The Band "Dispatch" Plays For Fans In Shelter During Tornado Warning

Posted at 9:33 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 13:12:30-04

The band "Dispatch" turned a canceled show due to a tornado warning into a unforgettable moment for fans in Nashville on Thursday. 

Dispatch was scheduled to play during the Live On The Green festival when after their sound check, strong storms entered the area, prompting a tornado warning.

The band, along with fans and festival staff waiting for the night's shows to begin, were told to seek shelter in a garage under the festival grounds. 

"It's just one of those things, Mother Nature flexing her muscles, like, not this time fellas," Chad Stokes Urmston of the band Dispatch, said about being ushered into a shelter, being told their set was going to be canceled. "But we had a guitar, so we just played a couple songs." 

In a garage, surrounded by fans that came from as far away as Vermont, the band took out an acoustic guitar and drum sticks, and put on an impromptu set, playing the song "Elias."

"The show (Live On The Green) didn't happen, but I still caught a little bit of the awesome music," one fan said. 

Members of the band said they've only had a handful of shows canceled for various reasons over the past 20 years, but they were happy they were able to create a silver lining in this potentially scary situation. 

"This is a story that we're all sharing together," Urmston said. 

Live On The Green was scheduled to continue on Friday and Saturday, rain or shine, but event organizers said they'll continue to survey the weather and make any adjustments necessary.