Jimmy Eat World | The Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN
Article + photos by Nick Zimmer
If you know anything about the city of Nashville, you’re well aware that The Ryman Auditorium has been the home of more high profile country artists than you can count dating back to the '60's. When Jimmy Eat World were announced to be playing at The Ryman, it was a no brainer that we needed to be there to cover it. It was a wonderful added bonus that Microwave and The Hotelier were brought along to share the night.
While the venue does host a wide array of artists, such as Code Orange, Dashboard Confessional, and Garth Brooks, it’s always a breath of fresh air when more alternative acts get announced for this historic venue.
The show started off with Atlanta natives Microwave taking the stage. It was fantastic to see a band that we’ve caught playing some of the smaller stages at FEST being able to play one of the most iconic venues in the country.
The band ripped through tracks from Stovall and Much Love, while still capturing the crowd's attention between songs. Vocalist / guitarist Nathan Hardy made light of how the band usually plays house shows or at The End when they come through Nashville and it was very apparent how much the band appreciated playing for The Ryman crowd.
The Hotelier took the stage next and immediately vocalist / bassist Christian Holden was interacting with the crowd and joking about how they had never played a show with a wireless mic before. It was this kind of banter that left the Ryman crowd charmed by The Hotelier for the duration of their set.
Much like Microwave, The Hotelier are a band that we first saw at FEST, and the transition between playing tiny rooms to a packed auditorium was flawless. The set was heavy with tracks from the band's latest album, Goodness, while still throwing in a handful of tracks off of 2014’s Home, Like NoPlace Is There.
There are few bands that have consistently put out quality music for the length of time that Jimmy Eat World have. The band effortlessly ran through a 21 song set that spanned their discography, including crowd favorites “Goodbye Sky Harbor” and closers “Sweetness” and “The Middle.”
One of the distinguishing aspects of The Ryman is the fact that it's designed to be a totally seated venue complete with church pews. While this can make for a less rowdy crowd for heavier bands, the audience was on their feet and engaged throughout the whole performance, even after being 20 songs into the set. They're 25 years into their career and Jimmy Eat World are still thriving. If the band has dates near you this year, do yourself a favor and check them out!