All has been quiet on the festival front in the Nashville area for some time now, but on Mar. 30th, things heated up just a bit as two of the area’s festivals dropped news of interest to fans. First, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival announced two artist additions as well as clarifying the schedule a bit more with its lineup of Late Night set performers. The Americana Music Festival, which has yet to announce the lineup for its September edition, did unveil one of the biggest players in Americana music to act as its keynote speaker.
For Bonnaroo, fans have been waiting for the first round of artist additions almost since the lineup came out. Every year, festival organizers either hold back a few lineup gems or add new ones to tide fans over during the months’ long wait until they get their fix on The Farm. Additions have been especially anticipated this year as the lineup has already seen one subtraction as Mavis Staples pulled out of the festival to tour with Bob Dylan. Bonnaroo’s first round of 2016 lineup additions include just two names, but both represent popular up and coming artists. The first addition is Bryson Tiller. The Louisville-based rapper released his debut album, Trapsoul, in October, where it quickly rose to #11 on the Billboard 200. The second lineup addition is just as new, as electronic dance duo Bob Moses released their own debut album, Days Gone By, in September.
Both artists will get their chance to show off to Bonnaroo fans in a big way as they are being given two of the coveted Bonnaroo Late Night slots on Friday, June 10. Joining them for a crowded and electronics-heavy Friday Late Night slate are Tame Impala, who was confirmed as a Late Night set upon the initial lineup release, The Chainsmokers, Purity Ring, Zeds Dead, and Blood Orange. Holding down the Late Night fort on Saturday, June 11th will be Miguel, the as yet unthemed Superjam, Big Grams, Adventure Club and RL Grime.
Bonnaroo 2016 will be held June 9-12 at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tenn. Tickets can be purchased here.
Not to be outdone by its much bigger rival, Nashville’s Americana Music Festival and Conference brought out a big gun of their own as they announced that the Americanafest 2016 keynote speaker will be none other than legendary producer T Bone Burnett. A 13 time Grammy Award winner, Burnett has produced some of Americana’s best-loved works, including the much heralded soundtracks to The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou and The Hunger Games. He has also produced the supergroup New Basement Tapes, as well as Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, B.B. King, Tony Bennett and John Mellencamp among others.
The Americana Music Festival and Conference will be held Sept. 20-25 at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown and in venues throughout Nashville. Festival wristbands are not on sale yet, but fans who want to hear T Bone Burnett’s keynote speech will want to purchase a full conference registration.