Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival announced its 2017 lineup, which features its partial owner and producer – Memphis native and pop superstar Justin Timberlake – as well as Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Held on September 23rd and 24rd in Franklin, Tennessee, the third-year festival will also play host to alt-country pioneer Ryan Adams, Avett Brothers, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Shovels & Rope and Amanda Shires.
Most notable on the 2017 bill for country and Americana fans is Grammy nominee Adams, whose 2017 North American tour in promotion of February’s Prisoner initially skipped Tennessee. Shires, who joined husband Jason Isbell onstage at Pilgrimage 2016, makes her solo Pilgrimage debut. Also of note are outlaw country singer Nikki Lane and roots pop duo Muddy Magnolias, plus soul legend Mavis Staples and Americana favorites Colter Wall, Valerie June and Pokey LaFarge.
Launched in 2015 by Kevin Griffin of Nineties rock act Better than Ezra (who are also slated to play in 2017), the event drew its inspiration from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and features a variety of genres. The 2016 edition boasted headliners Hall & Oates and Beck, with sets by Brothers Osborne, Jason Isbell and Grace Potter.
According to its post-event release, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival saw 15,000 attendees each of its two days in 2016. Tickets for the 2017 edition are on sale now.