Festival Preview: Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival (Franklin, TN September 26 & 27, 2015)

July 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

FESTIVAL:  Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

Venue:  The Park at Harlinsdale, Franklin, Tennessee

Date:  September 26 & 27, 2015

Festival Website:  www.PilgrimageFestival.com

Preview By:  David J. Simchock

Sheryl Crow - Christmas Jam 24 (2012)Sheryl Crow © Copyright David J. Simchock Every year it seems that the music festival calendar is getting more and more crowded. And, with each new event added to this ever-growing list, one often asks: "Do we really need another music festival?"

After seeing the announcement and line-up for the first annual Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival at The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, Tennessee, the answer is a clear, "Yes, we do need one more festival!"

And, it's bound to be one for the history books, and one that will return year after year. For its inauguration, festival-goers will be treated to a few veteran names in the music business, not the least of which are Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and Dr. John. Other noteworthy artists making the journey in late September include Wilco, Weezer, The Decemberists, Dawes, Iron & Wine, Neko Case, the Punch Brothers, and more. For a look at the line-up and schedule, CLICK HERE.

How did the Pilgrimage Festival come about? From the event's website:

"Born and raised in Louisiana, founders of Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Kevin Griffin, Brandt Wood, and Michael Whelan were heavily influenced by the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Griffin, the lead singer of Better Than Ezra, has called the Nashville-Franklin area of Tennessee home for many years now."

Dawes - The Orange Peel 2011-10-21Dawes © Copyright David J. Simchock The organizers' mission is to bring together artists that have deep roots in the Franklin, TN region with those who are virgins to the territory - a true "pilgrimage" of musical talent from near and afar converging for an early autumn weekend in September.

Franklin, which is only 22 miles south of Nashville is steeped in Civil War history, is no stranger to visitors. With a music mecca such as Nashville being so close, wayfarers coming in from outside the region will not be at a loss for things to do in addition to the festival itself. Though this is very much a "park setting" for the event, there is no camping on site, but ample accommodation options are available, and there is nearby off-site camping. Visit the website's FAQ Section and Travel & Lodging Page for more information.

Front Row Focus hopes to see you in Tennessee in September!


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