Headliner Act at the Toyota Rock 'n' Roll Concert Series

The wait is over! Introducing Five-time GRAMMY© nominee, Hunter Hayes as this year’s Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series headliner for the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & 1/2 Marathon!

Hailed as a “force to be reckoned with” by the Huffington Post, multiple-award-winner Hunter Hayes is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with three No. 1 singles under his belt and over 40 award nominations and wins, including the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Country Artist in 2015 and the CMA Awards’ coveted New Artist of The Year trophy in 2012.

Opening the show will be Erin Kinsey. Since the summer of 2014, Erin and her band started making waves in Music City with appearances at CMA Fest in Nashville and the C2C Festival in London, with numerous acoustic performances at the legendary Blue Bird Café. Fans can expect big things from Erin Kinsey in 2018, as she is one of the up and coming musicians not to be overlooked.

This year, the concert is back at Ascend Amphitheater on Saturday night, April 28. Registered runners will have FIRST DIBS on reserving tickets, which will be available in strictly limited supply. To obtain a free ticket to this concert, you must be a registered participant and reserve your ticket in advance (stay tuned for more details). Family and friends may purchase tickets once sales are open, while supplies last.

Runners, family and friends are also encouraged to attend the Finish Line Festival at the Stadium after the race where there will be music, beer and food. A schedule will be available on this page for the Finish Line bands, and the Festival is free and open to the public.

Entertainment on the Course

Live Music Every Mile

Music makes up the heart and “sole” of this event. Runners will enjoy a variety of music from alternative, classic and punk rock to blues, jazz and soul along the race course. Music and entertainment set the tempo for this running party, where runners and spectators alike will be “dancin’ in the streets” to these mini-concerts.

2018 Course Entertainment Coming Soon!

Be a Band on Course

Is your band ready to rock for thousands of athletes and spectators? We will be recruiting the best local bands from all genres to take the stage along the course. Email rschuchert@nashvillesports.com to apply today!

Spirit on the Course

Attention Cheer teams and Dance Squads: We need you! High school and middle school cheer and dance teams are invited to compete in the Spirit on the Course Competition. Cheer teams will line the course ready to encourage participants every step of the way. Costumes and themes are optional, smiles and enthusiasm are required. Compete for the grand prize of $1,000! Questions? Contact us at rnrnashville@competitorgroup.com

Congratulations to our 2017 Winners!

  • 1st Place – Hillsboro High School
  • 2nd Place – UNA Bears