IN PHOTOS: Live on the Green makes its return to Public Square Park

For the first time in three years, Live on the Green was held in person in Nashville’s Public Square Park.

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Miguel Beristain

Crowd surfing at Live on the Green Sunday night, captured September 4, 2022. (Hustler Multimedia/Miguel Beristain)

Live on the Green has been a long-standing tradition for Nashvillians. The free festival brings in thousands of visitors and dozens of outstanding acts. Live on the Green hasn’t happened in person since 2019, but it triumphantly returned this past weekend. Attendees from all walks of life came together to celebrate five days of live music and community. 

On Sept. 2, Colony House performed their 2014 hit single “Silhouettes.” It was the No. 1 played track on Sirius XM for four months straight in August of 2014. They later sang “You Know It” and “You & I” from their album Only The Lonely. The garage rock, indie pop band kept the crowd riding high until they performed their last heartwarming song about a passed loved one. 

Joining the stage next was Trevor Terndrup, the lead singer of Moon Taxi. Burrito in hand,  Terndrup introduced the band with their opener “Let the Record Play.” As the crowd bounced with excitement, Moon Taxi continued the night with hits such as “Good as Gold” and “Made Your Mind Up].” 

Devon Gilfillian kicked off Sunday’s finale performance on the Main Stage by playing a variety of his songs, including some that have not yet been released. Toward the end of his set, he brought on two guest vocalists who sang on Marvin Gaye’s legendary “What’s Going On” album. These two sang with him on a few of his songs that were inspired by Marvin Gaye, as well as some covers of popular Marvin Gaye songs.

Closing the 615 Stage for the night was The Criticals’ electric performance. They played their own hits such as “Treat Ya Better,” “Absinthe” and “United States of Chemicals.” During their cover of The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” lead singer Parker Forbes jumped into the crowd and sang sitting on the railing to the audience and later moshed with the crowd to begin their cover of The Strokes’ “Last Nite,” a nod to one of the band’s influences. To close their set, Forbes and Cole Shugart, the band’s founding guitarist, thanked the crowd, the festival and Nashville for allowing them to perform in the heart of their hometown.

COIN took the Main Stage to close out the last night of the concert on Sunday. The band members are Belmont University alumni, so, unsurprisingly, when lead singer Chase Lawrence shouted “Go Bruins,” the crowd roared. Lawrence opened the set with “Learning.” and then they moved through fan favorites such as “Chapstick,” “Cutie,” and “Valentine.” 

COIN combined a spectacular light show with a great stage presence. They took the crowd into the palm of their hands as everyone poured their hearts into singing “Let it all Out.” Quickly jumping back into more energetic music, they wrapped their set with two of their most popular songs, “Talk Too Much” and “Crash My Car.” Following their last song, in between bites of blueberries, Chase and the others thanked the crowd for having them and thanked Nashville for always being their home no matter how long they are away.