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Local Natives show attendance breaks records for Live on the Green

The fifth annual free Live On the Green concert series is almost over and the bands from Thursday night make it easy to wish it were a weekly event.

Live On The Green opened with LuLu Mae, a folk-rock family band from Nashville, singing songs from its 2012 album, “The Mockingbird and the Dogwood Tree.”

The music ranged from mellow folk music to edgy rock songs that proved to work well for the family-oriented group. LuLu Mao also gave an upbeat special rendition of its newest and unreleased song, “Memphis Woman” at the end of its performance.

“LuLu Mea was super upbeat and the atmosphere was great,” said Davis Camp, 19 a social entrepreneurship major who ate dinner while listening to the tunes. “I loved being able to have a picnic while the weather cooled down.”

As the crowd rolled, Leagues took to the stage. The Nashville-based band performed songs from its debut album “You Belong Here” including songs such as “Friendly Fire,” “Walking Backwards” and “Spotlight.” The trio performed smooth and easy music to upbeat get-on-your-feet songs to get the crown going.

People rose to their feet as the main performers of the night stepped on stage. There was a collective step forward as Local Natives got ready to perform songs from its 2013 album, “Hummingbird.”

About 15,000 people, a record number, according to the concert announcers, reveled by dancing and singing to the Los Angeles-based band.

“Local Natives are fabulous. The vibe from the crowd is awesome and it’s awesome to be a part of the biggest Live On The Green,” said Maggie Kinnucan, 19, a social entrepreneurship major.

Local Natives didn’t disappoint as the band performed “Ceilings,” “Black Balloons,” “Three Months” and other songs from its album.

The fifth annual Live On the Green concert has one more performance before closing down until next year.

The final performance on Sept. 12, will feature The Wild Feathers, The Weeks and Moon Taxi.

The Wild Feathers, a country-rock band from Nashville, will be performing songs from its debut and self-titled 2013 album.

The second band next week is The Weeks, an indie-rock band from Jackson, Miss. The band will be performing songs from its 2013 album, “Dear Bo Jackson.”

For the fifth year in a row, Moon Taxi, a Nashville-based indie-progressive rock band, will be performing at Live On The Green. The band will feature songs from its third album, “Running Wild.”

The concert is at Public Square Park, 1 Public Square and starts around 6 p.m. Show up early for cheap parking and concessions from local food trucks.

For more information on the free concert check out the website:

-Sam Denlinger

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