In the coming months, Nashville will hold to two premiere music festivals and conferences that exemplify the musical range the “Music City” has boasted in recent years and its merit to the business itself.
Those Darlins is slated to take the stage at SoundLand.
Next Big Nashville’s re-embodiment aptly titled SoundLand will take place across several music venues in the city from Sept. 21-24.
“I’m very proud of what we have accomplished over the last several years with Next BIG Nashville but, looking forward, we saw an opportunity to push the idea of the festival even further. And that new vision deserved a new name,” Jason Moon Wilkins, Co-Founder of Next BIG Nashville said in a recent press release.
Steering away from the NBN moniker of old, SoundLand positions the showcases in a new light with the feel of a major festival, more in line with Austin’s South by Southwest, rather than the normal city showcase.
Over the last year, talent has been boosted and this year is no exception.
The lineup now features a group consisting of Foster the People, Ghostland Observatory, M Ward, Dawes, Cults, Justin Townes Earle, The Low Anthem, JEFF The Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Bonobo, Ben Sollee, Carl Broemel, Yelawolf, Big K.R.I.T., Those Darlins, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Jonny Corndawg, Robert Ellis, PUJOL, Madi Diaz, Royal Bangs, Paper Route, Caitlin Rose, The Apache Relay, Tristen, and The Kingston Springs plus many more.
In addition to the music, SoundLand will feature workshops during the day along with outdoor stages, arts, and local food trucks and will build up into an all-day party at Public Square Park in downtown Nashville on Saturday, Sept. 24.
For wristbands and more information, visit www.nbnsoudland.com.
Americana Music Fest
From Oct. 12-15, the Americana Music Association will hold its annual festival and awards show in celebration of its 10th anniversary.
During the day, conference sessions will take place at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel with panel discussions and seminars throughout each day.
The festival showcase will encompass more than 100 acts across several Nashville venues during the nightcap.
The Honors and Awards will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13 where Jim Lauderdale will again reside as host for the evening.
Confirmations for this year include Gregg Allman, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Justin Townes Earle, the Jayhawks, North Mississippi Allstars, John Oates, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Will Hoge, David Mayfield Parade, Foster & Lloyd and The Civil Wars plus other vital members of the genres’ music community.
Wristbands are available for the event at www.americanamusic.org.