After taking 2017 off to focus on expanding, the Moon River Music Festival, founded in 2014 by local Americana rocker Drew Holcomb, returned last year with a new home and a stronger lineup than ever! Though the first three years of the fest took place in Holcomb’s hometown of Memphis, setting attendance records and creating a community vibe at the historic Levitt Shell, the festival outgrew its original space, hopping all the way to the other side of the state last year to Chattanooga’s Coolidge Park, where it seems to have found a new permeant home, set to make a return for 2019 on Sept. 7 & 8.
This year’s lineup, which was just announced, is set to feature Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Brandi Carlile, Goodbye Road (featuring Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Johnnyswim, and Penny & Sparrow), St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Moon Taxi, Drew & Ellie Holcomb, The Wood Brothers, Johnnyswim, Josh Ritter, The Oh Hellos, The Lone Bellow, Joy Williams, Rayland Baxter, The Band Camino, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Suffers, Birdtalker, Devon Gilfillian, Cedric Burnside, The New Respects, Lady Wray, and The Brook & The Bluff, making for a well-curated and Americana-leaning bill, set to perform across two stages over two days.
Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. CST right here, with both general admission and VIP options. Previous attendees will have the option to buy a day earlier for a slightly reduced price while supplies last, and, if last year was any indication, tickets to the whole thing are likely to go very, very quickly (as a boutique fest, there’s a more limited capacity than larger events like Bonnaroo, so with a lineup this good, demand is high). Check a recap of last year’s event, and look out for more about Moon River as the regional fest’s fifth installment inches closer!