Rites of Spring at Vandy: T.I., Lips, K'Naan, N.E.R.D.


WHAT: Rites of Spring Music Festival at Vanderbilt University
WHEN: Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, 2009
WHERE: Alumni Lawn – Vanderbilt University Campus
TIME: 3:00 p.m. Friday; 3:00 p.m. Saturday – Gates Open
TICKETS: $20 – Vanderbilt Student Tickets (One Ticket Per Student)
$40 – Single Day Tickets
*Single Day Tickets on sale at all Ticketmaster locations
$45 – General Public Weekend Pass – Purchased in Advance
$55 – General Public Weekend Pass – Purchased Day of Show

When it comes to putting on a show, Vanderbilt University strictly adheres to a "go big or go home" policy. Never one to disappoint music lovers, The Music Group at Vanderbilt is about to throw their annual Rites of Spring festival this weekend, Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18. Featured artists to this year's lineup include mega rap artist T.I., The Flaming Lips, N.E.R.D., K'Naan and a whole bunch more (see below).


Friday, April 17, 2009
• Battle of the Bands winner
• Electrik Red
• Run with Bulls
• Blueskyreality
• K'Naan
• Okkervil River
• Santigold
• Q-Tip
• T.I.

Saturday, April 18, 2009
• Pico vs. Island Trees
• Stardeath and the White Dwarfs
• Erick Baker
• Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek)
• Black Joe Lewis and the Honey
• Bears
• Grand Ole Party
• N.E.R.D.
• Flaming Lips

Tickets are on sale NOW at all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com 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 general event information, call 615-343-3361.


[Published on: 4/16/09]

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MostlyDead Thu 4/16/2009 04:24PM
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ivy league schools name their festivals after ballets

jimmyjeezy Thu 4/16/2009 04:42PM
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T.I will throw down. K'NAAN is the truth , and the Lips always put on a good show. This will be laid back and fun...only negative is a bunch of Vandy Frat guys

TheJuice starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/16/2009 05:25PM
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gkitt80 star Thu 4/16/2009 06:46PM
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Isn't TI in jail?

GeorgieP Thu 4/16/2009 07:19PM
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Yeah I thought T.I. was in the pen.

floyd831 Thu 4/16/2009 07:38PM
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i will be there for sure...vandy kids are a bit annoying but it should be a great time in good ole nash

chux7487 Thu 4/16/2009 08:52PM
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wow do not miss the q tip show it will be the best at this thing absoloutly hands down. lips are great but as far as the hip hop acts go TI is good but will just be loud q tip brings the fucking heat dont forget to rep for the TRIBE

HoodooVoodoo Thu 4/16/2009 11:07PM
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looks not that good

detrockcitey star Fri 4/17/2009 02:22AM
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Didnt TI get caught with tons of assault weapons???? I would be scared to go to this.......

mesaxi star Fri 4/17/2009 05:38AM
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This sounds just awful. Isn't T.I. supposed to be in Jail?

moemoe6434 Fri 4/17/2009 06:14AM
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we need more comments about T.I. being in jail.

headydb Fri 4/17/2009 06:20AM
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what you know about thaaaaat

WidespreadMule3 Fri 4/17/2009 06:32AM
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wow vandy...flaming lips this weekend and dave matthews band next weekend. i might have to transfer if they're gonna keep these good shows up.

FunkBaby Fri 4/17/2009 06:55AM
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Be there or be sqaure (in the rain). YOU CAN BRING COOLERS OF BEER!!!

chux7487 Fri 4/17/2009 07:26AM
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jay cutler is going to roll back into town with a huge sack of blow for all his vandy fag friends, dont forget too many collard shirts and boat shoes all who attend!

