By ANGIE CARNATHAN
Starkville’s very own Nash Street, along with several other Mississippi musicians, will play a show in Nashville, Tenn. on Dec. 29 to welcome visitors in town for the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Mississippi State University will face Wake Forest University in the bowl game the next day.
The Listening Room Cafe, located at 209 10th Avenue South Suite 200, will host the event from 6-11 p.m. Artists performing include Jordyn Mallory of Okolona, John Milstead of Tupelo, Lindsey Lee of Hattiesburg, Madison and Michael Hardy, both of Philadelphia, Zack Logan of Newton and Nash Street.
Nash Street’s Caroline and Hannah Melby said they are very happy for the opportunity to perform for some familiar faces.
“We love Nashville, but Starkville will always be our home,” Caroline Melby said. “We’re just so excited for the chance to play at The Listening Room for all of our friends, family and fellow Bulldogs who are in town for the game.”
Nash Street members said they have been rehearsing in preparation for the upcoming performance.
“It will be so much fun for us to get the chance to show everyone what we’ve been up to in Nashville,” said Hannah Melby. “We just want to make Starkville proud and give them a great show on the 29th.”
Madison Hardy said she moved to Nashville four and a half years ago and has been playing shows in Nashville since then. Her brother, Michael, has lived in the Nashville area for about two and a half years, and has been writing and performing for the past year.
“I am a huge Mississippi State football fan, and after our huge win against Ole Miss made us bowl eligible and neither UT nor Kentucky were going to be bowl eligible this year, speculation started circling around that the Dawgs may be headed to the Music City Bowl,” Madison Hardy said. “I got to thinking about how every time people from Mississippi that I know come into town, they always ask if Michael or I are playing a show while they’re in town. Then, I considered that if Mississippi State were indeed to play in the Music City Bowl, droves of hometown folks would be headed to Nashville for the game. I thought, ‘Why not put together a show of Mississippi artists now living in Nashville so that all our Mississippi family and friends can see us play while they’re in town?’ And the ball started rolling from there.”
Madison Hardy said having a big showing of hometown fans would mean a great deal to all of the artists, who are all friends and support each other in Nashville.
“It would mean the absolute world to me to have a crowd of familiar faces at our show,” Madison Hardy said. “With each of us now living in Nashville, it is extremely exciting for us to be able to play for Mississippi folks in our new hometown.”
According to a release, some of these artists have had the opportunity to open for and work with major recording artists like Brad Paisley, Miley Cyrus and Sister Hazel. Each a native of Mississippi, these artists are all now living in Nashville to pursue a career in music.
The Bulldogs are making their first appearance in the Music City Bowl. The show is free and open to all ages.
The night begins at 6 p.m. with a mixer. At 7 p.m., Jordyn Mallory, John Milstead and Lindsey Lee perform, followed by Michael Hardy, Madison Hardy and Zack Logan beginning at 8:30 p.m. Nash Street is scheduled to take the stage at 10 p.m.
For more information about The Listening Room, please call 615-259-3600.