We always enjoy it when music streaming giant, Pandora, hosts special music events in town. Last week’s Back Roads was no exception!
In celebration of Pandora’s newest country station, Back Roads, Pandora hosted another of their semi-annual invitation-only events at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works, which is part of a hip historic entertainment complex located near downtown that was converted from an old car factory in the early 1900’s.
Attendees enjoyed an American favorite of loaded hot dogs and potato chips provided by Ballpark. Samples of the tasty alchoholic beverage, Twisted Tea, which is sure to become a southern favorite with its spin on sweet tea.
Before the show began, everyone was able to enjoy a fun scavenger hunt-style game to find sponsors, get their game cards punched, gather a fun keepsake from each sponsor, and once found all of them, collect a bigger keepsake from the evening. This is always such a hit and I am glad they keep this trend going.
Another norm for Pandora events is their highly-creative approach to event space decor and photobooths scattered around the venue. We especially loved the cool air coming out of the ceiling where you could see words formed within the cool air and smoke coming out. So cool looking AND feeling!
The night began with a great performance from Warner Music’s Morgan Evans who performed a solo set, but with his foot peddles, the Australian-born performer was able to make it sound like a full band. Always amazes us how some artists can create that feat with just their feet!
Big Machine’s country songstress Carly Pearce performed next with a stirring full band set including her first number one hit, “Every Little Thing”.
Closing out the evening was country superstar Brad Paisley, who graciously stepped in to fill the spot last minute when Lady Antebellum had to cancel unexpectedly due to unforeseen circumstances. We have to admit we were a little disappointed to not get to see Lady A do their thing since we have been big fans of their music since they first started. However, Brad Paisley did a fantastic job of entertaining the stand room only crowd with his more traditional brand of country music and humor. He was an added delight to an already stellar line-up.
Thanks so much to Pandora for having us out!