Attending Pilgrimage Festival? There are at least ten hours of music each day with headliners including Foo Fighters, The Killers, and Keith Urban. But here are our picks for performances not to miss this year.
1. Lauren Daigle
Daigle won two GRAMMYS in February for best contemporary Christian music performance/song for “You Say” and best contemporary Christian music album for Look Up Child. Also, her latest album Look Up Child topped the Billboard chart overall, beating out Drake, Cardi B, and Nicki Manjai. Daigle is currently on her Look Up Child World Tour, Pilgrimage is one of her rare local appearances.
2. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Lukas Nelson, son of Wilie Nelson, will perform at Pilgrimage following in the footsteps of his iconic father who performed at the very first Pilgrimage Festival. Fan of “A Star is Born” music? Nelson played in the band backing Bradley Cooper as well as has songwriting credits on the movie. In addition, Nelson & Promise of the Real is the backing band for Neil Young currently out on tour.
3. Lucie Silvas
Silvas, a UK native, first charted back in 2000 with “It’s Too Late.” Now, she calls Nashville home with country artist, husband John Osborne of Brothers Osborne. Not only is Silvas an incredible performer, she’s a songwriter who has collaborated with Natalie Hemby, Tenille Townes, and Daniel Tashian.
4. The War & Treaty
The War and Treaty is a dynamic husband-and-wife duo who was recently named Emerging Act of the Year at the Americana Awards following a prolific 2018 thanks to their debut “Healing Tide,” which landed them on notable year-end lists including NPR Music and Rolling Stone.
5. Bishop Gunn
This local band calls Leiper’s Fork home when they aren’t on the road opening for acts like Guns n Roses, Rolling Stones, and Kid Rock. The gritty sound of the Natchez paired with a Southern rock sound has put this band on our list. Their live performance is one not to miss.
6. Wynonna & The Big Noise
Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times best-selling author, Wynonna has always revolved her career around telling stories. Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo The Judds, or with a solo career, she’s a true entertainer. Last week, Wynonna just released “The Child” with Cass McCombs.
The reunited original line-up of +LIVE+ is even stronger than before, Ed Kowalczyk (vocals, guitar), Chad Taylor (guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums, percussion) performed with both fire and emotional heart. They reminded audiences worldwide how potent they are as a live act, playing songs from albums that have sold over 22 million copies worldwide (including two number one albums, Throwing Copper and Secret Samadhi).
8. Songhoy Blues
Songhoy Blues are the future of African rock n’ roll. Steeped in the deep traditions of classic Malian music & desert blues fused with a youthful & super-charged sound of today, these 4 young men from Timbuktu continue marching, playing & dancing their way into the hearts & minds of music fans everywhere with their electric, eclectic & kinetic songs.
The band already counts these artists as fans- Nile Rodgers, Gary Clark Jr., Run the Jewels, Iggy Pop, Nick Zinner, Matt Sweeney & Will Oldham.
9. Conner Smith
A recent high school graduate of Brentwood Academy, Smith spent his Senior year going to school, playing baseball, and writing songs. The summer before, he opened for Sam Hunt at festivals across the country. Smith, a Brentwood native also performed at the Brentwood 50th Anniversary event at Crockett Park this summer. A debut album is in the works.