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Media Advisory: Tom Tom Unveils Initial Lineup for May 11 & 12

March 13, 2012 | By: pbeyer | Tags: music, festival

Charlottesville’s new and unique Music, Arts, and Innovation festival is proud to announce the acts who will be playing for the May 11th and 12th weekend. The lineup will include headlining artists Josh Ritter and The Walkmen and will be joined by more than 25 other national and regional artists. These artists will be playing in four venues on the downtown mall: The Southern Music Hall, The Haven, The Main Street Arena, and Christ Church.

“I'm amazed at how well this lineup has come together” says festival director, Paul Beyer. "The fact that these bands want to participate in an inagural idea, is a testament to the music culture that exists in Charlottesville.”

Concentrating on Indie-folk, Indie-rock and electronic genres, Tom Tom has pulled together bands form across the country. Josh Ritter is an established artist who’s Americana style and songwriting ability has gained him numerous accolades including being named by Paste Magazine as one of the “100 greatest living songwriters”. The Walkmen were at the forefront of the Indie Rock revolution in the early 2000’s. The album "Lisbon" was one of the critical darlings of 2010, and the band's live sound has steadily broadened.

Other acts announced on the TTFF lineup might not be as well known...yet. Here We Go Magic is a young indie rock band who’s single “Collector” was named “best new music” by Pitchfork Media in 2010, their new record "A Different Ship" will release three days before Tom Tom.

Folk scene stalwart Erin McKeown will be one of many Virginia natives joining TTFF’s music program. Born and Raised in Fredericksburg, Erin has toured the world for the last decade with artists like The Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, and Andrew Bird.

Tickets for the May 11 and 12 music events taking place at the four exclusive Tom Tom venues will go on-sale Tuesday May 21 at

Tickets will be $50 and will gain the holder access to all of the four exclusive venues (Southern, Haven, Main Street Arena, Christ Church).

There is an exclusive pre-sale of tickets at "We have spent considerable time outreaching to the community to crowd-source the programming throughout April 13 to May 13," Beyer says. "Now we are crowd-sourcing a portion of the funding."

Line up:

Josh Ritter
The Walkmen
Here We Go Magic
Those Darlins
Cotton Jones
Erin Mckeown
American Royalty
Virtual Boy
Savoir Adore
The Spinto Band
Deleted Scenes
Spirit Family Reunion
Hope for A goldensummer
Black Swans
Colin Killalea
The Hill and Wood
Midtown Dickens
Saunders Bohlke
DJ Williams Project
Small Sur
The Great Unknown
Nelly Anderson
Diane Cluck
Ken's Last Ever Extravaganza
Carl Anderson

Additional acts and venues will be announced soon.

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