Brad Paisley is gearing up to perform at the country’s largest Fourth Of July celebration in Nashville!
The Fourth Of July event will be the country’s largest and will feature record-breaking crowds and the biggest fireworks show in the city’s history. Ahead of his performance in Downtown Nashville on Broadway, the country superstar shared his excitement for the upcoming event and admits that he is thankful to be able to return to the stage as he was originally supposed to perform last year.
“I’m so excited about the Fourth of July in Nashville,” Paisley shared. “We were going to do it last year. But they shut everything down. And thankfully we, we kick the can down the road.”
Paisley said he is ready to “reopen this place in the biggest way possible,” and with what is “supposed to be the biggest fireworks display they’ve ever had or ever seen,” later adding, “and that’s going to be crazy. That’s right after we’re done.”
The “City Of Music” singer went on to explain that just a short time ago Lower Broadway in Nashville was a ghost town due to the ongoing global health crisis so to see thousands of people flooding the streets will be crazy and an emotional moment for him and Music City.
“You know, and, and then the idea of looking out at a street that was short time ago, a ghost town and seeing hundreds of 1000’s of people lining this place where people were not allowed to go for quite a while,” Paisley added.
The hitmaker continued, “it would be a crazy day if it was just a normal Fourth of July playing there. But the fact that you took it away for a year and a half is going to be nuts and it’s going to be emotional.”
The award-winning country singer does admit that it “would feel wrong” to pretend the past year didn’t happen, so he will not ignore that during his show. He explained that he will tribute the late Charley Pride, Joe Diffie and John Prine as well as the dark bars on Broadway.
“To go up and blindly perform without a tip of the hat to Charley Pride and Joe Diffie, John Prine — everything that happened and the empty street of Broadway,” Paisley told The Tennessean. “There’s a lot of, ‘let’s count our blessings here, folks,’ but with a beer in hand.”
He also told the outlet, “It’s going to feel both patriotic and a true Independence Day from this [pandemic].”Priscilla Block, Regi Wooten & Friends, Lilly Hiatt, DJ Robert Luke are also set to perform during the Fourth Of July festivities. Paisley will headline the event. The main stage concert kicks off on July 4th at 4 p.m. at the intersection of 1st Avenue and Broadway.
The ‘Let Freedom Sing!’ event is expected to draw thousands of fans to Lower Broadway for a night of fireworks and free music.