A new music festival is setting up shop in Franklin, Tennessee this weekend, and from the looks of the lineup, it's one not to be msised.
While the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival skews towards country, the line-up is stacked with A-list talent from across genres: think Willie Nelson alongside indie pop bigshots Wilco and Weezer. There are plenty of other bands that don’t start with the letter ‘W’ on the bill, too. There’s Sheryl Crow, The Decemberists, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Neko Case, and reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. There's New Orleans icons Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, soul-funk singer Charles Bradley, rising folk duo Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, and many more.
Not only will the bands be playing full sets, some performing stripped down acoustic versions of their songs. Plus, the festival has ingeniously come up with a formula for live mash-ups where one-of-a-kind pairings of musicians will play together on stage.
Pilgrimage is also seemingly determined to be fun for the whole family, having organized a Southern smorgasbord of local fare for festivalgoers. On the menu: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, The Grilled Cheeserie, Burger Republic and more. While many festivals tout their family friendly programming, Pilgrimage has integrated family fun into the fabric of the festival. Not only do children under 10 get into the festival for free, but they will be greeted with an entire line-up of music just for them on the Hohner's Little Pilgrim's Family Stage. There will be sets by Ralph's World, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and more, including a special performance by Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers aboard the Pilgrimage Pirate Ship. Plus, the music program for the entire festival wraps up at 7:30 p.m. Intrigued? More info at the festival's official site.