Pilgrimage Music & Culture Fest adds more talent

Eight additional acts added to lineup

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival has announced eight more acts to its lineup for 2021. Jimbo Mathus, Thee Sacred Souls, Wax Owls, Myron Elkins, Emily West & The Whiskey Wolves of the West, Local Honeys, People on the Porch, and Ralph Covert will all perform at the highly-anticipated two-day event returns for its seventh year at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm on September 25 & 26 in Franklin, TN.

The initial lineup included Dave Matthews Band, The Black Keys, Maren Morris, and Cage The Elephant amping up as headliners. The celebration of art, culture, and diverse music boosts already-announced performances by Khruangbin, Black Pumas, Amos Lee, Tanya Tucker, Houndmouth, Jamestown Revival, Tank and the Bangas, Valerie June, JD McPherson, Better Than Ezra, Low Cut Connie, Robert Finley, Katie Pruitt, Morgan Wade, Larry Fleet, Harlem Gospel Travelers, Hailey Whitters, Dylan LeBlanc, Anna Vaus, Blessing Offor, and Natalie Madigan.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival will welcome 50+ acts to play across five stages – Fender Premium Audio Midnight Sun, Gold Record Road, Shady Grove, Lil’ Pilgrims Family Village, and Americana Music Triangle Experience. Offering the freshest batch of rising talent, the Shady Grove lineup is confirmed as Myron Elkins, Natalie Madigan, Jimbo Mathus, Dylan LeBlanc, Thee Sacred Souls, Wax Owls, Anna Vaus, Blessing Offor, Hailey Whitters, and Emily West & The Whiskey Wolves of the West. Best known by festival-goers for its kick-back vibes and breakout roster, notable past Shady Grove artists include Charley Crockett, Devon Gilfillian, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Shooter Jennings, Bre Kennedy, Jillian Jacqueline, and more.

Tier 1-priced general admission tickets sold out in record time, with Tier 2-priced two-day GA tickets currently on sale for $209, and two-day VIP passes for $999. Available via Ticketmaster, a layaway plan option is offered as well, to lock in passes and spread the purchase across multiple payments. The festival donates a portion of every ticket sale to help members of the music community in need through its direct partnership with the Recording Academy’s non-profit MusiCares, in addition to Friends of Franklin Parks for capital projects at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm.

Produced by Better Than Ezra frontman and Franklin resident Kevin Griffin, alongside W. Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan, Griffin is set to host a Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival-themed Power Hour on Lightning 100 at 1 pm CT on June 14th, July 14th, August 18th, and September 15th. Griffin will play tunes from the 2021 lineup, share memories about past performances, and reveal what fans can expect this year. A pair of tickets will be given away each appearance.

The 200-acre park will support surrounding favorites with a curated VIP Village – 70 booths stocked with handcrafted works, wares, and wearables; 35 local restaurants and cafes serving their most popular dishes; the Farm to Turntable Food Truck Park – 16 of the area’s best food trucks; and a Craft Beer Hall that’s complete with an array of libations like craft beers, local whiskeys, hard seltzers, specialty drinks, and frozen treats, plus games on the big screens.

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