— Celebrating 20 Years Running in Nashville, the 2019 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon to include 32 NFL themed band stages on-course as well as special performances during race weekend at the Health & Fitness Expo located in the Nashville Music City Center —
— More Than 60 Music Acts, From Country, Rock, Pop, Americana, Blues and More, to Perform throughout the weekend —
TAMPA, Fla. / NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 21, 2019) – The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, NFL and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. announced today Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley will headline a free concert on Saturday, April 27 as part of the 2019 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll® Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon and 2019 NFL Draft on the Draft Main Stage in downtown Nashville.
Bentley has earned billions of digital streams and countless nominations from the Academy of Country Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and more. He has been nominated for 13 GRAMMY awards – including at least one stemming from each of his last six albums. Bentley is on his 2019 BURNING MAN TOUR, which included a sold-out stop on Friday, Feb. 22 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
“This year’s St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon and NFL Draft festivities are going to be memorable as we celebrate 20 years in Nashville and the NFL celebrates 100 years,” said Keats McGonigal, Senior Regional Director for Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “We are excited to work closely with the NFL and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. to engage our runners in the numerous events and concerts coinciding with our race and the 2019 NFL Draft. This is especially true on Saturday night with Dierks Bentley, which gives our runners an exciting headliner to celebrate the conclusion of our race in Music City.”
The concert will take place following the days selections on the Draft Main Stage which is located on First and Broadway in downtown Nashville. The designated viewing areas will be from Second to Fifth on Lower Broadway and Music City Walk of Fame Park. Throughout the site, there will be food trucks, beer, soft drinks and water, as well as video screens.
Music and running are woven throughout the fabric of the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon and in Celebrating 20 years of Running in Nashville, the best in class event will showcase some of the finest singer/songwriters throughout race weekend. Special performances will take place at the free and open to the public Health & Fitness Expo. Runners and general public will then enjoy 32 NFL-themed stages on race day throughout the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon course.
The artists and their performance schedule are listed below.
Janelle Arthur – Janelle Arthur is a Nashville recording artist, songwriter, film star, and repeated guest of the Grand Ole Opry. Her current single “Runnin’ From My Roots” is available on all digital music platforms; the accompanying video is currently NUMBER 1 on CMT’s Music 12-Pack and has held that position for three weeks!
Jillian Cardarelli – Jillian Cardarelli is a singer/songwriter originally from Boston, Mass. who is forging her own path in country music with her debut single “Rerun” and her second single, “Souvenirs,” which aired on Radio Disney Country while the music video spent eight weeks in the Top 10 videos online on CMT. Her stunning vocals, captivating songwriting and girl-next-door quality have put her on top of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know. She is currently working on her debut album, which is certain to resonate with a wide variety of music lovers.
Erin Kinsey – It’s very rare in today’s music industry to come across a young talent with the same love, passion, and tenacity for music as displayed by country singer-songwriter Erin Kinsey. This Rockwall, Texas native began singing and playing guitar at the age of 11 and has been wowing audiences in Texas and Nashville ever since with her booming voice, skillful multi-instrumental abilities, and gifted songwriting.
Jessica Meuse – Meuse is an American performer from Slapout, Alabama. She has wowed audiences since the age of 10 and plays several instruments (guitar, piano, and classical violin). Meuse appeared both on Season 3 of The Voice and Season 13 of American Idol where she finished in the top 4. Meuse recently released her first full-length album “Halfhearted”. Shortly after its release, the album hit Top 10 on iTunes Country Albums and its songs have amassed millions of streams.
Golden West – The Golden West duo exemplifies the California sound – a wide open, melodious approach buoyed by the pair’s pristine and airtight harmonies. Even though Golden West is a country band, their musical capabilities don’t limit them to just one genre as both Nash and Brittany have shown the ability to write music in any style. This is showcased through their new blend of country music that is fun, bright, energetic and the California sun bottled up in a case of Country Music.
Tom Yankton – Arkansas native & former Rascal Flatts band member Tom Yankton is a musician, singer, songwriter, and entertainer who plays a variety of instruments including guitar, keyboards, harmonica, and pedal steel guitar. After working with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members along with many others, Yankton is now bringing his own brand of music to the live stage, wowing audiences everywhere they go with a fun, high-energy mashup of popular musical styles and sounds.
