This is one of the festival articles that I put out, that will be constantly updating all month. There is just too much information to be able to publish a total survival guide on here at one time.
It’s that time once again folks where I get to swap out from Muddy Roots to the prodigious Americanafest and this one is perhaps one of the biggest extravaganzas yet! The lineup is HUGE as well as all of the side festivities that are involved with all of the music, if you try to take this whole entire festival in you’ll be worn out. So I’m going to include the intro here directly from their website:
Our 19th annual AMERICANAFEST: The Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 11th-16th, 2018, gathering thousands of artists, fans, and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. With planning already underway, 2017 promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone who loves the melting pot of Americana’s influences including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music. Each year, AMERICANAFEST℠ brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars, fans, and industry professionals for six days of music and education.
Our conference portion features numerous panels, seminars, exclusive day time performances, and much more, proudly providing Nashville’s most educational music industry forum. This special event covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all enthusiastically attended and presented by music industry leaders. And FYI, you do not have to be a member of the Americana Music Association℠ or in the music industry to purchase a conference registration and attend all the events. We encourage all music lovers to be apart of the conference experience.
If you choose not to be a part of the entire AMERICANAFES experience through a conference registration, then our festival wristband is the option for you. For six nights, AMERICANAFEST will feature 230+ live performances at almost 40 of Nashville’s most prominent venues and much, much, more! However, wristbands do not guarantee entry if venue is at capacity. In the event of a line, conference registrants have priority access. If there is a must see band on your list we suggest arriving to the venue early.
You can purchase all admission wristbands HERE that will get you any avenue of admission you wish to include yourself in.
($199 – 499)
What do I have access to with the conference registration?
All conference and festival events! A Conference Registration badge allows you access to every single event in our program guide including education panels, parties, luncheons, showcase performances and additional various events. Registration prices vary upon membership or date of purchase. With a Conference Registration you will be able to purchase up to two tickets for the Honors and Awards show.
Please note, some events will require an RSVP, so watch your inbox for the invitation. Please use a unique email address for each attendee when you register. Multiple people with the same email address will miss out on invite only events. If you have opted out from receiving our emails, you will also miss out on these events. You may opt back in by joining our email list here. You will receive an email asking you to confirm this.
What do I have access to with the festival wristband?
A Festival Wristband gets you into all six nights of performances at any of the official showcase venues. Also, you are welcome to attend various special events and parties to be announced. When the full schedule is released, the event will clearly indicate if wristband holders may attend. In 2016, wristband holders were welcome to attend an additional 46 events. This wristband is the best valued festival access in the nation. You definitely get a huge bang for your buck!
Nashville’s airport is designed to keep you moving, with an easy flow to and from the terminal’s 45 gates. The award-winning airport features a range of dining and retail options, two massage bars, a nail salon, terminal-wide Wi-Fi access, an extensive Arts at the Airport program featuring visual art and live entertainment, a full-service business center with foreign currency exchange – and even space for one last meeting before you head home. Airport Information Center: Call 615-275-1675 or visit flynashville.com.
The AmericanaFest Shuttle is the free shuttle that runs between the host hotel and most AmericanaFest venues. During the daytime events, the shuttle service will be available to and from any venue that is not within a walking distance of a mile from the hotel. Please check the details of the specific event for shuttle availability once the schedule is announced. For the nightly showcases, the shuttle will make a continuous loop to every participating venue from 7pm until 1am departing approximately every 30 minutes. The shuttle service is provided as a convenience. If you need to be at a certain event at a specific time, you might consider taking alternative transportation.
American Folk with Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth Joe Purdy, American Folk with Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth The Local
The Small Glories City Winery Lounge
10:30pmAmerican Aquarium 3rd & Lindsley
Kim Richey City Winery
Lee Roy Parnell ONE
The Watson Twins Analog at Hutton Hotel
11:00pmRon Pope Mercy Lounge
Candi Staton 12th & Porter
Luke Winslow-King The High Watt
The Lone Bellow Station Inn
Elise Davis The Local
11:30pmThe War and Treaty Cannery Ballroom
Aaron Lee Tasjan 3rd & Lindsley
John Carter Cash City Winery
River Whyless Analog at Hutton Hotel
11:59pmMike Farris 12th & Porter
John Paul Keith The Basement
Ryan Culwell The 5 Spot
Well folks I’m hoping to see y’all down there, I’m going to tell the honest truth here I have so many functions going on at once that month It’s uncanny. I HAD a ticket for Cody Jinks at the Ascend Ampitheater, but I got called upon for Kickin’ It On The Creek..so I dropped what I was doing for them.