Charles Esten, Outer Banks Star and Musician, Performs to Raise Funds for Alive Hospice Patients

Tickets on Sale Now for Alive & The Bluebird Concert with Charles Esten and Friends November 17 at Green Door Gourmet Presented by Amazon

Nashville, TN (October 10, 2022) – Charles Esten, a musician and actor who currently stars as Ward Cameron in the Netflix show Outer Banks and played the character of Deacon Claybourne on the hit show Nashville, is performing to raise funds for Alive, the only nonprofit hospice in Middle Tennessee. Alive provides more than a million dollars in charity care each year so no one in our community has to die alone. This year’s Presenting Sponsor is Amazon. Tickets Are Available Now at

The show takes place November 17 and is part of the annual Alive & The Bluebird concert series, which helps support Alive’s hospice care as well as the unique services it provides for the whole community such as affordable grief counseling, grief camps for kids, special programs for veterans, and free end-of-life education.

Attendees will enjoy craft beverages and delicious appetizers in Green Door Gourmet’s beautiful farm setting, followed by an in-the-round show with Esten and friends. Green Door Gourmet partners with Alive for fundraisers and special events throughout the year at their 350-acre farm in Nashville.

Supporters can also bid in the auction to win incredible vacation packages (France! Tuscany! Greece!), spa packages and whiskey tastings. You do not need to attend the concert to bid. The auction opens November 7. You do not have to be present at the event to bid.

“My very first Bluebird Cafe performance was at a fundraiser for Alive,” said Charles Esten. “Since then, I’ve visited them many times and learned up close the incredible sacred work they do. It is always an honor to play a Bluebird round. It’s even more so when it’s on behalf of Alive.”

“Our first Alive & The Bluebird concert at Green Door’s Grand Barn with Charles Esten sold out quickly, and we are thrilled he is back again this year,” said Kimberly Goessele, Alive’s President/CEO. “The funds we raise from the community allow us to go above and beyond standard hospice care with support for the entire family and education for the community.”

Alive & The Bluebird Souvenirs

Each year, a local artist creates the designs for our souvenir merchandise. This year’s collection was designed by Alive’s own senior graphic designer, Christine Stiles, who has had the pleasure of working on the series for several years. Get yours here:

About Alive

Alive is the only nonprofit provider of hospice care and end-of-life services in Middle Tennessee. Its mission is to provide loving care for people with life-threatening illnesses, support to their families, and service to the community in a spirit of enriching lives. This includes in-home and in-patient hospice care, grief support, advance care planning, outreach, support to underserved communities, education about the end of life, financial assistance, a robust volunteer program, and clinician training through the Alive Institute. A pioneer in the “good death” movement, Alive established the third hospice in the nation in 1975. Today, it remains true to its roots as an innovator and leader, helping individuals live fully while approaching death. To learn more or volunteer, visit or call 615-327-1085.

About The Bluebird Cafe

Amy Kurland opened the small but influential 90-seat Bluebird Cafe in a nondescript strip center just south of downtown Nashville in June of 1982. She added a stage as an afterthought, and live music became a staple of the eatery. Offering the club as an outlet for songwriters and aspiring artists to perform encouraged regular performers Thom Schuyler, Don Schlitz and J. Fred Knobloch to pioneer the idea of presenting songwriters “in the round,” where writers set their chairs in the center of the room to play their original material, telling the stories and inspirations for their songs. Both Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift were signed after performing in the Bluebird Cafe. Numerous aspiring artists and songwriters have been discovered and countless songs were first heard by artists, A&R execs, producers and others in the small venue.  In 2008, Kurland sold the legendary venue to the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). More of a donation than a corporate sale, Kurland saw NSAI’s mission to “educate, elevate and celebrate songwriters” as a way to continue the Bluebird’s relationship to songwriters and to the community. The venue was a featured character in the hit television show, “Nashville” adding to its list of fans.  Outside of its home base, The Bluebird Cafe continues a host of events that bear the iconic name. Bluebird on the Mountain – a sold-out concert series at Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory in Nashville, the Bluebird Cafe at London’s Country2Country Festival, Bluebird at Blackberry Farm, Bluebird at the Ballet, and the 16th anniversary of the Bluebird Cafe Concert Series at Utah’s Sundance Resort.

Charles Esten Bio

Over the last few years, singer/songwriter and actor Charles Esten – best known for his roles as Ward Cameron on the NETFLIX global hit show Outer Banks, and Deacon Claybourne in ABC/MT’s Nashville, has performed hundreds of live concerts, including multiple headline tours in the US, Germany. Amsterdam, and UK, including the Royal Albert Hall. In early 2020, his main stage performance as part of the popular Country2Country festival in Europe was cut short by the pandemic. After that, for over a year during lockdown, he entertained fans virtually with his weekly FacebookLive Quarantine Livestream that to-date has drawn almost 1.5 million total views. Gradually, he has been able to resume live performances, most notably on the Grand Ole Opry, where he has made over 150 appearances to-date. He was excited to open at The Ryman for Deanna Carter in November.

In his adopted hometown of Nashville, Esten serves as the National Honorary Spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual “Light The Night” Walk, and as a board member and volunteer for Musicians On Call. When not filming or touring, he continues to write and record his own music with over 10 million streams to date, and a 2018 Guinness World Record for releasing 54 original songs (available on iTunes, and on Spotify) once a week, for 54 consecutive weeks. He is currently working on selecting some of that new music for release. In May he released a new single, WORST DAY – a duet with Julia Cole (CMT Next Women of Country, Class of ’22) – Esten says, “This song is a flat-out upbeat banger about the joy of having that someone you love right there beside you in the good times, and even more especially, in the hard times too!” Esten is thrilled to be returning to Smith Mountain Lake!

Media Contact for Alive:
Liz Haas
Director of Communications and Marketing, Alive
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