Stuckdog1976 star Fri 4/17/2009 07:43AM
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Its called "jam"base for real bands that improvise. I respect hip hop - but I don't come here to read about it. It is not "hip hop"base......

nomemory Fri 4/17/2009 07:47AM
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Damn, "TheJuice", think you could be a little more racist? If you're not interested in the concert, I think there may be a clan meeting you could attend that weekend.

mbh1013 Fri 4/17/2009 07:48AM
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Damn what a bunch of haters. The "frat boys" with popped collars are no where near as annoying as the haters who think they are in the know. I mean just keep to your dirty sideways billed cap Bisco friends and it should all work out This will be a great two day event. Especially if you also catch the free music at Grimey's tomorrow for record Store appreciation day:

12@ Grimeys-Avett Brothers, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears, Del Mccoury Band, Charlie Louvin and Mute Math FREE1!!

Then in Cent. Park The Dynamites and Susan Tedeschi and Friends for FREE for Earth Day. Vandy is across the street so top it all off with Black Joe Lewis>Grand Ole Party>N.E.R.D.> The Flaming Lips.

FunkBaby Fri 4/17/2009 07:50AM
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I have gone to Rites of Spring for years (since high school)... it is not that fratty. It is a good mix of people. I don't enjoy Vandy kids usually but I appreciate them putting this on. It is great for Nashville.

Hip hop shows are not to be taken seriously, they are meant to be fun (maybe jambasers should take themselves a little less serious). Nappy Roots was a f'in blast a few years ago.

Also, Flaming Lips is a badass band.

FunkBaby Fri 4/17/2009 07:51AM
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^^^ Nice mbh!

mbh1013 Fri 4/17/2009 07:52AM
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Right back at ya FunkBaby. Lookin forward to a GREAT weekend in Cashville.

Benjamin Human Fri 4/17/2009 08:20AM
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Benjamin Human

FYI new Q-tip album is hot

JammyJammerson Fri 4/17/2009 08:29AM
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Love how MBH complains about what a bunch of haters people are,and then simply chooses to hate someone else. Classy

WhistlingPeanut Fri 4/17/2009 08:55AM
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this is a wierd line up, why is flaming lips playing this, lips please come back to summercamp

grateful cheese spread Fri 4/17/2009 09:52AM
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grateful cheese spread

moemoe6434 Im with you about the T.I thing, thats why this is me asking "isn't T.I. in jail?"

duttongc Fri 4/17/2009 10:23AM
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I graduated from Vandy and helped organize and put on Rites of Spring for 2 years. It was always one of my favorite weekends of the year. You can stereotype people as much as you want to, but just because someone wears a polo and boat shoes doesn't mean they don't know good music or know how to have a good time. It's live music, it's outside and you can bring your own beer. I'm not exactly sure what there is to complain about.

chux7487 Fri 4/17/2009 10:52AM
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no there is no room for complaints anytime your school brings you music, and most schools around the nation have taken to this also im just saying my entire family is from nashville im there all the time and theres nothin i hate more then a dumbass frat dude saying "fucking sweet bro!!!" standing right next to me at a show. im all for inclusion and spread of good tunes but i went to a similar event @ wake forest university and the crowd just wasnt my shit.

Snatcher Fri 4/17/2009 11:05AM
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i dont care what anyone says, this festival is going to be dope. they have these tight chinese kinda lights running the entirety of the lawn, an elevated dj spinning during setbreaks, mountain jim ice cream (insanely heady and amazingly tasty independent ice cream vendor) and always sweet merch. Im jacked up personally. You better believe ill keep my case cold in my trunk and go out to re up several times a day. BYOB is amazing at festivals these days and u know it

chux7487 Fri 4/17/2009 11:16AM
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byob is so crunk plus its @ vandy so bust out the evan williams

nomemory Fri 4/17/2009 12:36PM
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question:"isn't TI in Jail?" ---answer: celebrities don't serve time. well, not REAL time. But, all of the negative media is usually great for album sales. Especially when it comes to rap albums.

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks Fri 4/17/2009 01:07PM
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Im way to cool to go to this.

chux7487 Fri 4/17/2009 01:36PM
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apparently your also too cool to spell words correctly

yourmammaz Fri 4/17/2009 01:55PM
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I like to talk shit to strangers via the internet because they enjoy different music than me

boom shanker Fri 4/17/2009 03:47PM
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boom shanker

what you know about bats? what you know about cats? what you know about rats?