s what our music is all about.”

Festival gates open at 4:00 on Friday. G.Love takes the stage at 7:45 and is joined by Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Augustana and The Wild Flowers close the show.