RITES OF SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR ANOTHER BIG YEAR!
THE ROOTS, WOLFMOTHER AND DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS TO HEADLINE
Tickets On Sale Saturday, March 3rd – 10 a.m. CST!
WHAT: Rites of Spring Music Festival at Vanderbilt University
WHEN: Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2007
WHERE: Alumni Lawn – Vanderbilt University Campus
TIME: 3:00 pm – Gates open; 4:00 pm to 1:00 am – Music (Both days)
TICKETS: In advance: $25 – Day Pass; $40 – Weekend Pass
NASHVILLE, TN: For more than 30 years, Vanderbilt University Concerts has continually provided students and the community with the freshest artists in modern music at the annual Rites of Spring Music Festival. This year is no exception! The Roots, Wolfmother, Drive-By Truckers, Keller Williams and Mat Kearney promise to make this year's festival the most amazing yet and a best bet for spring festivals. The Rites of Spring Music Festival will take place on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2007.
Paving the way for live rap, The Roots' live shows focus more on instrumentation than samples or previously recorded material and are some of the best in the business. Pulling out hip-hop beats and rhymes, with the band's patented organic and jazzy grooves, this show is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Australian power trio, Wolfmother, has frequently been compared to heavy chord crunchers of the '70's, such as Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer. With tight, chunky chord progressions and a bombastic live show, Wolfmother has risen quickly to the top of the rock heap and just won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance, beating out rock royalty Tool and Nine Inch Nails. Like Wolfmother, the Drive-By Truckers offers a blistering live set, but with southern rock flair and a triple guitar attack. The Truckers' epic live performances, Southern rock anthems and clever storytelling have earned the band a legion of die-hard fans and critical acclaim.
Rounding out Rites of Spring are singer-songwriters Keller Williams and Mat Kearney. Multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams is known for his innovative and original methods of performing. Using acoustic guitars, while looping other instruments with a Gibson Echoplex Delay system, Williams performs solo and provides his own back-up. Coupled with his quirky, upbeat and semi-surreal songs and his warm, friendly tenor voice, this is a set that is a must see! Mat Kearney blends hip-hop beats, pop choruses, acoustic folk and spoken verses, all moving effortlessly together. Finding influence in everyone from Faulkner and O’Conner to hip-hop acts such as A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, Kearney has produced a textured sound that is completely modern, while being sincere, real and passionate.
The Rites of Spring Music Festival doesn't end with these amazing artists! Other artists confirmed for this year's festival include The Whigs, Brett Dennen, The Dynamites, JYPSI, Amos Lee, Rocco Deluca & The Burden, BANG BANG BANG and Naughty by Nature.
"We are so pleased to be able to bring such fantastic music to the Rites of Spring Music Festival every year," says Candelyn Cook, Senior Director for Student Services at Vanderbilt University. "Whether it's rock or hip-hop, we strive to bring the students at Vanderbilt the top artists in music."
F.Y.E. for your entertainment has come on board as a supporting sponsor of the Rites of Spring Music Festival. F.Y.E. recently opened a new store in Nashville, next to the Vanderbilt University campus. F.Y.E. will have an on-site presence at the festival and, as an official Ticketmaster outlet, will also sell Rites tickets at their store, which is located at 2400 West End Avenue.
Both shows are open to the general public. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m. CST at all Ticketmaster locations, including the F.Y.E. for your entertainment store on West End Avenue, online at www.ticketmaster.com, at Grimey's New & Preloved Music in Nashville or by calling 615-255-9600. Tickets can also be purchased with Cash or Check with no service fees included only at the Sarratt Box Office on the Vanderbilt campus. For more information call 615-343-3361.
Free parking is available at the Terrace Place Parking Garage, located off 21st Avenue South on Terrace Place.
About Vanderbilt Student Campus Events
The Office of the Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University provides an extensive list of activities and organizations for students to gain the true college experience. Student Campus Events houses several organizations and programs designed to meet the needs of every college student. Their mission is to offer a fun and celebratory environment as well as cultivating a sense of school pride that extends past the classroom.