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The festival kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a salute to the recently deceased Porter Wagoner at the Tennessee State Museum at 5:30 p.m., featuring Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and other stars. Artists from all over the country will also perform in nightly concerts at various clubs around Nashville. The highlight of the festival is the Americana Honors & Awards Show at the historic Ryman Auditorium, Nov.1, starring Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and Joe Ely. Tickets for that show are available through Ticketmaster, the Ryman box office, ryman.com  and other outlets. For more on this one-of-a-kind festival, go to americanamusic.org .