Eric Church will be the first artist to perform at Nashville's newest outdoor venue, Ascend Amphitheatre, on July 30th. He will play a solo set with just his guitar at the 6,800-capacity venue, which is currently being built on the west bank of the Cumberland River across from LP Field, home to the Tennessee Titans.
Other artists confirmed for the first season are Chicago with Earth Wind & Fire, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Idina Menzel, Old Crow Medicine Show, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and ZZ Top, among many others. The venue, which will be a part of Nashville's Riverfront Park, will also host outdoor concerts by the Nashville Symphony.
Nashville mayor Karl Dean revealed the news at a press conference at the nearby Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Thursday afternoon.
"Eric Church represents what’s great about Music City," Mayor Dean said. "His songs can't be confined to just one genre; he draws from country, rock and other types of music that help make the scene here in Nashville so vibrant and eclectic."
Tickets for Church's concert go on sale April 30th. This will be the second time the singer has performed without his band at a major event this year. Back in February, he played a 19-song solo acoustic set in Salt Lake City, after most members of his band and crew came down with the stomach flu.