BY MARK JACKSON, PHOTOJOURNALIST
The Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tn., which held it’s 2nd annual event on September 24-25 is right outside of Nashville. Although this is only the second year, this event is catching on fast. Just a couple of months ago they took on a new partner that you may have heard of by the name of Justin Timberlake. The Pilgrimage Festival is a little different in that it a day festival and even has a stage and events for kids. A festival with a family atmosphere and killer line up: what a great concept. Speaking of the lineup, here is some of the highlights and pictures from the weekend. (Pictured at the top: Jason Isbell)
Lunchmoney Lewis (above) is always great dance party that gets the crowd in a good mood and up dancing. I can’t get his song “Ain’t Too Cool to Dance”.
The Strumbellas are a Canadian rock band who are quickly becoming a household name with songs such as “Spirits”, and “We Don’t Know”. They have a tight sound who is perfect for mainstream radio.
My surprise like and new obsession was Wild Belle. Wild Belle hails from Chicago, Il. with key member being siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman. Natalie voice and stage presence had me from the first song, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s easy on the eyes.
Kaleo had a large crowd at the Frye stage and a lot of females front and center as the lead singer Jökull from Iceland is kind of a sex symbol. Their big hit “Way Down We Go” has a clean soulful sound and is a constant play on alternative radio.
Grace Potter is a guitar playing, Piano playing, singing, and dancing rocker who is one not to be missed. Check out her duet with Kenny Chesney in the single “Wild Child”.
Cake played on the Fender Stage to a very large crowd. With hits like “Short skirt Long Jacket”, “The Distance”, and “Never There” they had the crowd singing alone and bobbing their heads.
Beck was the Headliner for Saturday and was a perfect ending to a very hot day. “Devil’s Haircut” is still one of my favorites from him.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation was defiantly Funky and had the crowd dancing on Sunday in ninety plus heat.
Better Than Era’s lead singer Kevin Griffin played double duties as they performed on Sunday and Kevin is also the creator of the Pilgrimage Festival. Better Than Ezra ruled the airways back in the mid ’90s with their mega hit “Good”. Kevin has continued to perform and write for his band and many other bands.
Kacey Musgraves brought a true country flair to the festival. Kacey took to the stage with her band wearing lighted Tuxedo’s and stage prop cacti. Kacey’s song “Biscuits” had most of the crowd singing along.
Daryl Hall and John Oates closed out the festival on Sunday night. Hall and Oates have been around since the ’80s and still sounded great. They covered many of their hits such as “Private Eyes”, “Maneater”, and “I Can’t Go For That”. It was a great performance and a great Festival.
Below are some more sights. I can’t wait to see who they get next year, Maybe Timberlake? Either way I will be there and will bring you all the highlight from the weekend for those of you who can’t make it out for yourself.