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BMI’s Rooftop on the Row Kicks Off AmericanaFest in Nashville

Posted in News on September 14, 2022
BMI’s Nina Carter, BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill, and BMI’s Mason Hunter with The Heavy Heavy.
BMI’s Nina Carter, BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill, and BMI’s Mason Hunter with The Heavy Heavy. Photo: Erika Goldring for BMI

Last night, BMI threw our annual AmericanaFest Kickoff Party on the iconic rooftop of our Nashville office. Featuring performances from the retro-inspired rock band The Heavy Heavy and contemporary blues and soul musician Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, the event gave Americanafest attendees a great start to the week.

The Heavy Heavy opened up the night and performed some of the rock group’s top tunes from their EP Life and Life Only. They describe their music as “a reverb-drenched collision of psychedelia and blues, acid rock and sunshine pop.” The five-member band is currently on tour across the U.S. and Germany and is expected to release their first album in 2023.

Grammy-nominated Kingfish followed, and gave a bluesy, soulful performance to the AmericanaFest audience. The 23-year-old artist is no stranger to the music business, as he has headlined two national tours and has performed with Jason Isbell, Vampire Weekend, and Buddy Guy, while continuing to write music for future albums.

The invite-only event was sponsored by George Dickel Whisky, oneRPM, Daou Wines, Texas Roadhouse, Topo Chico, YETI, and Dogfish Head Brewery, and First Horizon. BMI’s next rooftop event will be held September 27 and will be part of our Rooftop on the Row series.