Music News: Southwest Airlines adds live concerts to in-flight amenities


Devin Dawson performs on a Southwest Airlines flight.
Devin Dawson performs on a Southwest Airlines flight. (Southwest Airlines)

Southwest Airlines has finalized an agreement with Warner Music Nashville that will expand the airline's series of pop-up in-air concerts. Southwest has been hosting in-air shows occasionally since 2011, and Billboard reports that the series "has only grown in popularity over the past six years, as Southwest passengers hope that their flight will be one of the lucky ones to feature a sure-to-go-viral performance."

To celebrate the announcement, Devin Dawson played a show for passengers heading from Nashville to Philadelphia. Past performers on Southwest flights include Valerie June and the Strumbellas.

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