Rites of Spring began in the 1960’s with the goal to connect students to the greater Nashville community. The festival is put on by Music Group, a branch of Vanderbilt Programming Board. While many universities hold on-campus music festivals, Rites of Spring is unique due to the major acts that have graced the stage as well as the festival being open to the Nashville community. Some of these acts include Red Hot Chili Peppers (1989), Phoenix (2005), Spoon (2008), Drake (2010), and many more you can see here. This year Rites will be held April 20th and 21st and tickets are available at Sarratt Cinema or online. While there is still one more act to be announced (hopefully an alternative act since that genre is still lacking), the line-up already features a variety of acts from all different corners of the music scene.
WRVU hosted Boyscott, Spirit Week, The Pills, Born Animal, and Wax Mistress at The End around Thanksgiving for our first annual Turkey Jerky Jam! Now you can relive (or experience for the first time, if you missed it) the thrilling experience all up close and personal right here on the internet from the comfort of your screen.
Continuing with our artist highlights of Thursday’s Turkey Jerky Jam at The End, we have the Nashville-based Born Animal. If you want a preview of this excitement before you see their set live, check them out here, and keep reading below to learn more.
Sometimes the Vanderbilt music scene can seem a bit dull compared to our neighbors at Belmont, but Allan Boudreau-Fine begs to differ. Boudreau-Fine, a sophomore, hosts VU Backstage, a weekly look into the thriving Vanderbilt music scene. I met with him this week to chat about WRVU’s only radio show focused on campus music.