Keith Urban is slated to headline Nashville’s free Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. announced Thursday that Urban will lead an all-star, multigenre lineup that includes rock band Styx, popular for songs “Come Sail Away” and “Mr. Roboto”; indie-progressive band Moon Taxi; country up-and-comers A Thousand Horses; and Charlie Worsham, along with the Fisk Jubilee Singers.
“I actually love playing on New Year's Eve — I’ve done it most of my life,” said Urban, nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the 50th CMA Awards. “So when they invited me to ring in 2017 here in my hometown, it was an immediate yes. I’ve lived here now for 24 years, so I know how Nashvillians know how to throw a party, and every year this one just gets bigger and bigger — so we'll be bringin’ it.”
This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration will move to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, 600 James Robertson Parkway, for enhanced security and to accommodate growth. The event was previously held on Lower Broadway and last year drew 150,000 attendees and generated $22.2 million in direct visitor spending. The performance is Urban's second free show downtown this year. He played an hourlong lunchtime set in front of Bridgestone Arena in May. Urban will headline Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 11. The show is sold out.
Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve will begin about 6 p.m. (cst) with the raising of the music note by Mayor Megan Barry and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. After a performance from the Jubilee Singers, the lineup continues with Worsham, Moon Taxi, A Thousand Horses, Styx and Urban.
“I’m still gonna be with my buddies, I’m still gonna enjoy a drink. The only difference is we get to be the loudest folks at the party,” Worsham said. “And I get to go see Keith Urban perform live. I’m so excited about the entire lineup. … I love that it’s such a Nashville’s New Year’s Eve when you go from gospel to Styx to Keith Urban. I’m just getting paid to do what I love.”
Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve is free and open to the public.
The 50th CMA Awards are set for 8 p.m. Nov. 2 at Bridgestone Arena and will air live on ABC.