Grammy-winning artist Sheryl Crow tops the list of performers who will take the stage at an outdoor concert to celebrate the grand opening of the Music City Center on May 20.
With Crow, a Nashville resident, as the headliner, the free outdoor concert will also include performances from The Time Jumpers — a Grammy-nominated bluegrass group featuring Vince Gill — as well as the Grammy-nominated Fisk Jubilee Singers and singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko.
“The opening of the Music City Center is an important milestone in the city’s history, and I am honored to have been asked to perform,” Crow said in a release from Mayor Karl Dean’s office Monday morning. “Nashville is home to some of the world's best musicians and songwriters, and that creativity is one of the many reasons why I live here.”
The concert will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., as part of a two-day celebration starting on Sunday, May 19. The festivities, which will include an open house, are open to the public.
“I can’t think of a more fitting way to open the Music City Center than with a diverse lineup of great music representing the best of what Music City has to offer,” Dean said, in a prepared statement.
Dean will give his annual State of Metro address at the Music City Center at 10 a.m. on May 20.
The event is being organized by the mayor’s office, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. and the Nashville Convention Center Authority. When the grand opening was announced last month, the mayor’s office said that a budget was still being worked out but that the costs of the event would “be covered by excess revenue from the same tourism taxes and fees that are being used to pay for the building.”