NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 7, 2023) — The full schedule for AMERICANAFEST has been revealed in the 2023 mobile app, with numerous new showcases, panels and special events. Presented by the Americana Music Association, AMERICANAFEST will take place in Nashville on Sept. 19-23 across 48 venues, showcasing more than 200 artists and bands, with nearly 300 events available for attendees.
The full AMERICANAFEST schedule is available on the mobile app or online here.
A complete list of official showcasing artists is included at the end of the release. Additional AMERICANAFEST highlights include:
Business Conference: This year’s 70+ conference panels will touch on a variety of themes, including artist interviews, an inside look at the music industry, embracing inclusion and striving for systemic change, crafting a musical career and feature unique peer-to-peer meetings.
Panel spotlights include an in-depth career development examination of 49 Winchester; discussions on the future of AI, its impact on creativity and the legal questions behind it; the rise of ambient music within the Americana genre; music subjects and themes in higher education; Folkways Recordings, Sun Records and Single Lock record labels celebrating milestones and their legacies; and a retrospective looks at Hank Williams and Sam Phillips, both of whom would have turned 100 this year.
Songwriters Round: Three Voices, Three Instruments. This special acoustic round on the opening night of AMERICANAFEST features original songs from Alisa Amador on guitar, Phoebe Hunt on fiddle, and Kaia Kater on banjo. (Tuesday – 7PM at City Winery)
Americana Proud: A Voice for All. The Americana Music Association and eQuality Events celebrate the voices, songwriting, and storytelling of LGBTQIA+ artists that are part of the Americana community. Hosted by Autumn Nicholas and Vidalia Anne Gentry, Americana Proud brings artists from the margins onto the main stage where the song transcends gender, identity and orientation. (Tuesday from 8PM – 10PM at City Winery)
Want Symphonic: Rufus Wainwright with the Nashville Symphony. Presented in partnership with AMERICANAFEST, Rufus Wainwright makes his can’t-miss Nashville Symphony debut. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of Want One and Want Two—the two albums that fueled his meteoric rise in the UK and across Europe—Rufus will perform both albums in their entirety, song for song, with beautiful orchestral arrangements performed by the Nashville Symphony. Please Note: This is a ticketed event. Tickets are available at the Nashville Symphony website. (Tuesday – 7:30PM at Schermerhorn Symphony Center)
The Pitch Meeting. It may be Nashville’s most innovative open mic night. After taking just a few moments to learn key changes, tempos and bridges, the Pitch Meeting musicians give a full-band feel to acoustic artists they’ve never met – with electric guitars, a rhythm section, harmony singers, keyboards, and horns. AMERICANAFEST official showcasing artists are encouraged to come early to sign up for The Pitch Meeting 2nd Year Anniversary Show. (Tuesday – 7PM at 3rd & Lindsley)
NMAAM Songwriters Rounds. Official AMERICANAFEST showcasing artists will perform in-the-round inside the Roots Theater at the National Museum of African American Music in downtown Nashville. The lineup includes: AHI, Joy Clark, and Denitia (Wednesday at 12PM); Mia Borders, Julie Williams, and Thunderstorm Artis (Thursday at 12PM); and Simeon Hammond Dallas, Phillip-Michael Scales, and Yasmin Williams. (Friday at 12PM)
AMERICANAFEST at The Bluebird Café. AMERICANAFEST is proud to present the following showcases in-the-round: Rufus Wainwright & Teddy Thompson (Thursday at 6PM); Mariel Buckley, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, and Brennen Leigh (Friday at 6PM); and Mary Bragg, Sam Johnston, and SZLACHETKA (Saturday at 6PM). Please Note: These are ticketed events. Reservations for the Thursday show will open on Thursday, September 14 at 8AM CT. Reservations for the Friday and Saturday shows will open on Monday, September 18 at 8AM CT. Due to limited seating, reservations are strongly encouraged for all guests and can be made at the Bluebird Café’s website.
