Blake Shelton Plays Free Show for 10,000 On Music Row
September 24, 2015 at 7:06 AM (PT)
WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE’s BLAKE SHELTON provided a super-sized exclamation point for the label’s final edition of its “PICKIN’ ON THE PATIO” SUMMER series YESTERDAY (9/23), with a live, full band show on WMN’s roundabout (NET NEWS 9/18). The free show featuring complimentary beer and an array of food trucks was attended by an estimated 10,000 people, a crowd which included fans from both the industry and the public, overflowing across two blocks on and around 16th Avenue.
On a first day of FALL that still felt SUMMER-like, with near-90 degree temperatures, SHELTON treated concert-goers to a steady stream of hits chronicling his career, most of which will be part of his upcoming compilation package, “Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits,” set for release on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23rd. Early into the show, SHELTON recalled first arriving in NASHVILLE 21 years ago and hoping just one label along the city’s famed MUSIC ROW would simply let him in the door. While marveling at the size of the crowd that showed up and which required several streets along the ROW to be shut down, SHELTON then said, “All those other labels who wouldn’t let me in can now kiss my ass.”
During an industry reception prior to the show, SHELTON said he was happy to be back in NASHVILLE, after spending much of the past four years in LOS ANGELES while serving as a judge for NBC-TV’s mega-hit show, “The Voice.” In addition to music, beer and food trucks, commemorative event shirts were available for sale, with proceeds benefiting WMN's "FOR THE LINDS FUND" dedicated to wiping out cancer, and named for former WMN Dir./Regional Promotion LINDSAY WALLEMAN who lost her battle with cancer two years ago (NET NEWS 4/9/2013).