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Tennessee Strikes a Chord with its Music Offerings

Tennessee's music festivals and venues for everyone's taste.

By Emily McMackin on February 1, 2016

Tennessee Festivals
Tennessee / Courtesy of Joshua Brasted

The popularity of Tennessee as a center of all genres of music can be seen in a number of popular music festivals held around the state each year. Just a sample:

Riverbend Music Festival in Chattanooga

A 9-day music festival with nine stages attracts more than 600,000 visitors each year along the banks of the Tennessee River.

The Country Music Association Music Festival in Nashville

The four-day event features more than 70 hours of live music and 30 hours of autograph signing by over 400 country music artists.

Smithville Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival

The event attracts thousands of musicians, music lovers and arts and crafts people and features Appalachian folk singing (solo/duet), individual performers, youth square dancing, old time fiddle bands and Gospel singing.

Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

The two-day event celebrates various Memphis cultures with a diverse mix of events from local performers and musicians presenting a wide variety of Memphis Music including rock, rap, gospel, blues, jazz, spoken word, marching bands, and folk music on six indoor and outdoor stages.


The annual four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester brings together 80,000 music fans to hear some of the biggest names in popular music perform.

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