I hold in my hand two pairs of tickets to this weekend's Rites of Spring fest at Vanderbilt. It's a little difficult to type while holding four tickets in my ever-blogging fingers, but I persevere. As you ought to know by now, RoS takes place tomorrow and Saturday — that's April 20 and 21 — and will feature performances from Sleigh Bells, Reptar, Fitz and the Tantrums, Mutemath, Wiz Khalifa, DJ Wick-It, Caitlin Rose and more. Cream/Scene intern and Vanderbilt student Cayla Mackey penned a little something on Rites for us, and you can see all of that after the jump. As a matter of fact, today was Intern Cayla's last day here at the office. Godspeed,
Intern Regular Person Cayla!
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Local Nashville acts take over Rites of Spring at Vanderbilt
By Cayla Mackey
Rites of Spring is the music festival hosted every year at Vanderbilt University. This year’s festival is set to take place April 20 and 21 and will bring local and visiting acts to the stage. Says Dwayne Elliott, a Vanderbilt University official who oversees Rites, “We continue to bring music diversity to the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities.” Rites is doing more than that — it’s highlighting the musical diversity of the country’s best music scene. There’s no longer a need to truck in musical acts. They’re all right here, ripe for the picking. The majority of the acts, five out of the 12, are locals: Chancellor Warhol, Caitlin Rose, The Beaker Street Blues Band, Gloriana and Wick-It the Instigator.
Gloriana is the first big country act to be invited to the Rites stage since Lady Antebellum in 2008. Upcoming country singer Caitlin Rose is starting to gain national attention. Chancellor Warhol is the centerpiece of Nashville’s burgeoning hip-hop scene. The Beaker Street Blues Band is a local outfit that plays some of the city’s best blues music. Dubstep DJ Wick-It the Instigator — one of the city's leading and most prolific DJs — needs little introduction.
Three of the bands included on the roster played in Nashville last fall. Fitz and the Tantrums and Sleigh Bells played Cannery Ballroom, and Reptar played the main stage of Nashville’s local music festival, Soundland. Their invitation to play Rites is evidence that Vanderbiltians are opening their ears ever wider to the local music scene. Some of them have been so influenced in recent years that they’ve gone on to start their own acts, like the The Friendly Savages, which was started by two Vanderbilt graduates and is booked for Rites.
Even One Tree Hill star Tyler Hilton, has ties to Nashville — he appeared at the launch of Taylor Swift’s career as the boy in the music video “Teardrops on My Guitar.” Hilton also played Elvis in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, and covered two Elvis songs that appeared on the award-winning soundtrack.
Then there’s Wiz Khalifa, the headliner. Fellow Pittsburgh local Girl Talk performed at Vanderbilt in 2009, but the real reason the Wiz is the big kicker at Rites is more immediate. His song “Black and Yellow” coincidentally touts Vandy’s colors. All self-absorption aside, this year’s lineup could start Rites on the path of bridging the gap between the island institution and the best music scene in the country.