Top Five Favorite Pilgrimage Moments with Kevin Griffin #PilgrimageFave5

One Thanksgiving evening, after indulging in too much turkey, a stuffed musician went for a jog and caught a gorgeous Tennessee sunset over Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin Tennessee. As soon as he got home, he told his wife that he had to start a music festival. That musician was none other than Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra and that festival is now known as Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival.

As Pilgrimage enters into it’s third year, we thought we’d check in with Kevin Griffin to get his five favorite Pilgrimage Moments.

Kevin: Hey everybody in Pilgrimage land out there, it’s Kevin with Pilgrimage Festival and these are my five Pilgrimage greatest memories, thus far. I can’t wait to see what happens this year with Justin, Eddie, Avett Brothers, and Ryan Adams. It’s going to be nuts!

01. Pilgrimage 2015 - Cage the elephant: When Matt got out in the audience, it just blew everybody’s mind. It blew my mind, to see what a great band Cage The Elephant is.

02. Pilgrimage 2015 - Weezer: Rocking out to “Buddy Holly” when the rain came in.

03. Pilgrimage 2016 - Langhorne Slim: On the Harpeth River Stage, it was such a hot day, remember? It was a pretty good crowd, but it felt like it was sold out at Bridgestone or MSG and he took it to a whole ‘nother level.

04. Pilgrimage 2016 - Beck: Beck just blew my mind. His sound was just the best sound I think we’ve had in the past two years at Pilgrimage.

05. Pilgrimage 2016 - Willie Nelson: The sun was setting, it was a classic Tennessee sunset. Preservation Hall Jazz band got up with Willie, they got up together and it was a magical moment of musical alchemy

Have you made the Pilgrimage every year? What are some of your favorite moments? Tell us on social media using the hashtag #PilgrimageFave5 and we may share your moments!

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  • photos by (left to right)
  • Terry Wyatt
  • Jason Myers