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Kevin Griffin on Pilgrimage Music and the ‘Feel’ of Cultural Festivals – Hollywood Life



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Kevin Griffin is hollywood lifeAt the time, the 2022 edition was less than three weeks away. pilgrimage music culture festival (Tomorrow, September 24th and 25th at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee.) Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlyle, The Avett Brothers, Elle King, John Baptiste, It is a lineup that piled up with better than ezra The frontman and co-founder of the festival didn’t care about the details. “Honestly, it’s kind of like summer camp. The next week, when everyone starts coming in and it’s calm and doing postmortems and cleaning things up and cleaning up the park, it’s that ‘sad end of camp.’ The atmosphere is like

“Me and my partner, W. Blunt Wood When Michael Whelan We were lucky enough to go to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival,” said Griffin. “What Jazz Fest is, it’s a celebration of the best music, food, culture, artisans and merchants in the Southern Gulf — New Orleans is sprawling — and indie hipsters and scene stars with kids and families. – And we have a big foundation, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, which supports the city’s music programs and various charitable organizations. Family friendly. Cool. “

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“And being musically attractive and family friendly are not mutually exclusive. They can exist together. That’s the case at the Family Stage and Mare Barn Theatre, where families can enjoy the sights and sounds of the festival all day long, watching Jon Baptiste and Brandi Carlill wrap up on stage at Gold Record Road and Midnight Sun on Saturday. You can see.

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A pilgrimage offers its own unique experience. When Kevin moved to Franklin, Tennessee in his 2013, he wanted to bring that “jazz-his-fest feeling” into his new home. “Even in 2013, Bonnaroo was already there. Maybe you’ve been to Bonnaroo, partyed in a tent, and have a family, or you want good food and you’re thinking, “Oh, I’m still digging for cool music.” . It’s amazing what we can do in this city. Just click. “

Backing “Click” this year is focused on Americana music. “If you look at past lineups,” says Kevin. There have been years, like this year, that leaned toward Americana country. Some years were more pop oriented. Justin Timberlake When walk the moonAnd more rock-like Foo Fighters When murdererAnd we’re feeling what we’re doing and what we’re feeling in the year feel like that year. “

“Sometimes the line-up doesn’t come together,” says Griffin. “Sometimes it’s accidental, sometimes it’s intentional. This year we rocked in Chris Stapleton and Brandi. And we always wanted to get John Baptiste – and I He’s not doing the festival because he’s dealing with his wife’s illness, so we’re very grateful he’s there. But this is a very specific piece of land that we’re aiming for this year, and we feel we made the right choice.”

but actually pilgrimage music culture festival What stands out among the rest is its focus on the latter part of the title: culture.the griffin speaks hollywood life It’s not just ‘lip service’ or branding, it’s a celebration of the region’s influence on contemporary music. “There is a huge tent called the American Music Triangle Tent, and the triangle that surrounds the Mississippi Delta is the Music Triangle. Drawing a triangle from New Orleans to Memphis, Nashville, and back to New Orleans, the area from Louisiana to Mississippi to Alabama to Tennessee is not only a center of American music (rock, blues jazz), but it It is permeating the whole world.

“So Greenville Cleveland, Tupelo, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans, Memphis, all the cities in the Triangle have tents, and San Antonio has Tejano music, and they all have booths. there is and we have Mike Wolf from american pickers I organize my room with all these antiques collected from his private warehouse. Entering this tent is like stepping back in time. There are people on stage talking about the genre of music, and there are artists exhibiting it. We really stepped up the cultural part this year. “

“we black opryIt was just this incredible power and organization for black artists in Americana and country space,” he says. “And on Sundays, we have Southern gospel services to start the day. It’s a non-denominational festival of gospel music.”

So I think we are already excited for this year. We will look back with admiration for delving so deeply into music, culture and history for the cultural part of the festival. How to bring that to people so they can see what they have in their own backyard and be proud of it? And it’s really, really cool to bring that up to new generations. but cannot be held responsible for it. Heading the cultural part is my partner’s one of his, Brant Wood. And it’s really cool. “

“We were unabashedly tribute to the New Orleans Jazz Fest,” concludes Griffin. “They do it very well — culturally, that DNA is about their festivals, and they’ve brought it to Mid Tennessee in their own way.”

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