The Avett Brothers join Justin Timberlake in Pilgrimage Festival lineup

The Avett Brothers have been tabbed to join headliner Justin Timberlake at the third annual Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tenn. The festival will be held Sept. 23-24 at the Park in Harlinsdale in Franklin, Tenn. The lineup, announced Tuesday, also includes Eddie Vedder, Mavis Staples, Ryan Adams, Gary Clark Jr., Better Than Ezra, and Walk the Moon. The Avett Brothers -- brothers Scott and Seth Avett along with Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon -- meld bluegrass, punk, folk, rock, honky-tonk and country influences into a unique Americana sound that has earned them devoted fans and three Grammy Awards nominations. Scott and Seth Avett, who both studied visual arts at East Carolina University, played in the Greenville rock band Nemo -- which morphed into The Avett Brothers. The group played venues around town including Chico's and Freeboot Friday. They have played at both the Lollapalooza and Bonaroo festivals. The Pilgrimage Festival is held on a former horse farm that is now a city park. The diverse lineup of artists often play partly acoustic sets and join together for one-time collaborations on stage. Regional food and drink also is featured.

Two-day passes are $175 and are on sale online now.

The Avett Brothers also will perform during the 30th annual MerleFest "traditional plus" music festival, which will be held April 27-30 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.

Also performing at MerleFest are James Taylor; Zac Brown Band; Greenville's Sunday in the Park performers Steep Canyon Rangers and The Green Grass Cloggers with Strictly Strings; Bela Fleck; Tift Merritt; and Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives.