Now that we’ve all gotten used to the fact that the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and the CMA Music Festival take place on the same weekend (this year, June 9-12), the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival has announced that its 2016 dates, September 24-25, will coincide with the closing weekend of the Americana Music Festival, which runs September 20-25.
“We couldn’t be more excited to go to Pilgrimage 2.0,” Pilgrimage co-founder Kevin Griffin told the Franklin Home Page, in an article published today. “Year one was this amazing journey where we brought together the city and the region and music fans all over the country. It went off amazing. We learned a lot of stuff and things we want to do better and we plan on doing that.”
During its inaugural year in 2015, Pilgrimage estimated that it brought 10,000 people out to Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin to see acts such as Wilco, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Band of Horses, Will Hoge, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Dawes and dozens more. NowPlayingNashville.com was there and offered recaps of day one and day two.
The Americana Music Festival in 2015, in its week-long celebration centered around downtown Nashville, featured “more than 225 official events and showcases attracting an aggregate 30,000 attendance” according to its wrap-up release. Hundreds of artists played the festival, at either clubs or the Ascend Amphitheater, including Loretta Lynn, Glen Hansard, Los Lobos, Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs, Buddy Miller, Marc Ribot, Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Steve Earle, Shakey Graves, Lera Lynn and Nikki Lane.
While there’s always been an understanding that CMA Fest and Bonnaroo attract a different audience, it’s going to be interesting to see how it shakes out with Pilgrimage and Americana at the same time. There’s a considerable amount of crossover between the kinds of artists that both Festivals attract. In fact, many of Pilgrimage’s main stage acts have at one time played Americana. The upside for music fans is that if Pilgrimage sticks to its daytime festival ethos, with most shows ending about 7 p.m., there will be plenty of time for fans to drive to downtown Nashville to catch evening showcases at the Cannery Complex, the City Winery, the Basement and more. Perhaps it’ll all work out for the best and we’ll be able to pack even more music into our weekend.