Justin Timberlake Headlines Tennessee’s Pilgrimage Fest | See the Highlights Here

Justin Timberlake delivered his first full U.S. performance of 2017 – during which he brought out surprise guests and belted out “A Change is Gonna Come” at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Franklin, Tenn. this weekend.

Justin Timberlake speaks in Santa Monica, Calif.

Justin Timberlake speaks on stage at Barker Hangar on Sept. 8, 2017, in Santa Monica, Calif. | Christopher Polk/Getty Images for EIF

Timberlake, who signed on as producer of the festival last year, brought on stage country singer Chris Stapleton and his wife and singing partner, Morgane Stapleton. “Just when I thought I had the best beard onstage,” Timberlake joked as the couple joined him, while “Tennessee Whiskey” started up. Timberlake and Stapleton had performed the song together previously as well, at the Country Music Awards.

The trio went on to sing “Fire Away” and “Sometimes I Cry,” both songs from Stapleton’s 2015 album “Traveller.” Timberlake made the suggestion that whenever either he or Stapleton played in Tennessee, the other be there as well.

Among his own solo hits Timberlake performed prior to being joined by the Stapletons were 2002 hit “Cry Me a River” and 2013 hit “Drink You Away.”

Other highlights of the festival, which took place in a suburb of Nashville, included Eddie Vedder’s 70-minute-long headlining solo set, during which the Pearl Jam singer took a knee in front of the audience.

Eddie Vedder performs

Eddie Vedder performs during the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival on Sept. 24, 2017 in Franklin, Tenn. | Mickey Bernal/Getty Images for Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

Earlier in the day, Pearl Jam issued a statement in support of NFL’s Seattle Seahawks after the team remained in the locker room during the National Anthem Sunday to show they “will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country.”

In addition to Vedder’s taking a knee at the concert Sunday, Pearl Jam also tweeted support for the Seahawks’ decision.

In addition to the performances by Timberlake, the Stapletons, and Vedder, the festival’s stage on Saturday saw the likes of pop band The Shadowboxers, country artist Nikki Lane, Franklin-native, Indie-rock band Colony House, and rock quartet Walk the Moon. Sunday’s lineup included alternative rock artist Langhorne Slim, Indie rock band Fitz and the Tantrums, and singer Ryan Adams.