The event will use live and pre-recorded performances from numerous Nashville venues including the Ryman Auditorium, Bluebird Cafe, Acme Feed and Seed, and Dino’s. Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Keb’ Mo’, Rosanne Cash, Katie Pruitt, Devon Gilfillian, Widespread Panic’s John “JoJo” Hermann, and more will take part in the event, while radio personality Justin Hammel and television host Kathie Lee Gifford will host.
Through the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief Project, Spotify will match all donations to Music Health Alliance dollar for dollar, up to a collective total of $10 million.
Keep The Music Playing will air on acmeradiolive.com as well as facebook and youtube channels at 5 p.m. CT on June 17. Beginning today (June 10) donations can be made at musichealthalliance.com.
“When COVID-19 really started ramping up and it became obvious to us that a lot of the events and plans we’d made for the summer would have to be canceled, our team hopped on a call to immediately start problem-solving,” says Acme’s Director of Marketing, Tricia Higbee. “As disappointed as we were, what was really bothering us the most was being unable to provide that platform for all the amazing artists and personalities that go into making our events what they are. We didn’t want to take away that opportunity from voices who need to be heard, so we quickly decided to pivot.” Utilizing Acme Radio Live’s already up-and-running in-house production team to create world-class content for the event, Keep The Music Playing presented itself as the natural solution for the conundrum at hand. “Our mission with this event is simple, raise as much money as possible for the Music Health Alliance while also offering people around the world a glimpse inside Nashville, if only through a screen, to show how we’re physically distancing, but socially joining together to keep the music playing in Music City.”
A full list of performers and/or guests is below:
Charles Wigg Walker
Donna the Buffalo
Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires
John “JoJo” Hermann
Kenny Vaughan, Dave Roe, & Pete Abbott
Mike Keith (Voice of the Tennessee Titans)
Pete Weber & Terry Crisp (Nashville Predators)
Sean Henry (Nashville Predators CEO & president)
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