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Pilgrimage Festival
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Pilgrimage Festival

While many country stars take up residence in the relatively sleepy town of Franklin, Tennessee, it's never exactly been known as a thriving musical center despite its relative proximity to Nashville's Music Row. The Pilgrimage Festival, founded by Better Than Ezra's Kevin Griffin (who lives in you guessed it — Franklin) is set to change that on September 26th and 27th, when it transforms a local farm into a two-day all-star gathering, featuring sets from Wilco, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Nikki Lane, Dawes, Chris Stapleton, the Decemberists and more. But unlike Bonnaroo — Tennessee's fluorescent flagship fest — there will be no 2:00 a.m. DJ sets or sunrise raves; Pilgrimage is strictly a daytime event, meant to cater to families who want to bring their toddlers, catch the stellar lineup and hope Griffin hops on stage for a "Good" redux. All that and home for bath time. Marissa R. Moss

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