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AmericanaFest celebrates 20 years of powerful music

The 20th annual AmericanaFest will kick off Tuesday afternoon, bringing hundreds of Americana artists to venues across Nashville for six days of music, networking and more.

The week includes a conference which allows industry professionals to attend panels and other educational events, along with hundreds of performances throughout the city and the Americana Music Awards show.

The week’s massive lineup features long-time Americana staples like Tanya Tucker and Andrew Bird, rising newcomers like Jade Bird and everything in between. Belmont alumna Brandy Clark will close out the festival with a showcase on Sunday night at 3rd and Lindsley.

Just as diverse as the artists who will play in them, the more than 50 AmericanaFest venues include Exit/In, Two Old Hippies, Acme Feed and Seed and more.

The biggest event of the week — the Americana Music Awards — will return to the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday night, honoring Americana’s best music and artists. The show will feature performances from big names like Mumford and Sons, Brandi Carlile and John Prine.

Each year, AmericanaFest showcases the work done by the Americana Music Association, which works to promote the genre and provide opportunities for artists. It started with a small meeting of industry professionals at South by Southwest, but has since grown to draw more than 50,000 attendees in 2018.

Though most AmericanaFest-goers purchase a festival pass or register for the conference to gain access to all of the week’s events, many venues give the public the opportunity to buy a ticket at the door for $15-25, as long as there is enough space at the show. The full schedule of showcases is available here.

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