With Sept. 18 right around the corner, the Americana Music Festival isn't done surprising fans with major announcements of Showcase performances. Today, Aug. 21, they announced three big curated shows from three of the biggest names in Americana Music, Ed Helms, Bob Harris, and Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett.
Helms, who is best known for his acting work in movies like "The Hangover" and television shows like "The Office", is known in Americana circles as the founder of The Bluegrass Situation, a website and concert series dedicated to providing a giant spotlight for some of roots music's rising stars. Having already curated a stage at this year's Bonnaroo festival, Helms will bring his Bluegrass Situation to Americanafest as well. After the Americana Awards and Honors show on Sept. 18, Helms will take over ONE, in the Cannery Row complex of venues, for a special Midnight Windup. So far, no guests have been announced for the show, only the promise of "a cavalcade of their closest friends, favorite artists, and surprise guests."
The second curated show will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Downtown Presbyterian Church. Communion Presents, an artist-led organization co-founded by Mumford & Sons' Ben Lovett, will put on a show from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Appearing at Communion Presents will be Bear's Den, Willy Mason, The Lone Bellow, Black Prairie, and Justin Townes Earle.
The third curated show will feature legendary British radio host "Whispering Bob" Harris. Harris' shows are in large part responsible for the explosion in popularity of Americana music in England in the last few years. Long a friend and attendee of the Americana Music Festival, Harris will bring his "BBC Introducing" program to Americanafest for the first time. Launched in 2007, "BBC Introducing" has been the BBC's launching pad for unsigned and under the radar musicians in the UK and has since extended to major festivals like Glastonbury and SXSW. Harris will be at the Hard Rock Cafe on Sept. 20 from 5-8 p.m. to bring 3 of the hottest young acts at Americanafest. The show will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
The Americana Music Festival will be held Sept. 18-21 in venues throughout Nashville.