[REVIEW + PHOTOS] Pilgrimage Festival 2016

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Many of our region’s best festivals were already firmly established before we ever started covering them. Many others we watched emerged with promise, only to disappear after one year, a testament to just how hard it is to pull off an event at this scale, in an increasingly saturated summer music landscape. From the start, our hopes were high for Franklin’s Pilgrimage Fest, now the closest fest of its size and nature to Nashville, and after an ambitious and exciting first year, we felt confident about its return, in of itself a major milestone and important barrier to cross. Thanks to a clear vision, an ace team, and a supportive community, Pilgrimage 2015 was one of the most organized, well-curated, and confident first year fests we’ve ever seen, and, returning for their sophomore outing, it was a thrill this year to watch them take a well-established template and improve and adjust, cementing the foundation for what, by all accounts, seems like a festival with a bright future ahead. Pilgrimage is still a young event, but, local or not, it’s already one with a lot of identity and uniqueness; the perfect cap to our busiest festival season yet, and one of our favorite musical happenings of the summer. Once again, we sent the crew down to make the Pilgrimage, and you can check out our thoughts, highlights, and photos from Pilgrimage 2016 below!

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No Country’s Guide to Pilgrimage Fest 2016: 14 Can’t Miss Saturday Bands


We’ve been buzzing about it for months, and the week has finally arrived, as we prepare to head to Franklin’s Park at Harlinsdale this weekend, Sept. 24 & 25 for the second annual Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival. We had a blast at last year’s inaugural event, and expect year two to be bigger and better in every way, thanks to an impressive lineup, even more buzz, and a year of positive experience to help streamline the event. With around 50 acts, both local and national, slated to perform across four stages over two days (not to mention a kids stage), plus local artisans and vendors, Pilgrimage is a community-rooted fest designed for music lovers of all ages and wakes of life, and we feel incredibly happy to have such a great new event in our backyard. Single day tickets and VIP options are still available here, so secure your spot if you haven’t already, be sure to download the official app, and start planning out your weekend with our handy festival guide. To get you ready to make the Pilgrimage, we’re counting down our 14 most-anticipated Saturday performers below!

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TWiN | This Weekend in Nashville | March 25 – 27

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Well SXSW is officially over, and that means that the onslaught of touring bands whizzing around the country will keep Nashville very busy this weekend.  We have everything from an insanely stacked hip hop showcase to some of the best songwriters in the country to a pop punk leaning three day throwdown.  There’s more than enough for everyone, so peruse our weekly staff picks in this edition of TWiN, and get out to see some live music this weekend!

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Tons Of Nashville Bands Officially Confirmed For SXSW 2016!


As we finally dip into winter here in Music City, our attention turns to the warmer days ahead.  Bands are announcing spring tours like crazy, and a number of them are centered around the annual musical pilgrimage to Austin, TX for SXSW.  While those not lucky enough to attend will reap the spoils of touring bands, a huge number of your (and our) local favorites will be making the journey to show their wares in the 2,000+ band melee that will take over greater Austin.  In three separate waves of announcements these local stand outs were all selected: Judah & The Lion, Ron Pope, Blackfoot Gypsies, Diarrhea Planet, Smooth Hound Smith, 8 Ball Aikten, Ruby Amanfu, Carl Anderson, Bobby Bare Jr., Carey, Daddy Issues, Luther Dickinson, ELEL, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Escondido, firekidJanice Gaines, The GillsThe Killing Floor, Lionlimb, Loretta Lynn, Music Band, Pujol, Saint PéThe Wans, & The Wild Feathers.

Making you think about heading to Austin to support local?  Thought so. Better hurry up and book your hotel now, and head below for a taste of each to revel in how awesome of a music city we actually live in.

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The Melvins, Bonnie Prince Billy, Soledad Brothers, & More to Play 2016 Muddy Roots Festival


The beginning of a new year means it’s time again to get excited about (and start saving up for) summer music festivals, as they as further lineups roll in and tickets begin to go on sale. One of Tennessee’s quirkier festivals that we’ve been covering for the past few years, Muddy Roots, may not draw the names or the crowds of Bonnaroo, but the Cookeville-based event set for Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5, promises a more intimate experience, cooler weather, and free showers for all. Join the early announcement trend this season, Muddy Roots has just revealed that the grunge metal band The Melvins (who we saw last year at Exit/In and can’t recommend enough) will headline alongside Bonnie Prince Billy, Soledad Brothers, and the Del McCoury Band among others.

Early bird tickets are already sold out, but general admission tickets are available for $103.49, kids’ tickets for $57.37, and a cabin rental that sleeps four with electricity and A/C for $501.58. The festival also says it will be selling tickets at the gate on a first-come, first-serve basis for $150.

Click through to check out the track “Rich Wife Full of Happiness” by the Americana singer-songwriter Bonnie Prince Billy, who’s releasing his new record Pond Scum at the end of the month.  You can also check out the complete festival poster, and find links for more details on Muddy Roots.

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