When: Fri., April 15, 4 p.m. 2011
Spring has once again sprung, and for fans of college-campus-based music fests in Nashville, that can only mean one thing: Rites of Spring. Continuing the excellent tradition of forcing Vanderbilt students to rub shoulders with the proletariat (only kidding), this year’s RoS lineup features a broad and enticing swath of national and local acts. From locals like longtime Scene faves and indie-rock underdogs The Features to folk-pop songstress Madi Diaz and Americana-edged rock troubadour David Mayfield and his David Mayfield Parade, the Nashville rock scene is strongly represented. Only a few questions remain: Have the many members of ramshackle neo-psych outfit Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros bathed since their appearance at last year’s Bonnaroo? Have brainy indie-rock poets The National gotten even better at lulling their audience into a state of uncanny bliss since their recent appearance at The Ryman? Adorned in that hipster-hop cred of his, is Kid Cudi just as handsome in person?? Will hip-hop’s most noted elder statesman, Chuck D of Public Enemy, have anything to say about the importance of college radio (nudge, nudge)? Answers to all of these questions can be yours for about half a C-note — general-public weekend passes are $55 in advance and $65 day of, with single-day tickets available for $45. Also appearing will be Matt & Kim, Sara Bareilles, Futurebirds and plenty more. Oh, and most importantly: This is a BYOB event, with as much as a six-pack allowed per attendee. We learned that one the hard way last year.
D. Patrick Rodgers