Let’s face it; if you live in Nashville, you’re spoiled when it comes to live music. We can adventure into a dive bar any night of the week to witness some serious guitar shredding and it’s not uncommon for major names to make surprise appearances at some of our favorite local spots. It takes a lot to get our ears’ attention and Pilgrimage Music Festival did just that. We #MadeThePilrgrimage down to Franklin, TN – only a 25 minute drive – to attend both days of the inaugural Pilgrimage Music and Arts Festival last weekend (September 26-27). I have to admit, it was a great time (a high compliment coming from a Nashville native). If Bonnaroo had a kid brother, the Pilgrimage Festival would be it (read: very family friendly). Logistically, I could not have imagined a better orchestrated event and the line-up was surprisingly solid. Many of the rock acts took the stages on Saturday, while more of the folk and country acts performed on Sunday. With major names like Cage the Elephant, Weezer, Stephen Tyler and Willie Nelson, the price of admission was well worth it. In true Nashville style, many local artists such as Nikki Lane (a personal favorite), Will Hoge and Holly Williams were also featured. The festival was fully equipped for you to hang all day with food and coffee options from local favorites such as Grilled Cheeserie, Franklin Juice Company and Frothy Monkey and a chill zone with hammocks to rest between shows.
Confession: Laying in the grass, watching the sunset turn the sky a million shades of pink while listening to the legendary Willie Nelson, is a new favorite musical memory. I’m already excited to hear the lineup for next year and hope you’ll #MakeThePilgrimage with us.