For decades, people have associated Nashville with two things – country music and racing. That’s just what fans got at the opening night of the Music City Grand Prix on Friday. On that day, the gates opened at ten in the morning and gave race fans the best of both worlds. People filed in to enjoy the Family Fun Zone and to watch several different practice runs for upcoming races.
However, the crowning event of the opening night of the Music City Grand Prix was the Wesley Financial Freedom Friday Tribute Concert on the main stage. That show kicked off at 7 pm and featured some great acts from the past and present. The lineup included Motley Crue’s Vince Neil, Kansas’ John Elefante, Tyler Farr, and more. When the sun went down, things heated up with Jamey Johnson, Chase Rice, and the legendary duo Brooks & Dunn.
Highlights From the Opening Night of the Music City Grand Prix
Seven different acts played on the first night of the Music City Grand Prix and the audience ate up every moment of it. Each set was three songs and they were all backed by a band called Sixwire. They were arguably the stars of the show. They kept up with a wide range of artists all night. So, some praise has to go to them.
With that said, let’s look at some standout moments from the night.
Vince Neil Tears Up the Stage
As twilight fell over the Music City Grand Prix, the Motley Crue frontman took the stage. He played three songs from Crue’s catalog. However, the only one we have a clip from is “Wild Side.” It sounds like Vice has still got it after all these years. The fans definitely loved what he was doing. Check out the clip below to see how it went.
Jamey Johnson Worked His Wizardry
At this point, Jamey Johnson is a country legend. Songs like “In Color,” put him on the map. However, his booming voice and respect for the genre’s history combined with his songwriting prowess have made him a fan favorite. He proved that he is still at the top of his game with a short set at the Music City Grand Prix.
Check out this video of the final chorus of “In Color,” it sounds like the whole crowd is singing along. In fact, Johnson steps away from the microphone and lets the audience finish the song for him. It’s enough to give you chills, even through a screen.
Brooks & Dunn Headlined the Music City Grand Prix Concert
Brooks & Dunn are gearing up to hit the road for their Reboot Tour. They gave the Music City Grand Prix crowd a small taste of what is to come. They played a few of their hits including “Neon Moon,” and “Rock My World,” according to Taste of Country. However, it seems that no one took any video of their performance. Luckily, they posted a short clip of their soundcheck on Twitter. Check it out here.