Moon Taxi, Lindsay Ell, Ryan Hurd, More Added To NFL Draft Performers

The NFL and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp today announced that Nashville-based alternative band Moon Taxi will kick off the 2019 NFL Draft Experience with a free performance on the Draft Main Stage on Thursday, April 25. The performance is part of the 2019 NFL Draft Experience—a free three-day football festival, held outside of Nissan Stadium. It was also announced that Lindsay Ell will open for Dierks Bentley on Saturday, April 27, and singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd will play on April 27 as St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon runners cross the finish line and join the Draft activities outside of Nissan Stadium.

Hip hop artist Mez has also been added to the Thursday lineup at the Draft Experience Stage. The critically acclaimed band Sixwire will be the first ever house band to provide entertainment between Draft selections on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26. The Tennessee State University (TSU) “The Aristocrat of Bands” marching show band will also perform during the NFL Draft Red Carpet at The Green at Riverfront Park on Thursday, April 25.

As previously announced, Grammy-winning gospel music great Cece Winans will sing the National Anthem to help open the Draft on Thursday, April 25, and country music stars Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley will serve as headliners on Friday and Saturday night, respectively.

The complete list of 2019 NFL Draft performances are included below:
Draft Main Stage on Lower Broadway
Thursday, April 25: Moon Taxi with CeCe Winans to sing the National Anthem
Friday, April 26: Tim McGraw
Saturday, April 27: Dierks Bentley with Lindsay Ell opening

NFL Draft Experience Stage
Thursday, April 25:
New North (Americana)
Striking Matches (alternative rock, pop rock and blues rock)
Mikky Ekko (alternative)

Friday, April 26:
Willie Jones (country)
Kid Politics (indie pop)
Jessy Wilson (neo soul/rock)
Charlie Worsham (country singer-songwriter)
Jonny P (soul)
Rayland Baxter (alternative)

Saturday, April 27:
Ryan Hurd (country)
Katie Schecter (rock and roll and soul)
Jason Eskridge (soul)
Three Star Revival (soul/jam/funk/Americana/rock)
Andrew Combs (indie folk)
Charles Esten (country/rock “Nashville” TV show star)

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