The Tennessee Music Festivals You Need to Attend
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The Tennessee Music Festivals You Need to Attend

You don't have to travel around the nation to hear the Soundtrack of America. Just come to Tennessee where it was born and bred.

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*Dates reflect the 2019 calendar year

Music is a year-round event in Tennessee, so add these festivals to your calendar and the artists to your Tennessee playlist. It's the perfect soundtrack to your vacation, made right here, in Tennessee.

Beale Street Music Festival - Memphis 

Fuse TV named Beale Street Music Festival, happening May 3-5, 2019, one of the Top 26 music festivals in the U.S. and for good reason. The Beale Street Music Festival takes place for three days, bringing together an eclectic mix of bands and solo artists to four stages, giving its thousands of fans something for everyone. The 2019 lineup includes Cardi B, The Killers, Dave Matthews Band, Khalid, G-Eazy, OneRepublic, India Arie and more. Tickets are on sale. 

Riverbend Music Festival - Chattanooga

Every summer more than 500,000 people hit the streets of downtown Chattanooga to enjoy great music and delicious food, with the view of America's Scenic City glowing in the background. The festival, happening May 30-June 1, 2019, offers five stages with more than 100 bands featuring world class entertainment. The festival is wrapped up every year with one of the region's best fireworks displays. The 2019 lineup will be announced in the coming months, but already includes Keith Urban on May 31. 

CMA Music Festival - Nashville

CMA Music Festival takes place June 6-9, 2019 on several stages in downtown Nashville. Big name country stars like Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert have performed during the night concerts. Each day, however, thousands of festival goers can take advantage of the free concerts happening around downtown. You never know who will show up to play on stage, but get there early each morning for your chance to see Ricky Skaggs, John Carter Cash and the Marshall Tucker Band. The 2019 lineup includes evening performances at Nissan Stadium by Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, A Thousand Horses, Maddie & Tae and so many more.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Manchester

Bands as famous as U2 and Elton John, Judah & the Lion and Betty Who have all played for the thousands who will once again flock June 13-16, 2019 to the 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. The farm becomes a city with various events like yoga, silent disco, food, merchandise and sustainability practices on top of some of the best artists on the charts. The 2019 lineup will be one to remember with artists like Cardi B, Childish Gambino, stars from the Grand Ole Opry, The Lumineers, Post Malone, Odesza among many others. Tickets and packages are on sale now.

Music City Jazz Festival - Nashville 

The Music City Jazz Festival July 19-20, 2019 in downtown Nashville's Public Square Park is more than an outdoor concert. It's an event of eating, drinking, mingling, relaxing, soaking in the rays and amazing music performed by national recording smooth jazz artists. The festival features classy veterans who have set the jazz standard and young protege's taking the jazz scene by storm. They all capture the spirit of smooth jazz that knows no boundaries in exhilarating performances. This year's lineup is soon to be announced. 

Fire on the Water Music Festival - Gallatin 

Enjoy two stages of more than 10 acts, craft brews from local breweries, bonfires, fire entertainers, food trucks and more Aug. 3, 2019 on the banks of Old Hickory Lake. Listen while floating on a boat or while lounging on land as the festival celebrates Sumner County as the home of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison. The 2019 lineup will be announced soon. 

Muddy Roots Festival - Cookeville

Muddy Roots Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2019. Named a top festival by both Rolling Stone and Garden & Gun, experience three days of music with artists in a variety of genres from traditional country to punk, camping, vintage cars, vendors, and pinups. You can also chill at Waterloo Falls near the festival grounds; and pre- or post-festival, explore more than 150 waterfalls within a 40-mile radius of downtown Cookeville. Come for the music and leave with a newfound community.

Americana Music Festival - Nashville

Thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals will make their way Sept. 10-15, 2019 to various venues around Nashville. Jewel, The Vespers, Patty Griffin, Glen Hansard, Buddy Miller, and Parker Millsap are just some of the artists who have participated. More than 165 showcases in venues around downtown Nashville give guests an insight on why Nashville truly is Music City. The 2019 lineup is currently being planned. 

Cooper-Young Festival - Memphis 

The city's largest historic district, Cooper-Young welcomes thousands and more than 400 artisans from around the U.S. Sept. 14, 2019 to share their art. Music performances range in sound from R&B to reggae to pop and gospel.

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival - Franklin

The festival takes place Sept. 21-22, 2019. It was created to bring a meaningful, music experience to its attendees. The region's best food and drink will be available and merchants selling art and crafts round out the festival's offerings. Everyone from Justin Timberlake to Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson and Beck have played at this festival. The 2019 details and stellar lineup will be announced soon. 

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion - Bristol

At this award-winning music festival, the roots of traditional Appalachian music are brought to life through talented musicians Sept. 20-22, 2019. Known as the birthplace of country music, Bristol's music history runs deep and have been celebrated by nationally-known artists like Old Crow Medicine Show, Moon Taxi, Mike Farris & The Roseland Rhythm Revue, Dr. Dog, Steve Earle & The Dukes and many more. The 2019 lineup will be announced soon. 

Tina Turner Heritage Days - Brownsville 

World icon and Nutbush, Tennessee native, Tina Turner, Sept. 27-29, 2019. Live music, tours of Nutbush and the Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School, food and fan gatherings take place. The performance lineup will be announced soon. 

Big Ears Festival - Knoxville

Musicians and visual artists come together to hold one of the most "earth-shattering, subtly luminous festivals the world over," as described by The Oxford American Magazine. It's part interactive experience, part music festival, part artistic performance in film and visual arts that all culminates into a festival you don't want to miss. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2020 festival dates in the coming weeks.  

 

Hear traditional American roots music during Uncle Dave Macon Days Sept. 25-26, 2020 on the lawn of the Courthouse in downtown Murfreesboro. The festival's national competitions in music and dance are some of the best worldwide. Hear old-time music as the festival pays homage to Uncle Dave Macon, Grand Ole Opry star and Country Music Hall of Fame member. Performances by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Cleverlys and more will perform. 

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