Music City just isn't the same without the music, and let's face it - the music has been pretty dead lately. Due to the shutdowns and restrictions put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the once-bustling Nashville music scene has fallen deathly silent.
But an unlikely source is changing that this weekend.
Daddy's Dogs in The Nations is hosting a series of drive-in concerts in their parking lot, featuring a bevy of talented local musicians like Cassadee Pope, Kris Allen, Tony Lucca, and more.
The series started last night with a rain delay, but got going to a "sold out" crowd of about 40 cars in the parking lot.
If you aren't familiar with Daddy's Dogs by name, you might recognize Sean "Big Daddy" Porter from a night out on Broadway, when you inevitably stopped after a few drinks and grabbed a hot dog off of his mobile cart. Or perhaps you know him from his 13 years on the road with acts like Cage the Elephant, Lifehouse, and Elle King.
Porter and his staff set up a full stage on top of a huge storage container located outside the restaurant, and worked with the Mayor's office and the Nashville Coronavirus Task Force to provide a safe but entertaining venue for all attendees, who sit in their car and listen to the show over an FM frequency.
The shows this weekend will be livestreamed on the restaurant's Facebook page, and they're encouraging viewers to make a donation to MusiCARES, the charity arm of the Recording Academy that is currently helping musicians, production, and crew that have been put out of work by the pandemic.
And if you want to be there in person? Well, you'll need a ticket. The shows are free, but only a limited number of parking spaces are available. You can fill out the form here for your chance to be invited to one of this weekend's shows. The shows start at 8pm, and the full lineup can be found on the official Daddy's Dogs website.
Live music LIVES ON!!