This year, the 12th annual Americana Music Festival and Conference will take place in Nashville October 12-15. It will not only feature four days and nights of some of the best performances in the genre, but will also be the site of special panels, discussions, and seminars regarding this style of music.
Confirmed to attend "Americanafest" so far include Gregg Allman, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Justin Townes Earle, the Jayhawks, North Mississippi Allstars, Foster and Lloyd, and The Civil Wars and hundreds of key members of the music community.
Each day there will be panels at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown hotel, followed by nighttime performances at five of the city’s hottest venues. Fans will be able to see shows by both old favorites and artists brand new to the scene. With over 100 different performances planned over the four day period, there is sure to be something to please everyone. On October 13, the Americana Honors and Awards show will take place at the Ryman Auditorium. Master of ceremonies Jim Lauderdale will be joined by Buddy Miller and his All-Star house band for the show, which will be attended by several thousand music executives and fans alike.
July 31 is the final day to register for the Festival and Conference under the current early bird rate, with priority Honors and Awards show seating going to those who register before the August 1st rate increase. Americana Music Association members receive a discounted rate over non-members. Tickets to the Honors and Awards go on sale July 29 to the general public. Full Festival and Conference registrants receive entrance to all sanctioned daytime conference music, panels and parties, plus priority access to all evening showcase performances, and a ticket to the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards show. Registration is online at americanamusic.org.