Inspired by the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Franklin, Tennessee’s Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is one that celebrates the city’s history. In just its fifth year, the festival has managed to book both upcoming and legendary acts in rock and roll, soul, and indie genres (just to name a few).
In the past, the event has been headlined by Justin Timberlake, Beck, Jack White, Chris Stapleton, Weezer, and Lionel Richie. While the Franklin festival isn’t for another couple of months, it’s about time we take a look at the heavy hitting headliners gracing the festival with their presence this year.
We know them, we love them.
Since gracing us with their 2004 debut album Hot Fuss, The Killers have been hard to ignore. Synth-pop and modern rock styles fuse perfectly together to create a sound that is timeless. Want proof? Try to ignore “Mr. Brightside” when it comes on the radio or at karaoke. I dare you.
Leon Bridges has brought an effortlessly cool and classic sound to modern days. His 2018 record Good Thing has brought him much acclaim; even earning the artist a Grammy for Tradtional R&B Performance for the album’s track “Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand.”
This quintessential rock band needs no introduction. It’s been a couple of decades since their 1995 self-titled release, and Foo Fighters are still pumping out badass rock songs. If you think their songs are legendary, wait until you see their shows.
Will anything ever truly be as rock and roll as Dave Grohl breaking his leg on stage and returning the same night to finish out the show? I digress.
Whether it’s rock, country, or rhythm and blues, this line up truly has something for everyone. You can get tickets here.