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.

The concert will return for the second year to Ascend Amphitheater on Saturday, April 28. Doors will open at 6 PM with the concert starting at 7 PM.

Hunter Hayes tickets are now open for reservation! Concert Tickets are free to registered runners of the 2018 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon, ½ Marathon & 5K.

Follow these steps to claim your ticket:

  1. Ensure you are registered for St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon, ½ Marathon or 5K distances before claiming your ticket.
  2. Reserve your FREE* ticket here, using the same registration details as you did when you registered for the race.
  3. Pick up your ticket(s) from the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, April 26 or Friday, April 27. Bring a photo ID and copy of your confirmation sheet(s).

Family and friends of participants are welcome to purchase tickets, while supplies last.

  1. Purchase additional tickets for friends and family here.
  2. Pick up purchased tickets from the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, April 26 or Friday, April 27. Bring a photo ID and copy of your confirmation sheet(s).


*Entry to the Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll Concert Series featuring Hunter Hayes at Ascend Amphitheater is free for registered runners who indicate they will attend the concert, while supplies last. Runners can only reserve a ticket once registered for the Marathon, ½ Marathon, or 5K races. An email confirmation will be sent once your ticket reservation is complete, which guarantees your place. Tickets must be collected from the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday, April 26 or Friday, April 27. Additional concert tickets are available for purchase, for non-registered friends and family, here, 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