Holy Lord Almighty!
I got two HUGE music festivals going on to complete 2014 right now.
I got TONS of preparations right now for Muddy Roots Music Festival in Cookeville Tn at the
Junebug Ranch AND I got Outlaw Fest in Bowling Green Kentucky in October.
BOTH festivals have been really nice to O’l Gary since I started reporting on them.
I TRY to report on as many festivals as I can for all Country related genres
and THIS ONE going on in Nashville is going to take some time to fully
I’m not going to lie..I got HUNDREDS of bands to delve into on this one!
And this event is going to be HUGE!
And you can daggum sure bet I’ll have MORE articles to follow for you
to learn more about the artists and bands involved.
AND PLUS there’s so many ways to pay to see it and places to go
it’s hard to actually grasp this whole deal.
As a consumer..and in this instance I AM…I PAY just like you do
It’s really confusing.
As far as I CAN SURMISE there are four ways to see this event.
1. Becoming an Americana Music Association Member or registering for
the conference. This ranges from 365-515.00 right now.
2. Buy a wristband for 50 dollars, BUT this does NOT include the awards
banquet or the daily events or the Riverfront Park Shows.
3. Open To The Public. This option is venue capacity only.
Prices of admission vary upon the venue’s discretion.
4. A 99 dollar wristband gets you the same as the 50 dollar one
and also includes the Riverfront shows.
Also,some of these choices include or do not include the Hall Of Fame
which right now features Alan Jackson’s car.
For MORE details go HERE.
This event is almost as huge as Fan Fair (I’m sorry I REFUSE to call it CMA Fest).
There are event going on ALL OVER the place and they keep pouring into my
inbox like firecrackers!
Just TONS of acts and bands and artists..holy cow!
First I will tell you about the venues that will have nightly
showcases of the bands and artists.
3rd And Lindsley
The High Watt
ALL of these venues will be 20 at the door if you choose the THIRD option.
And once they are full they are full, there will be NO STANDING ROOM ALLOWED
for ANY of the performances scheduled to be at ANY of these venues.
Also there will be features and shows on Music City Roots as well.
I’m telling you this is going to be completely NUTS…BETTER than Fan Fair!
Is there a shuttle bus?
Yes. All wristband wearers are invited to use the bus, which travels from the
conference center to all participating venues.
What does my wristband entitle me to?
Wristband wearers may attend ALL evening showcases at ALL participating venues ALL nights.
In the event of a line, laminate badge holders do have priority access.
Can I buy tickets for individual showcases?
Yes. However, tickets for individual showcases are $20. You only have access to that one venue.
In the event of a line, priority goes to laminate badge wearers, the wristband wearers, then
individual ticket holders.
How do I purchase a wristband?
Wristbands will be available for purchase at all participating venues, mercylounge.com, the
registration desk at the conference center and select retail outlets. Wristbands will NOT be mailed to you.
Where do I pick up my wristband?
Wristbands ordered through mercylounge.com will be available for pick up at the Cannery Row complex.
Wristbands will NOT be mailed to you.
Will wristbands sell out if I don’t buy them in advance?
Probably not, but the possibility exists.
Are wristbands refundable?
Can I get into the award show with a wristband?
Can I get into the Riverfront Park event featuring The Avett Brothers with a wristband?
Will I receive a letter confirming that my wristband purchase was made?
Yes. We ask that you bring it with you.
What happens if I lose my wristband?
You will need to buy another one.
Does my wristband guarantee entry to the venues?
Yes, in most cases. In the event of a line, laminate badge wearers have priority access. If there is a show you just cannot miss, we suggest you arrive to the venue prior to the first showcase of that night.
Will wristbands be mailed to me?
I am 17 years old. May I go to a show at an 18+ or 21+ venue if I am with my parents?
The Station Inn welcomes you with your parents. The Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom, The High Watt
and The Basement have strict age policies. These venues are “bar settings” and do not allow minors
to attend, regardless of parental accompaniment. They are unable to negotiate on this point.
The Rutledge and 3rd and Lindsley are 18+ venues, also regardless of parental accompaniment.
Now that I hopefully answered all your immediate questions, how about a schedule?
I was hoping you wouldn’t ask…just kidding!
Tuesday, September 16
Steelism In-store at Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
Songwriters in the Round presented by 30A Songwriters Festival
Leftover Salmon featuring Bill Payne of Little Feat
Wednesday, September 17
Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds
Caleb Klauder Country Band
The Barefoot Movement
The Cactus Blossoms
Jonny Two Bags
Todd Snider & Friends
The Bluegrass Situation Late Night Windup
Thursday, September 18
Sharde Thomas and the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band Chris Smither
Lee Ann Womack
Leo ‘Bud’ Welch
Emily Barker & The Red Clay
Halo Frank Fairfield
Joe Pug Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine)
r Gregory Alan
Cantrell Robert Ellis
Buddy Miller Marty Stuart
Bobby Bare, Jr.
The Black Lillies
y Lake Street Dive
The Stray Birds
Ben Miller Band
Police Dog Hogan
Sound Robyn Hitchcock
The Paul Thorn Band
Friday, September 19
Tim Carroll’s Rock ‘n Roll Happy Hour
s Howard Fishman
Joe Purdy Sons
of Bill Suzy Bogguss
The Mae Trio The Silks
Falls Hayes Carll
Jonah Tolchin Marah Presents: Mountain Minstrelsy Matthew Ryan Oh Susanna The Hot Nut Riveters
J.D. Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers
Quebe Sisters Band
The Devil Makes Three
and Noel McKay Danny & The Champions of the World
Green River Ordinance
Peter Bradley Adams
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer
Chatham County Line
Shakey Graves The Bros.
Landreth Truth & Salvage Co
Saturday, September 20
The Brothers Comatose
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys
Over the Rhine
Cory Chisel’s Soul Obscura
Aaron Lee Tasjan
Grace and Tony Liz
Mayfield Paul Burch
Billy Joe Shaver
Lera Lynn Matt the Electrician
Miss Tess & the Talkbacks
Bradford Lee Folk
The Deadly Gentlemen
New Country Rehab
Steep Canyon Rangers
Tony Joe White
Blackie & the Rodeo Kings
Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons
Jones Rebecca Frazier and Hit and Run The Danberrys
Sunday, September 21
Post AmericanaFest Sunday All Dayer