Jake Owen Throws Big Block Party in Nashville

Missing finger can’t stop the show.

photo by Ivor Karabatkovic

Jake Owen wanted to bring the fun back to the Nashville community, and he met that admirable goal by hosting a free “block party” off Music Row, Monday night (Aug. 19), to help celebrate his No. 1 hit “Anywhere With You.” Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and Dierks Bentley made special appearances at the big show, which drew an estimated 20,000 fans, who came to party and hear some late-summer tunes. 

Openers The Cadillac Three primed the crowd with their brand of country-rock before Jake took the stage with a decidedly up-tempo set. “Anywhere With You,“ “The One that Got Away” and early hit “Yee Haw” were all highlights, while “Summer Jam” with Florida Georgia Line and Dierks’ “5-1-5-0” had fans shouting along.

Impressively, Jake proved the old show-biz adage that “the show must go on”: Prior to the concert, Jake revealed to reporters that doctors had to amputate part of his finger that morning, the result of injuries he suffered in July during a go-kart accident. “I started playing guitar again and my finger felt great,” Jake said. “It started bleeding [this morning]. So I went to the doctor and he said, ‘That’s not good.’ So they just went ahead and amputated the last half of it off. 

“I’m trying to pretend that it doesn’t hurt right now,” he admitted.

Jake was no doubt ready to hit the stage, though. “This is by far the most excited I’ve been for any show this year,” he told reporters. “I can’t wait to get onstage tonight. When you think of Nashville, it’s everyone–the fans, the industry, the writers. There are so many people who have made what I’m doing possible by helping me and lending a hand.”

He also felt that the industry was ready to have a little fun. “This is what Nashville is missing,” Jake said. “I’ve always been a fun-loving guy and I enjoy hosting any sort of event. Maybe this sets a precedent not only for myself but for other artists to step up.” Having buddies like Dierks, Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett jump on board proved a great bonus. “That’s a perfect example of how much we all love what we do,” Jake noted. “Nobody was getting paid and they weren’t doing this for money.”

Fans lined up outside the BMI offices on Music Row, where the party took place, as early as 7 a.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Ain’t no party like a Jake Owen party.

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