Musicians Corner. New West Records celebrates its 25th anniversary with a free outdoor concert featuring Rodney Crowell Trio, Buddy Miller, North Mississippi Allstars, Emily Nenni, Esther Rose, The Secret Sisters, and The Wild Feathers. (Friday from 3PM – 9PM at Centennial Park)
Relix & Dayglo Present AMERICANAFEST at Brooklyn Bowl. This all-star lineup presented by Relix & Dayglo and curated by AMERICANAFEST features official showcases from Bahamas, Cat Clyde, Sam Nelson of X Ambassadors, Shovels & Rope, and SUSTO. (Friday from 7PM – 11:45PM at Brooklyn Bowl)
Muscle Shoals in the 21st Century: Ten Years of Single Lock Records. In this AMERICANAFEST conference panel, label owners and musicians Reed Watson, Ben Tanner and John Paul White revisit highlights and lessons from a decade of operating acclaimed indie Single Lock Records and discuss Muscle Shoals music in the 21st Century and beyond. (Friday at 11:30AM). In addition, Single Lock Records takes over Exit/In with a lineup featuring Duquette Johnston, Billy Allen + The Pollies, John Paul White, Caleb Elliott, and The Prescriptions. (Saturday from 7PM-11:45PM)
Full List of AMERICANAFEST 2023 Official Showcasing Artists
Adeem the Artist
Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves
Amelia White + The Blue Souvenirs
The Arcadian Wild
The Band of Heathens
Benjamin Dakota Rogers
Billy Allen + The Pollies
Blue Water Highway
Boo Ray and His Shod-Hot Band
Dan Tyminski Band
David Nance & Mowed Sound
David Wax Museum
Dawn Landes and Friends Perform The Liberated Woman’s Songbook
Ever More Nest
Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane
The Hanging Stars
Jason Hawk Harris
Jenny Owen Youngs
John Paul White
JP Harris’ Dreadful Wind & Rain
Kevin Daniel & The Bottom Line
The Lil Smokies
Maya de Vitry
The McCrary Sisters
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Mike Stinson & Johnny Irion
North Mississippi Allstars
The Pink Stones
Rodney Crowell Trio
Sam Nelson of X Ambassadors
Sarah Lee Guthrie
Sean Della Croce
The Secret Sisters
The Sensational Barnes Brothers
Shovels & Rope
Simeon Hammond Dallas
Sons of the East
Sons of Town Hall
Steep Canyon Rangers
Them Dirty Roses
Three Times A Lady
A Tribute to Loretta Lynn
The Two Tracks
Vidalia Anne Gentry
The Wandering Hearts
The Watson Twins
West Texas Exiles
The Wheelhouse Rousters
The Wild Feathers
The Wilder Blue
William Tyler & The Impossible Truth
2023 AMERICANAFEST Festival Passes are now on sale to the public at $149. Available online here, Festival Passes allow admission into all evening showcase venues and select sanctioned special events. Conference+Festival Passes are currently on sale at the rate of $499 ($399 for Americana Music Association Members). Conference+Festival Pass rates increase to $549 for all attendees on Sept. 1.
For the full list of festival performers, download the AMERICANAFEST app, or view the lineup online here.
For more information and to purchase an AMERICANAFEST pass, visit americanamusic.org.
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The 23rd annual AMERICANAFEST will take place September 19-23, 2023 in Nashville, Tenn., once again bringing together music industry professionals and fans alike for five days of discovery, insight and connections. AMERICANAFEST showcases hundreds of artists and bands throughout many notable venues in Nashville, TN. The destination event also features a first-rate industry conference, bringing together the top tier of the music business to discuss current industry topics and issues. Musical festivities are kicked off by the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards, which celebrates luminaries and welcomes the next generation of trailblazers while offering one-of-a-kind performance pairings at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. For more information, please visit www.americanamusic.org.
About the Americana Music Association and Americana Music Foundation:
The Americana Music Association (501(c)6) and its educational arm, the Americana Music Foundation (501(c)3), are professional not-for-profit organizations whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world and to preserve Americana music through education. The Association and its Foundation endeavors are to strengthen understanding, awareness and appreciation of cultural heritage, shine a light on inspiration and promote future creators’ capacity and engagement. Together, the two entities produce educational programs, musical performances and public events; including AMERICANAFEST, the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program, NYU’s Americana Artist-In-Residence program and the Smithsonian’s Roots to Pop series.
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