Let’s hear it for some live entertainment in the friendly skies.
Traveling by air certainly has its ups and downs. Whether it’s dealing with long lines at the airport, being exposed to nasty germs mid-flight, or having to endure a long trip from the dreaded middle seat, even the best-laid travel plans can sometimes go awry. Thankfully, Southwest Airlines has come up with a way for passengers to not only enjoy the most scenic sight from a bird’s eye view but also the best sounds, too—from 35,000 feet in the air.
In conjunction with Warner Music Nashville (WMN), Southwest is offering the best seats in the house when it comes to an elevated concert experience. Since 2011, the low-cost airline has been experimenting with live pop-up shows featuring Warner Music Nashville artists. However, the "Live at 35" in-air concert series just recently started to take off with passengers after a video was posted on Thursday, October 27, by country singer Devin Dawson. Now, more travelers are hoping they’ll be treated to an intimate performance up in the clouds.
To celebrate the partnership between WMN and Southwest, Dawson, aboard a filled-to-capacity Southwest flight from Nashville to Philadelphia, performed his debut single, "All on Me." He also broke out the guitar to perform other songs from his upcoming album Dark Horse, which is slated to drop next year. Dawson posted the video of the performance on his Twitter, with the following caption: "I checked the ‘Sing ALL ON ME at 35,000 feet in the air’ box off the bucket list. Thank you @SouthwestAir #liveat35"
You can see in the video posted that some passengers were enjoying the performance and recording it on their phones. Dawson, while walking the aisles, also gave them a little souvenir, in the form of guitar picks and compact discs, to commemorate their flight. A few detractors, however, took to Twitter to express their frustration.
But Dawson thinks this innovative idea is a great way to put nervous flyers at ease.
"You know, some people don't really enjoy flying; some people get very nervous and don't like it," Dawson told Billboard. "I hope that something like this [performance] is just a cool surprise for some [passengers] that helps them forget about their everyday woes, and I'll just play a couple of songs to make them smile."
We know Southwest is the go-to choice for budget-conscious travel-goers who "wanna get away." But how does the possibility of having a live performance on your flight sound? Let us know in the comments.