Country star Dierks Bentley will close-out the NFL Draft festivities late next month, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. announced on Wednesday.
The NFL Draft, which will run from April 25 to 27, will hold celebrations throughout Nashville at night. More than 20 artists are slated to perform throughout the downtown area and outside of the Nissan Stadium. Bentley’s concert will wrap-up the festivities on the third day of the draft; his set will take place in the city’s Lower Broadway Entertainment district on the Lower Broadway Stage on Saturday, April 27.
The “Drunk on a Plane” singer will follow Tim McGraw, who will play on Saturday night at the Draft Main Stage. Additionally, Grammy Award-winning gospel singer CeCe Williams will sing the National Anthem on April 25. Other artists set to take the stage include country-rock Nashville TV show star Chip Esten, alt-country singer Rayland Baxter, and indie-rock’s Mikky Ekko.
“We are confident that this year’s NFL Draft will be an unforgettable experience for our fans and the entire Nashville community, showcasing an exciting fusion of football and music,” NFL Executive Vice President, Club Business & League Events, Peter O’Reilly, said in a statement. “We are grateful for Dierks and all the Nashville-based acts for generously giving their time to our fans to celebrate in the biggest show in Music City.”
The draft will reportedly bring in around 300,000 fans, marking it the largest event in Nashville history.
“We are prepared to go all the way to 5th Avenue,” Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. President and CEO Butch Spyridon said of the Draft. “I can’t say this enough, everything is free and open to the public.”