Press Release

Press Release

NASHVILLE, TN – The Music Group at Vanderbilt University is back again with the promise of warm weather and a hot lineup for this year’s Rites of Spring Music Festival. Taking place on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12, 2014, the Rites of Spring Music Festival is the perfect way to relax and listen to some of the best names in music. With 2 Chainz and Steve Aoki headlining and other artists set to appear including Delta Rae, Twenty One Pilots, The Mowgli’s, Ace Hood, Smallpools, Harper Blynn, MisterWives, Amy Wilcox and Stix Izza. This year’s festival will cover a wide range of genres and will have something for everyone.

2 Chainz is coming off of his most exciting year yet. In 2013 he released his critically acclaimed sophomore album B.O.A.T.S. II #metime and performed at Lollapalooza as well as Kanye West and Jay Z’s Made in America Festival. His recent album, B.O.A.T.S. II, features appearances from some of the biggest names in rap and R&B, including Pharrell Williams, Drake, Fergie, Lil Wayne, Drake and Pusha T, and features his hit single Feds Watching. His first-ever studio album Based on a T.R.U. Story debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in 2012 and was certified gold by the RIAA.  Their song F***in’ Problems featuring A$AP Rocky, Drake and Kendrick Lamar, they was nominated for a 2014 Grammy for Best Rap Song, and won the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Award and BET Award for this collaboration. In 2013, he was nominated for a Grammy and Billboard Music Award for his rap album Based on a T.R.U. Story. In 2012, 2 Chainz won the BET Hip-Hop Award for Rookie of the Year.

Steve Aoki is one of the hottest commodities in the dance music universe. Since the founding of his label, Dim Mak Records, in 1996, Aoki has been responsible for launching the careers of multiple hugely successful electro house artists such as MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots, and Tocadisco. Beyond working as a record executive, he has been an incredibly successful DJ/producer in his own right. His debut album Wonderland skyrocketed through the Beatport and iTunes dance charts in 2012, and helped him to crack the Top 100 DJs in the world – according to DJ Mag at #27. 2013 was another huge year for Aoki, when he cracked the top 20 DJs, coming in at #15. He was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronica Album for Wonderland.

Time Magazine called Delta Rae “The Band to Watch,” for 2013 and they have already built up a fan base devoted to their infectious, festival-friendly aesthetic. Following the release of their 2012 debut album Carry the Fire, the band has spent the past year on tour and just played their first set at Bonnaroo. At the cornerstone of the band are the Hölljes siblings, who grew up singing together. The trio eventually teamed with Hopkins, McKee and Emerson to form the complete sextet, now based in the Hölljes’ hometown of Durham, NC.  Delta Rae is now working on their sophomore album, which they’re hoping to release in early 2014. Although the band says this next batch of songs will incorporate new genres and new influences picked up while on tour, the message behind the music will remain the same.

Composed of only two band members, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun, Twenty One Pilots brings a very unique sound to this spring’s lineup that borrows elements from a variety of musical styles including rock, hip hop, and EDM. The release of Vessel in 2013 catapulted the group to mainstream success all over the United States, with the album reaching as high as #58 overall on the Billboard 200. The success resulting from the album caught the attention of major players in the alternative rock world, and consequently, the duo opened for Fall Out Boy during the Save The Rock and Roll Tour in the fall of 2013.

“We are very excited about our lineup this year and we really tried to bring the best artist to perform during Rites of Spring,” says Music Group chair Ally Warson. “We were able to bring in caliber artists of a wide variety of genres, in addition to emerging artists, in order to reflect the diversity in musical interests of our student body.”

Tickets are available to the general public and will go on sale Friday, February 14th at 10 am CST at all Ticketmaster locations, online at or by calling 1‐800‐745‐3000. Tickets can also be purchased 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, call 615‐322‐2471. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at

ABOUT VANDERBILT ARTS & CAMPUS EVENTSThe Arts & Campus Events office houses several organizations and programs designed to meet the needs of every college student. Their mission is to facilitate diverse programming for the Vanderbilt Community that cultivates social engagement, artistic exploration and personal growth. The Music Group is the student run organization responsible for planning and producing the Commodore Quake as well as the annual Rites of Spring Music Festival.