|2019 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon &½ Marathon Performance Schedule|
|THURSDAY, APRIL 25|
|Erin Kinsey||1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||Health & Fitness Expo @ Nashville Music City Center|
|Janelle Arthur||5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.||Health & Fitness Expo @ Nashville Music City Center|
|Tom Yankton||3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Health & Fitness Expo @ Nashville Music City Center|
|FRIDAY, APRIL 26|
|Jillian Cardarelli||10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.||Health & Fitness Expo @ Nashville Music City Center|
|Erin Kinsey||12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||Health & Fitness Expo @ Nashville Music City Center|
|Golden West||2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.||Health & Fitness Expo @ Nashville Music City Center|
|Tom Yankton||4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.||Health & Fitness Expo @ Nashville Music City Center|
|Janelle Arthur||5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.||Health & Fitness Expo @ Nashville Music City Center|
|Tim McGraw||Immediately following NFL Draft selection||Draft Main Stage – First and Broadway|
|SATURDAY, APRIL 27|
|Erin Kinsey||6:45 a.m.||5K presented by Brooks National Anthem Singer|
|Jessica Meuse||7:15 a.m.||Marathon and 1/2 Marathon National Anthem Singer|
|Dierks Bentley||Immediately following NFL Draft selection||Draft Main Stage – First and Broadway|
|SUNDAY, APRIL 28|
|Tom Yankton||11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
|Erin Kinsey||12:00 p.m.||1-mile National Anthem Singer|
In addition, more than 20 Nashville-based acts representing different genres of music will perform during the three days of activities on the NFL Draft Experience Stage, a free admission festival held around Nissan Stadium. They include country/rock “Nashville” TV show star Chip Esten, alternative country/Americana artist Rayland Baxter, pop and indie rock artist Mikky Ekko, and country singer-songwriter Charlie Worsham.
2019 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon Event Week
Event week for the 2019 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon kicks off with a free and open to the public Health & Fitness Expo at the Nashville Music City Center on Thursday, April 25 and continues into Friday, April 26. All race participants will visit the expo to pick up their race numbers and browse over 100 exhibitors featuring free samples, the latest in running gear and sports apparel, as well as a series of interactive clinics.
On Saturday, April 27, runners will take to the Nashville streets with the 5K presented by Brooks at 6:45 a.m. followed by the marathon and half marathon at 7:15 a.m. The weekend events conclude on Sunday afternoon first with a one-mile race starting at 12:00 p.m. where participants can earn a third, bonus medal for taking on the Remix Challenge™ – two days of running over the weekend.
Then beginning at 1 p.m. more than 2,500 junior racers in grades K-7 will have their chance to complete the final mile of their modified marathon challenge during the KiDS ROCK™ Nashville, presented by the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. Finally, the dogs will take to the course at 1:30 p.m. in the first ever half-mile Doggie Dash at Nissan Stadium.
In addition to all the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon activities throughout the weekend, participants, family and friends alike will also be able to partake in the NFL Draft Experience. The three-day football festival held outside Nissan Stadium will represent the largest festival footprint ever created by the NFL. Runners can participate in interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more. Admission for the event is free. Those planning to enjoy the many available activities and wishing to follow the action at NFL Draft 2019 should download the Fan Mobile Pass app which will be available early/mid-April. More info can be found at NFL.com/FanMobilePass.
NFL Draft Experience hours of operation:
- April 25 (Thursday): 12PM to 10PM
- April 26 (Friday): 12PM to 10PM
- April 27 (Saturday): 9AM to 6PM
For more information on the NFL Draft, please visit nflonlocation.com/nfldraft. For more information on the event, visit runrocknroll.com and follow St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon on Twitter @RunRocknRoll with hashtag #RnRNashville. Media may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pegged as “one of Country music’s most enviable brands, equal parts affability and authenticity” (Forbes), Bentley continues to be a dominant voice for the genre with over 8.6 billion overall digital streams. Reaching a new creative high while “making music designed to challenge” (New York Times), Bentley co-wrote 10 of his current album THE MOUNTAIN’s (Capitol Records Nashville) 13 tracks, which earned him the highest debut sales of his career and became his seventh chart-topping album. Critics continue to applaud “one of the most joyful, brazen, and cohesive collections of his career” (Entertainment Weekly), as it was featured as one of “2018 Best Albums” by Esquire, USA Today, Rolling Stone, The Tennessean, and more. It was also was one of the only Country albums on Billboard’s all-genre year-end list. THE MOUNTAIN garnered multiple nominations, including “Album of the Year” nods from the ACM and CMAs and has been streamed more than 245 million times. Bentley has amassed 18 career number ones, billions of digital streams, countless nominations from the ACMs, Billboard Music Awards and more, while earning 13 GRAMMY nominations – including at least one stemming from each of his last six albums. Bentley will make notable stops throughout the country on his 2019 BURNING MAN TOUR sponsored by 5-hour ENERGY®, with special guests Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and the Hot Country Knights, including his return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena after making a sold-out headlining debut in 2016. dierks.com
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About the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon
The St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon will celebrate its 20th year running in the Music City on April 25-28, 2019. Featuring many of Nashville’s best live bands on 32 stages along the course, the musically themed road race annually attracts more than 30,000 runners. Saturday’s marathon, half marathon and 5K conclude with a finish line festival outside of Nissan Stadium. Race week kicks off with the two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26 at Music City Center. The one mile and the KiDS ROCK Nashville presented by YMCA of Middle Tennessee takes place on Sunday, April 28 at Nissan Stadium. For more information, please visit RunRocknRoll.com/Nashville or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter with hashtag #RNRNASHVILLE.
About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. Focused on running, music and community, race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, O.A.R. Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, Flo Rida, The Band Perry, Fitz and the Tantrums, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels. Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at www.RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.
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