By Ken Paulson –

Our favorite event of the year is – for obvious reasons – the Americana Music Festival in Nashville. This year, the line-ups and complementary events are particularly robust. A festival that once cranked up on Wednesday is in full swing already. Here’s what Tuesday looks like:

Grimey’s hosts the Americana Music Festival kick-off event at 5 p.m., with shows by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Joana Serrat, Joseph Huber, the Steel Woods, Jesse Dayton and Zach Schmidt.

At 6 p.m., Will Kimbrough and friend take the Americana Music Festival stage at Fond Object Records, 1313 McGavock Pike. Guests include Tommy Womack and the Red Dirt Boys. (Kimbrough and Womack – “Daddy” – pictured above.)

At 7 p.m., the Belcourt Theatre will screen “50 Years of Blonde on Blonde in Concert,” featuring Old Crow Medicine Show. At 7:30 p.m., a stage production called “The People Sing!” is scheduled for War Memorial Auditorium. The show features Hayes Carll, Allison Moorer and many more in an exploration of the fight for freedom and justice in America.

And don’t miss Will Hoge at the High Watt at 10 p.m.