New Year's Eve looks a little different this year, but we're still celebrating with some Nashville music! The 2020 event will take form as a local TV broadcast and livestream. Nashville-based Moon Taxi will play for 40 minutes just before midnight. The Shindellas, who fuse jazz, soul and R&B, will perform a 20-minute set earlier in the show. The show will include highlights from previous years. CNN will feature the countdown live from Nashville as the central time zone rings in the New Year.
While Moon Taxi has undoubtedly earned their place as hometown heroes in Nashville – selling out two consecutive nights at famed Ryman Auditorium and earning praise from the Tennessean (“Moon Taxi evolves from ‘college project’ to rock stars”) – the band has also built an enormous national following. The five-piece band has released five studio albums, including 2018’s Let The Record Play. “Two High,” the first single from Let The Record Play, catapulted Moon Taxi to new heights, amassing over 130 million streams on Spotify to date, topping the AAA radio airplay chart and becoming a Top 10 hit at the Alternative format. The band has thrived on the touring circuit, with electrifying performances at festivals such as Coachella, Austin City Limits and Bonnaroo and sold-out headline shows across North America. Moon Taxi’s television performances include “TODAY,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Conan.” The band’s inspiring, inclusive songs have been tapped for numerous ad campaigns, including JEEP, Microsoft Surface Pro, McDonald’s and BMW, as well as for landmark sporting events like the Olympics, MLB, NFL and NHL. Rolling Stone observed, “Over the last few years, Nashville's Moon Taxi have worked their way up from Bonnaroo buzz-band to something approaching Kings of Leon country, playing a pleasingly cross-bred rock - a little indie, a little proggy, kinda poppy.” NPR’s World Cafe praised the band’s “strong pop sense expressed through the soulful vocals of Trevor Terndrup and an experimental edge that connects it to synth pop and electronic dance music.” PopMatters said, “Moon Taxi's offering of optimistic pop rock serves well as an energy and mood booster…” Moon Taxi is Trevor Terndrup (vocals, guitarist), Spencer Thomson (lead guitarist and producer), Wes Bailey (keyboardist), Tommy Putnam (bassist) and Tyler Ritter (drummer).
Beatnik group The Shindellas are a female band formed under the belief that when women come together, powerful things can happen. The Shindellas are comprised of three brilliantly talented women, Kasi Jones (singer), Stacy Johnson (singer/guitarist) and Tamara Chauniece (singer). Each member was introduced by multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated, songwriting and production duo, Chuck Harmony and Claude Kelly, also known as the progressive band Louis York. The Shindellas explore jazz, soul and true R&B to create a unique genre of music for their audience. They are proponents of self-love, empowerment and elegance, which are tenets they work hard to spread through their music. The vitality of their three voices blending in effortless harmony coupled with their alluringly graceful and poised disposition, will put you in a trance. Since forming, The Shindellas have graced stages across the country, including Essence Festival 2018. Their latest singles, “Fear Has No Place,” “Happy To See You,” and “Reconsider” are the perfect preface to their debut album, soon to be released under Weirdo Workshop.