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Americana Music Association Wraps Another Successful Festival & Conference

Americana Music Association Wraps Another Successful Festival & Conference

// 9.25.15

 

Americana Music Association Wraps Another Successful 
Festival & Conference 
2016’s Americana Music Fest & Conference Will Be Held 
Tuesday, September 20 through Sunday, September 25
 
 
 
“A lively genre embodies both the continuity and evolution of roots music.” 
- Wall Street Journal 
“Roots Music’s Past & Present Intersect at The Americana Awards.” 
- Hits Daily Double
"Americana further cemented itself as one of the country's preeminent festival."
- Rolling Stone
"Americana is less about how the music sounds than about how it's made: The common thread is singers who can sing, players who can play, and writers who can write."
-The Atlantic
 
 
 
 
With events ranging from intimate showcases to insightful panels to a sold-out, nationally broadcast awards show, the Americana Music Association's annual Festival, Conference and Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, drew thousands to Nashville to explore the past, present and future of roots music.  
Highlights included: NPR’s debut Nashville event with its “Songs We Love: Americana Edition,” and the sold-out Honors & Awards show at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium, which was streamed live via NPR, Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country and WSM-AM 650. The program will be digitally re-mastered for broadcast in an edited form later this season as part of PBS' ACL Presents series on November 21, 2015 and on Australia’s Country Music Channel (CMC).
The festival's music programming featured more than 225 official events and showcases attracting an aggregate 30,000 attendance during the week-long celebration. 
The conference slate presented approximately 200 music business leaders participating in unique panels, workshops and musical performances centered at Nashville's Hutton Hotel and throughout Music City. Conference attendance hit its capacity of more than 1,800 registrants.  
AmericanaFest garnered tremendous international attention as well with attendees, performers and panelists from Australia, Canada, Scandinavia, the UK and other parts of the globe.  
Performance highlights include sets from musical legends such as Loretta Lynn, Glen Hansard, Los Lobos, Ry Cooder with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White, Buddy Miller and Marc Ribot, Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, and Steve Earle as well as rising stars Shakey Graves, Lera Lynn, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Nikki Lane. 
The week’s events started with a Pre-Fest 50th anniversary tribute show with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which featured Jackson Browne and a host of special guests on Monday night. On Tuesday, the official Americana Kickoff Bash hosted by The Bluegrass Situation ramped up the week's activities. Wednesday’s Honors & Awards at the Ryman featured once in a lifetime moments as Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller helmed the three hour nationally broadcast program. Throughout the week, AmericanaFest 2015 featured hundreds of performances including surprise sets by Lucinda Williams and Shakey Graves and closed with a special Sunday night show by Jay Farrar, who, along with original Son Volt members Gary Hunt and Eric Heywood performed the seminal album Tracecapping off an unparalleled week of music.  
The event expanded its outreach into the Nashville community with showcases at multiple venues in seven unique city districts, partnering with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Downtown Presbyterian Church, Centennial Park's Musicians Corner, the Stone Fox, and numerous shows in retail locations like Antique Archaeology, Fond Object plus indie music mecca’ Grimey's New & Preloved Music and The Groove New and Used Vinyl & CD's, for a series of daily events. 
Following the incredible success of AmericanaFest 2015, the Association will conduct its annual Board of Directors elections for membership and will focus on increasing its already broad appeal nationally and internationally in 2016. The dates for the 2016 Americana Music Festival & Conference will be Tuesday, September 20 through Sunday, September 25.
 
 
 
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About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year including the Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. For more information, please visit www.americanamusic.org.  
 
About the Americana Music Festival & Conference
The 17th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 20-25, 2016. The event brings together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering seven days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw, battery recharging showcases each night. The Americana Honors & Awards Show is the featured performance of the festivities, taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium.  
 
The Americana Music Festival & Conference is proudly sponsored by Nissan, Tennessee Department of Tourism, Lagunitas Brewing Company, BMI, SESAC, ASCAP, AT&T, Yazoo Brewing Company, Blackberry Farm, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, 
Music City Networks, and the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.