September 06, 2023
Live music is one of the special experiences that takes front and center stage during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival each year. The glow-y activations of Great Pumpkin LumiNights, the amazing fall décor and incredible Appalachian crafts are certainly hallmarks of this guest-favorite event, but it is all lifted up by the music.
If the 2023 Harvest Festival entertainment offerings can be described in one word, that word is “diverse” - diversity in style, genre and instrumentation. Dollywood guests will be happy to know that over 1700 live performances can be experienced by music connoisseurs during this magnificent event.
Some of the top artists in Gospel music grace the stages at Dollywood this fall including the Isaacs, the Inspirations, Triumphant Quartet, Jeff and Sheri Easte , the Hoppers and the Nelons. Dollywood also is happy to welcome some newer acts in the genre like A.R.M.D. Vasilous, Sacred Steel, the Craguns and 11th Hour.
Country music also shines during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, as we welcome Grand Ole Opry stars Jeannie Seely and Dailey and Vincent. Additionally, young country artists that are making their mark in Nashville are included during our fall festival: Drake Milligan, Tigirlily Gold, Hannah Dasher and the Malpass Brothers. Three Times a Lady also will be featured as they perform spot-on selections from the Dolly Parton/Emmylou Harris/Linda Ronstadt “Trio” albums from the 1980s and 1990s.
You want blues? Dollywood features the two-fisted piano playing and storytelling of Marcia Ball, the Southern rock guitar of Tinsley Ellis, Knoxville writer and guitarist Mike Snodgrass and the legendary blues harmonica player Wallace Coleman.
What Harvest Festival would be complete without the best of American bluegrass artists like Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Dale Ann Bradley, legendary songwriter Donna Ulisse, and Allen Bibey and Grasstowne? Other bluegrass acts playing music at Dollywood include Caroline Owens, Colebrook Road, Kati Penn’s Throwdown Thursday, the Kenny and Amanda Smith Band, and the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Band.
Wait - you want music from Canada? You’re in luck, because Dollywood’s talent scouts ventured North to the music-rich province of New Brunswick in Canada and returned with some amazing artists to be our special guests during the Harvest Festival – guitar giant J.P. Cormier, singer/songwriter Dave Gunning, bluegrass band Riverbank, teen fiddlers the Lumberjills and the pride of Cap Pele’ New Brunswick – Nashville songwriter and recording artist Melanie Morgan.
The “NightTime at the Back Porch” series continues in 2023 with new, progressive artists like Redd, Robinella, Jessica Willis Fisher, Cruz Contreras, Run Katie Run and Nashville’s Rockland Road.
Finally, Dollywood will present what will seem like “a musician at every corner” with Harvest Festival troubadours such as banjo whiz Parker Collins, dancing fiddler Hillary Klug, Willow and Jesse, Amy Hall and Pink Betty, Sarah Jean, Fiddlin’ Leona and JP, and Andi Sue.
This abbreviated list is by no means complete. This does not include every guest artist, nor does it mention Dollywood’s core performances like those by the Kingdom Heirs, the Smoky Mountain String Band, Wild Roots, the Tones and Forever Country. Definitely something for everyone.
To see the full line-up of live music performances especially curated for Dollywood’s Harvest Festival, go to https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Entertainment/Special-Harvest-Entertainment.
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