Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 Americana Music Festival
The Americana Music Association's 19th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference -- also known as AmericanaFest -- will take over Nashville in mid-September. Merging the contributing musical influences of roots, folk, country, blues and soul music, the Americana Music Festival showcases both legendary acts and up-and-coming new musicians on the scene.
Below, The Boot has rounded up all of the important details about AmericanaFest 2018.
When and Where Is the 2018 Americana Music Festival & Conference?
The Americana Music Festival & Conference is scheduled to take place Sept. 11-16, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Events will occur at nearly 60 different live venues across the city, including 3rd & Lindsley, the Basement and the Basement East, the High Watt, Mercy Lounge, City Winery, the Station Inn, Musician’s Corner, the 5 Spot, Third Man Records, 12th & Porter and the historic Ryman Auditorium, among others. The host hotel for the conference portion of the week is the Westin Nashville.
Who’s Performing at the 2018 Americana Music Festival?
AmericanaFest will feature hundreds live performances at dozens of Nashville's most prominent venues, with the spotlighted artists, from newcomers to legends, hailing from across the broad spectrum of Americana music. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Brandy Clark, American Aquarium, Lee Ann Womack, Ruston Kelly, the Ghost of Paul Revere, Vandoliers and many more are set to perform during the festival. For a complete lineup of performers, visit the Americana Music Festival website.
What Other Events Are Happening During the 2018 Americana Music Festival?
In addition to hundreds of live shows, the conference portion of AmericanaFest will feature numerous panels, seminars, exclusive daytime performances and much more. The events 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.
The 2018 Americana Music Honors & Awards also take place during AmericanaFest. The event recognizes distinguished members of the Americana music industry and awards honors to a select few. This year, the ceremony will take place on Sept. 12 at the Ryman Audtiorium; nominees include Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and Margo Price.
How Can I Attend the 2018 Americana Music Festival?
Passes and wristbands for the Americana Music Festival & Conference are available online now, with a variety of options, including some volunteer opportunities. For newcomers to the AmericanaFest scene, organizers offer a First Timer's Guide.
I Can't Be at the 2018 Americana Music Festival ... How Else Can I Follow Along?
If you can't be at AmericanaFest 2018, The Boot will keep you up to date on all of the goings-on in Nashville throughout the festival. Over on Instagram, artists will be taking over The Boot's Instagram Stories every day of the festival. The week's takeovers will kick off on Monday (Sept. 10), when Lindsay Lou begins the week-long party. On Tuesday (Sept. 11), Tony Lucca will take the reins in advance of his Live at the Local songwriter's showcase, which readers will be able to livestream via The Boot's Facebook page.
Next up is up-and-comer Lilly Hiatt on Wednesday (Sept. 12), who will be appearing in a lineup with Lucie Silvas at the Basement East later in the week. Americana institution Jerry Douglas will be taking readers behind the scenes on Thursday (Sept. 13), and Aaron Lee Tasjan will guide viewers around the festival on Friday (Sept. 14), in between performances of songs from his brand-new album, Karma for Cheap.
The fun continues through the weekend, too: The Band of Heathens will take control on Saturday (Sept. 15), before British Americana four-piece the Wandering Hearts -- who broke into the U.S. Americana scene earlier in the summer, making their Opry debut in June -- close things out on Sunday (Sept. 16).
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