Day two of Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin started out with the perfect festival weather. Unlike day one, there was not a cloud in sight. Today’s bill included Nawas, The Grand Southern, Thad Cockrell & Friends, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Lucius, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Lone Bellow, Chris Stapleton, John & Jacob, Dawes, Jimmy Cliff, Nikki Lane, Band of Horses, Steven Tyler, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Decemberists and Willie Nelson.
I had every intention of arriving in time to hear Lone Bellow and then do some perusing around the market shops afterward. However, NowPlayingNashville.com’s Jessica Musman sent me this awesome shot of them performing and said that Zach Williams did a little conducting of the audience. I was sad to have missed it and Nikki Lane.
Upon my arrival at the festival, Dawes was about to begin on the Midnight Sun Stage. They brought the crowd for sure. Having seen them before at a Dave Matthews Caravan Tour, it’s incredible to see their stardom rise. As NowPlayingNashville.com’s Director Joe Pagetta stated “All of Dawes’ songs sound like they have always existed. I love this band.” Taylor and the rest of the Dawes crew always brings their A-game and have never let me down. It was amazing to hear the entire crowd sing “When My Time Comes.”
Next, I decided to check out the merchant market and the food craft area. Yesterday’s food truck line was a little long and crazy, so today I opted for the other area. While I nibbled on my Chuy‘s taco with the jalapeno sauce, I watched as the kiddies were being entertained by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo on the Hohner Little Pilgrim’s Stage. From my view, the entire area was full with children in the front and parents standing in the back. All of the kids seemed to enjoy climbing all over the Pirate Play Ship in the area.
After filling my belly, it was time to do the shopping. I ran into a friend, Katie Hilton, that suggested I go by the JONDIE tent. She informed me the jewelry was beautiful and between her and her friend Amanda, they had bought 3 different pieces and gifts for friends. So of course, I had to make the stop. The jewelry was amazing! I adored the long necklaces with feathers and the unique designs, not to mention the gorgeous array of hats. And they were apparently THE PLACE to buy your iPhone chargers on the go and selfie sticks. Wish I had known that yesterday! After checking out JONDIE, I stopped by Roy Laws Artist tent because this beautiful print of Steven Tyler drew me in. On the list for Roy was to paint Willie Nelson as he is performing live tonight. Roy loves to allow the music to influence his art and most definitely each piece was moving. Other merchant market items that caught my eye were Project 615, DCXV, Tru Bee, Hang Over Guitar Straps, Y’allsome, Synergy Organic Clothing, ENO Hammocks, and many others.
When I was done perusing a bit, I decided to make my way over to Steven Tyler a little earlier, so I could get that great side stage spot. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one either. Both sides of the stage were already full to max capacity, so I may have hung out close to the bus waiting for a glimpse of Mr. Tyler, which I finally received. I’d totally share that amazing experience of seeing his hair dressers fix his hair and getting him stage primped. But I better not because they were all yelling “No Pictures!” However, thanks to Jessica, I have this really cool picture of his performance.
The Steven Tyler side stage letdown pushed me to arrive for St. Paul & the Broken Bones about 30 minutes early, which gave me the opportunity to hear the last few songs of Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Excellent, excellent jazz music! It was very soothing and relaxing. The nice little break that I needed for the day. I was front and center on the side stage when St. Paul & the Broken Bones came out and man, did they bring it. Paul brought every bit of energy he had bouncing from one speaker to the next engaging the crowd and even us on the side stage. Paul did some Beatles and even a little Otis Redding (“I’ve Been Lovin’ You”) in his set intermingled with all of his originals from their debut album, Half the City. On stage, Paul stated this was their last gig as they were going into the studio for the next several months to record their next album. How exciting?!?! The hubs and I rocked out with St. Paul and the Broken Bones until the very end. He was by far my favorite for the day.
Last on the list for tonight was to see Willie Nelson side stage. We rocked it out too hard at St. Paul & The Broken Bones that we missed that chance. But the hubs caught this beautiful picture of the sun setting as Willie Nelson serenaded us and the Inaugural Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival came to a close. Thank you Kevin Griffin, Stacie, Lucy, Ashley & the rest of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival crew for a wonderful first festival. We will #MakethePilgrimage again in 2016!
Click here for our recap of Day One.