Nashville to add music to the 2019 NFL draft

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

The 2019 NFL draft is this week in Nashville, TN. When this was first announced, it was a bit hard for me to reconcile Nashville, Music City, with the hard-grinding men of the NFL.

Well, they’ve gone and one it – added music to the list of draft festivities, giving visitors a multitude of options on how to spend time waiting for their team to make a pick!

Here’s all the information from the press release that you’ll need if you are making the trip!

The NFL and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced that MOON TAXI, an indie-alternative rock band founded and based in Nashville, will kick off the 2019 NFL Draft Experience with a free performance on the Draft Main Stage on Thursday, April 25.

The performance is part of the 2019 NFL Draft Experience – a free three-day football festival, held outside of Nissan Stadium, that will feature a variety of activities for fans of all ages.

The artists announced are part of the lineup of more than 20 Nashville-based acts representing diverse genres of music that will perform during the three days of free activities at the NFL Draft Experience Presented by Oikos® Triple Zero.

They include country music singer-songwriter LINDSAY ELL, who will open for Dierks Bentley on Saturday, April 27. Country singer-songwriter RYAN HURD will play on April 27 as St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville® Marathon & ½ Marathon runners cross the finish line and join the Draft activities outside of Nissan Stadium.

Hip hop artist MEZ has also been added to the Thursday lineup at the Draft Experience Stage. The critically acclaimed band SIXWIRE will be the first ever house band to provide entertainment between Draft selections on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26.

The Tennessee State University (TSU) “The Aristocrat of Bands” marching show band will also perform during the NFL Draft Red Carpet at The Green at Riverfront Park on Thursday, April 25. GRAMMY-winning gospel music great CECE WINANS will sing the National Anthem to help open the Draft on Thursday, April 25.

The 2019 NFL Draft will feature a free concert each night with headlining performances on the Draft Main Stage by GRAMMY-winner TIM MCGRAW on Friday, April 26, and multi-platinum singer/songwriter DIERKS BENTLEY on Saturday, April 27, as previously announced.

In addition to the concert series, Downtown Nashville’s Lower Broadway and the area outside Nissan Stadium will host free public activities during the three days of the 2019 NFL Draft for all fans.

These exciting events include autograph signings with current NFL players and NFL Legends, interactive games, Play Football clinics, and Look Like a Pro where fans can have their picture taken with a Draft day jersey of their favorite NFL team.

The complete list of 2019 NFL Draft performances are included below.


Draft Main Stage on Lower Broadway

Thursday, April 25: Moon Taxi with CeCe Winans to sing the National Anthem

Friday, April 26: Tim McGraw

Saturday, April 27: Dierks Bentley with Lindsay Ell opening


NFL Draft Experience Stage

Thursday, April 25:

New North (Americana)

Striking Matches (alternative rock, pop rock and blues rock)


Mikky Ekko (alternative)


Friday, April 26:

Willie Jones (country)

Kid Politics (indie pop)

Jessy Wilson (neo soul/rock)

Charlie Worsham (country singer-songwriter)

Jonny P (soul)

Rayland Baxter (alternative)


Saturday, April 27:

Ryan Hurd (country)

Katie Schecter (rock and roll and soul)

Jason Eskridge (soul)

Three Star Revival (soul/jam/funk/Americana/rock)

Andrew Combs (indie folk)

Charles Esten (country/rock “Nashville” TV show star)


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