Dierks Bentley to perform free concert during NFL Draft weekend

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Dierks Bentley performing

Dierks Bentley will headline a free outdoor concert during the NFL Draft festivities in Nashville this April. 

Bentley will perform on Saturday, April 27 as part of the 2019 NFL Draft and St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & ½ Marathon at the Draft Main Stage in downtown Nashville.

His concert will double as the traditional headlining concert for the running event’s participants.

Earlier this week it was announced Tim McGraw will perform a free outdoor concert to help kick off the NFL Draft on Friday, April 26. Gospel legend CeCe Winans will sing the National Anthem to help open the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 25.

MORE: What you need to know about the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville

Nashville was announced as the host city for the 2019 NFL draft last May. The event is expected to draw more than 300,000 people to Music City over the Draft weekend, which area organizers are calling the largest festival footprint ever for an NFL Draft.

Many downtown bars are rented out by the city and NFL officials. 

ACME Feed and Seed will be serving as the hub for the NFL Draft and the Hard Rock Café and Ole Red have also been booked, according to the NCVC. 

Additionally, the tourism arm of the city says they have locked in Rock Bottom Brewery and Nashville Underground as their private spots to host partners and sponsors. 

Metro police have announced road closures ahead of NFL Draft weekend. 

Road closures are expected to begin on Friday, Apr. 5, when 1st Avenue from Demonbreun to Church Streets, and Broadway from 1st to 2nd Avenues, will close to allow for stage construction. 

Full closures for the NFL Draft will take effect at midnight on April 24th and include: Broadway will be closed from 1st to 5th Avenues, as will 1st thru 5th Avenues between Commerce and Demonbreun Streets (4th Avenue will reopen each morning April 24th, 25th, & 26th for rush hour traffic and will reclose by 10 a.m. on those days). 

During draft days, 2nd Avenue South will be set up as a two-way street from Demonbreun Street to Korean Veterans Boulevard; the westbound lanes of Commerce Street will be set up as a two-way street between 4th and 2nd Avenues; 4th Avenue North (after morning rush hours) will be set up as a two-way street between Commerce Street and Broadway; and 5th Avenue North will be set up as a two-way street between Commerce and Demonbreun Streets. 

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