Ep.373 – Nashville Rising Benefit @ Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

Chrystal Jun 29th, 2010 | By
Category: Nashville, Nashville Rising - Flood Benefit, Video Concert Reviews

Take a look at the A-List bill that performed this benefit…

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Billy Ray Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
Montgomery Gentry
Amy Grant
Faith Hill
Toby Keith
Miranda Lambert
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Martina McBride
Tim McGraw
LeAnn Rimes
Julie Roberts
Blake Shelton
Michael W. Smith
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
ZZ Top

There have been benefit shows galore throughout the city since the flooding, but this seemed to be the BIG one. Affordable tickets were sold out, and I wasn’t about to pay over face value to a scalper. Yes, believe it or not, some scalpers bought benefit tickets to make a profit. Read this article

A nice guy named Greg hooked me up half price on a ticket he wasn’t going to use, so that was almost like doubling up on his charitable action. After a little “turbulence” with seating arrangements…(turns out Greg broke up with his girlfriend recently) and his group of friends, including the ex-girlfriend, were thrown off when I showed up holding his ticket. SURPRISE!

Anyway, things worked out and I saw a few acts from the balcony. One of which was the most touching performance of the night (for me anyway); Amy Grant, specifically, the song “Better than a Hallelujah.”  The chorus:

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah

After LeAnn Rimes, I got restless and hunted out a new spot. I asked a woman leaving the venue if I could have her stub, and she gave it up with a smile. The seat was perfect, and close!

The show moved at a quick pace as all of the artists were accompanied by one band (Tim McGraw’s) and played one or two hits (or a medley). The only issue I noticed was that Toby Keith’s microphone was off during his first few measures. Once the mic kicked in, they started up again, like nothing happened. From the hollers and grins, it seemed that the 15,000 or so that came out (many from outside of Nashville) enjoyed themselves, and left feeling good about their contribution.

Way to go Tim & Faith!

My Highlights:

ZZ Top – I love how ironically dapper they are. 

Miley Cyrus performing “The Climb” – She’s so “heehollywood!”

Sandra Bullock introducing Faith Hill

Tim McGraw closing with Live Like You Were Dying :*)  (happy tear)

A Section of the Sharpie Autograph Wall

Last I heard, the benefit raised over two million dollars for flood relief efforts! The Sharpie autograph wall was a great idea. The wall was set up in the lobby, and for each signature, Sharpie donated $1 (up to $10,000).

It was a lovely evening, and it’s amazing to hear the totals that these events are bringing in. Everyone is putting in what they can to help. We have some seriously generous people in this country.

ZZ Top – Sharp Dressed Man

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