WHAT: Rites of Spring Music Festival at Vanderbilt University
WHEN: Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2006
WHERE: Alumni Lawn – Vanderbilt University Campus
TIME: 3:00 p.m. – Gates open; 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. – Music (Both days)
TICKETS: In advance: $25 – Day Pass; $40 – Weekend Pass
Day of Show: $30 – Day Pass; $50 – Weekend Pass

My Morning Jacket
NASHVILLE, TN: A Vanderbilt University tradition for over 30 years, the Rites of Spring Music Festival continually brings top musical acts to the university campus year-after-year. Committed to continuing the tradition, Vanderbilt University Concerts is excited to announce the addition of indie rockers My Morning Jacket, and Secret Machines, singer/pianist Ben Folds and jam powerhouse Gov't Mule to this year's line-up. The annual outdoor festival will take place on Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd.

With a sound described as lonesome, haunting and almost classic country at times, My Morning Jacket will headline the first night of this year's festival. Propelled to indie stardom in 2001 with the single "The Way That He Sings," the four-piece band from Louisville, KY released their first major label album, It Still Moves, in 2004. Built solidly around the vocal and songwriting talent of lead singer Jim James, the band's music effortlessly navigates from rock to pop, with a touch of reggae and disco influences. Their most recent album, Z, was released in the Fall of 2005.

Best-known as the leader of the trio Ben Folds Five, which parted ways in 2000, Nashville resident Ben Folds will headline Saturday night's line-up. Since 2000, he has pursued a career as a solo artist and released his first album, Volume I, under the pseudonym Fear of Pop. The album includes the song "In Love," which features vocals from William Shatner. In 2005, true fans were rewarded with the release of Songs for Silverman, Folds' second album containing inspirational, edgy and sometimes heartbreaking songs.

"With several of the regional multi-day music festivals throwing in the towel, we are thrilled to continue to offer fans in the Southeast an opportunity to enjoy great live music from their favorite artists," states Candelyn Oliverius, Senior Director for Student Services at Vanderbilt University.

Additional confirmed talent for this year's festival includes; Cary Brothers, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, B Young, Blue Merle, Ben Lee, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Hopsing Project, Matt Pond PA, Hot Buttered Rum, Mr. Blotto, Old Union, Kate Voegele, and Zac Brown Band with more to be announced soon.

Both shows are open to the general public. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, March 1st at 10 a.m. CST at all Ticketmaster locations, online at, 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.

The Division of Student Life at Vanderbilt University provides an extensive list of activities and organizations for students to gain the true college experience. The Office of Student Activities 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.

[Published on: 3/15/06]

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Foominaut Wed 3/15/2006 04:11PM
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bone thugs...interesting. Wish i could go

duttongc Wed 3/15/2006 05:09PM
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Wow. I went to Vandy and I helped run this festival for two years. It's only recently that they have started selling tickets. You used to be able to go for free. The lineup looks pretty good this year and it's always a great time. And about bone thugs...Vandy kids appreciate nostalgic rap acts. It's better than Nelly who was the headliner a few years ago.

tuckyhead Wed 3/15/2006 08:44PM
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my morning jacket, enough said

cocheese starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/16/2006 06:13AM
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With Dancin' in the District and Riverstages gone from Nashville, this looks like the last worthwhile festival left in the Music City. Bone Thugs will be interesting to see, along with the other diverse artist. Old Union and Gov't Mule is enough to get me there. I can't wait to get a chance to check out Blue Merle and Hot Buttered Rum, heard nothing but good stuff.

mbh1013 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/16/2006 06:47AM
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This should be a great weekend. Across the road on Sat. in Cent. Park Sam Bush is playing a free earth day show. MMJ has been hanging around in Nashville w/ Bobby Bar Jr. and should really lay it down, but most importantly this is the year of the UNION!

Best Rites lineup yet!

tomjsci Fri 3/17/2006 01:05PM
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I'm in Mpls and I feel like a trip should be made to the greater Southeastern United States for this lineup. Congratulations to the people who put this together.

D14 starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/28/2006 11:55AM
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MMJ & Old Union...fa'get about it! Maybe Bobby Bare Jr. will come out w/ the Jacket...rock!