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Preview: Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival 2017

Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival will kick off its third year Saturday at historic Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin, Tennessee, and features an impressive lineup of artists, local vendors and food trucks.

This year’s headliners include Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder and Ryan Adams.

Kevin Griffin, Franklin resident, Pilgrimage creator and frontman of Better Than Ezra, will perform with his band on Saturday.

Justin Timberlake, partner and co-producer of the festival, is expected to deliver a great show in the Memphis native’s home state on Saturday.

Ryan Adams will be performing as part of his tour for acclaimed album “Prisons,” released in February.

And even without Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder is expected to close Pilgrimage with a set full of Pearl Jam classics, along with solo tunes from “Ukulele Songs” and “Into the Wild.”

Gary Clark Jr. has been called the modern-day Jimi Hendrix, and will bring a fiery blues-rock set to Harlinsdale Farm this weekend. He’ll also be releasing a new album in March, and might perform a few new tracks for the Franklin crowd.

Over the past few years, The Avett Brothers have become one of the most beloved indie-folk bands of the festival scene. They released their acclaimed ninth album a few months ago but will undoubtedly also play some of their popular classics.

The legendary Mavis Staples has a lifetime of experience combining music with a passion for civil rights. This story will come out on her forthcoming album “If All I Was Was Black.” This soul legend is certainly a must-see.

New Orleans jazz-star Trombone Shorty will bring a breathtaking set full of sounds from the Big Easy’s jazz scene.

Alt-rock group The Revivalists have skyrocketed to success after hit song “Wish I Knew You,” which is just a window into the great, soulful sound of this 7-piece band.

The Franklin-based Colony House will return to their home turf this weekend. The band has two albums out and is currently touring with MuteMath after releasing “Only The Lonely” in January.

Nashville-based instrumental duo Steelism will be performing at Harlinsdale after releasing their latest full-length “ism” this summer. They’ll be bringing local songstress Ruby Amanfu — who provided lead vocals “ism” — along for the show.

Other great shows will include Amanda Shires, Jillian Jacqueline, Better Than Ezra, Shovels and Rope, Nikki Lane and Jerry Douglas.

Additionally, Lyft and American Red Cross are partnering with the festival for a disaster relief program, “Lyft Up Our Neighbors In Need.” Festival attendees can pay with both cash and PayPal at locations throughout the grounds, and Lyft will be matching each donation made up to $25,000.

While attendees can enjoy some post-summer sunshine on Saturday, they may want to pack a raincoat for Sunday, as possible light, morning showers are in the forecast.

Make sure to check back with the Vision and follow us on social media, as we’ll be posting live updates and exclusive interviews from the festival all weekend.

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