Start Spring Off Rite at Vanderbilt University

Wiz Khalifa & MUTEMATH to Headline Annual Rites of Spring Music Festival
Tickets on Sale Now

WHAT:            Rites of Spring Music Festival at Vanderbilt University
WHEN:           Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2012
WHERE:         Alumni Lawn – Vanderbilt University Campus
TICKETS:       Vanderbilt Student Tickets (One Ticket Per Student) – $30;
Purchased Day of Show – $40
                          Faculty/Staff Weekend Pass (One Ticket Per Faculty/Staff) – $40
                          Single Day Tickets (Available April 1, 2012) – $55
                          General Public Weekend Pass – Purchased in Advance – $55; Purchased Day of Show – $65

The Music Group at Vanderbilt University is gearing up for the return of its annual celebration of warm weather and music at the Rites of Spring Music Festival. Taking place on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2012, the Rites of Spring Music Festival is the perfect way to enjoy the sun while listening to the hottest talents in music today. With Wiz Khalifa and MUTEMATH headlining and other artists scheduled, including Sleigh Bells, Fitz and the Tantrums, Gloriana, Wick-It the Instigator, Reptar, Caitlin Rose, Tyler Hilton, Chancellor Warhol, Beaker Street Blues Band and Friendly Savages, the Rites of Spring Music Festival has something for all music lovers to enjoy.

  • Wiz Khalifa has established himself as one of the rap-game’s brightest young stars to watch. With an unprecedented amount of song downloads, not to mention both the top search on Google and the number one trending topic on Twitter, it seems as if the entire nation is on board with the “Taylor Gang” movement. Wiz’s first album,Rolling Papers debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and he was recently named the No. 9 “Hottest MCs in The Game VII” by MTV.  Currently working on his sophomore album, O.N.I.F.C., Wiz Khalifa is no stranger to the stage after a stint on the famed “Rock the Bells” tour alongside legends including Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg, which was immediately followed by his own nation-wide headlining tour. He is also currently featured in a national television commercial for BING, which debuted recently during the Grammy Awards.

  • The electro-alt rock collaboration between longtime friends Paul Meany (vocals/keys), Darren King (drums), and Roy Mitchell-Cardenas (bass) is what allowed MUTEMATH to creep up on the music scene with a worldwide fan base and high-energy performances at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Warped Tour and V Festival. Artistically, with their current release, Odd Soul, MUTEMATH has made a rock album that is unmistakably and inherently their own. Rooted in New Orleans rhythm and blues, fusing elements from psychedelia to traditional gospel to modern electronica, the album is constructed to live up to its title.

  • Sleigh Bells quickly became the most exciting new pop band to emerge from their hometown of New York City.  The deft and stylish combination of genres, sounds, and dynamics on Treats, their debut album, is simply unprecedented. In support of their recently released and highly anticipated follow up album, Reign of Terror, Sleigh Bells made their network TV debut on SNL last Saturday night and grace the cover of SPIN magazine’s February issue.

  • In just a year or so, soulsters Fitz & the Tantrums went from the living room to the main stage. Since their first show at Hollywood’s Hotel Café in December 2008, they have toured with Maroon 5, played to thousands at Colorado’s world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, shared the stage on New Year’s Eve with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and performed on KCRW’s esteemed show, Morning Becomes Eclectic. Their debut full length album, Pickin’ up the Pieces, has earned them a 3 ½ star album review in Rolling Stone. On stage, Fitz & the Tantrums is not just a band, they’re an explosion.

  • Gloriana’s authentic talent has propelled them to become a best-selling debut country act. Hand picked by Taylor Swift, Gloriana performed worldwide as the opening act on her Fearless tour. They’ve also opened for Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, and the Zac Brown Band. In 2010, Gloriana won the Academy of Country Music’s Award for Top New Vocal Group. Their album, Gloriana, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and No. 3 on the Top 200. Now the group has funneled everything they’ve learned into their second album, A Thousand Miles Left Behind, due for release this summer.

“This year, we continue to bring music diversity to the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities,” says Dwayne V. Elliott, Director of Student Campus Events at Vanderbilt University. “No artist on our line-up is exactly the same. Each comes from a different genre which allows those with different tastes to come together and share moments through music.”

Tickets are available to the general public and are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations, online at < by calling1-800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased with Cash or Check with no service fees included only at the Sarratt Box Office on the Vanderbilt campus. No Refunds will be given due to weather conditions or band cancellations. For general event information, call615-322-2471. For more information, visit<>  or follow us on Twitter <> .

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