Rites of Spring Music Festival

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Rites of Spring is an annual music festival held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in late April.


The history of the festival is defined[clarification needed] on the Rites of Spring website:[1]

During the late 1960s and early 1970s Vanderbilt students, faculty, and administrators went to great lengths to increase the amount of contact the school had with the Nashville community. One example of this community outreach was the student-formed "Free University" which offered instruction to Nashville residents in topics ranging from short wave radio to the arts. The "open campus" policy also resulted in many Nashville residents taking part in Vanderbilt campus events such as the implementation of the Rites of Spring Music Festival in 1971.



Ty Dolla $ign, The Shins, St. Lucia, Johnnyswim, Rae Sremmurd, Aminé


Future, Porter Robinson, Lil Dicky, Bad Suns, Kat Dahlia, The Candid


Chance the Rapper, Young the Giant, Portugal. The Man, T-Pain, RAC, The Lone Bellow, Matoma, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes, Louisa Wendorff


2 Chainz, Steve Aoki, Delta Rae, Twenty One Pilots, Cherub, Ace Hood, The Mowgli's, Smallpools, Harper Blynn, MisterWives, Amy Wilcox, Stix Izza


Needtobreathe, Rusko, Miguel, Mat Kearney, Baauer, Delta Spirit, Juvenile, The Apache Relay, The Kicks, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Humming House


Wiz Khalifa, Mutemath, Fitz and the Tantrums, Sleigh Bells, Gloriana, Wick-It the Instigator, Reptar, Caitlin Rose, Tyler Hilton, Chancellor Warhol, Friendly Savages, Beaker Street Blues Band


Kid Cudi, The National, Matt and Kim, Sara Bareilles, Public Enemy, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Jerrod Niemann, The Features, The Pimps of Joytime, Madi Diaz, David Mayfield Parade, Futurebirds, Young Jesus


Drake, Passion Pit, Phoenix, Ben Harper and Relentless7, Cold War Kids, Melanie Fiona, Doug E. Fresh, Chris Hennessee, The New Mastersounds


The Flaming Lips, T.I., N.E.R.D., Q-Tip, Santigold, Grand Ole Party, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears, Okkervil River, K'NAAN, Sara Watkins, Blueskyreality, Erick Baker, Run With Bulls, Stardeath and White Dwarfs, Pico vs. Island Trees


Lil Jon, Spoon, Feist, Colbie Caillat, Lady Antebellum, Old Crow Medicine Show, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Wild Sweet Orange, Jeremy Lister, The Avett Brothers, Cupid, H-Beam, Alana Grace, Lord T and Eloise, Hill Country Revue, Randy Rogers Band


The Roots, Wolfmother, Drive-by Truckers, Mat Kearney, Keller Williams, Amos Lee, Rocco DeLuca and the Burden, The Whigs, Brett Dennen, Naughty by Nature, Bang Bang Bang, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Jyspi, Sons of William, The Old Silver Band


Ben Folds, My Morning Jacket, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Govt Mule, Secret Machines, Blue Merle, Ben Lee, Matt Pondpa, Cary Brothers, B Young, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Old Union, Zac Brown Band, Hot Buttered Rum, Hopsing Project, Kate Voegle, Mr. Blotto


Hootie & the Blowfish, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Cake, Yonder Mountain String Band, Julie Roberts, Gomez, Phoenix, Alexi Murdoch, Ingram Hill, Sean Costello, Jason White, Robbers on High Street, SYD, Matt Woods, Josh Kelley, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Van Hunt, Florez, Dave Barnes, Shawn Camp, Dean Fields, Cunninlynguists


Talib Kweli, The Wailers, North Mississippi All Stars, Robert Earl Keen, Flickerstick, Josh Rouse, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, OK Go, Marc Broussard, Jag Star, Jimmy Hall and the Prisoners of Love, Dan Darrah Band, Jedd Hughes, The Someday Tour, Monte Montgomery, Matt Wertz, The Whigs, Mieka Pauley, The Loft, Christopher Robin


Nappy Roots, Pat Green, Keller Williams, Martin Sexton, Derek Trucks Band, Jason Mraz, Alice Peacock, The Recipe, SR-71, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jump Little Children, Will Hoge, Seven Nations, Kill Hannah, Delicious Blues Stew, Mile 8, Hot Action Cop, Austin & Scrap, Melissa Cartoun, Wisechild


Guster, O.A.R., The Black Eyed Peas, Phantom Planet, Matt Nathanson, Gabe Dixon Band, Virginia Coalition, Afroman, Liza and the Sould Stars, Dezeray's Hammer, Slyletter, Weekend Excursion, Bluestring, Guy Smiley Blues Exchange, Llama, The Great Twitch, Anthony Orlo, Inside Out, Amanda Pearce, Gillespy Road




Cowboy Mouth, G. Love and Special Sauce, Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Freedy Johnston


Better Than Ezra, The Roots, The Samples


Run DMC, Third Eye Blind


George Clinton, Big Head Todd & the Monsters


Violent Femmes, Soul Asylum


Dave Matthews Band


The Smashing Pumpkins, Blues Traveler


311, Crosby and Nash


Bo Deans and Government Cheese.


The Feelies, HR


Bo Diddley, Nashville Symphony


Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mel and the Party Hats


Stan Lassiter, the Dusters


New Grass Revival, Cabo Frio, Stan Lassiter Group, Twenty-First Century Steel Band, Pinkard & Bowden


Manikenz, Jason & The Scorchers, The Swimming Pool Q's


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