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New Music, Arts Festival Launches in Charlottesville

March 8, 2012

The Tom Tom Founders Festival launched Thursday morning from its headquarters in downtown Charlottesville. The festival will celebrate original music, arts and innovation for one month, starting on Founders Day, Apr. 13, Thomas Jefferson's birthday.

The festival will include talks, workshops and performances given by local artists and entrepreneurs that highlight innovation and creativity. Most of the events will be free.

Tom Tom culminates the weekend of May 11-13 with performances from more than 50 bands in venues along the Downtown Mall, as well as the unveiling of new sculptures, paintings, photography, murals and art and presentations on innovation in the local food movement, biotechnology, financial services and more.

"We have 25 bands from across the country, mostly buzz-bands in the indie-pop, indie-folk, and electronic genres," said Paul Beyer, the festival’s director. "They will be joined by more than 25 of our best local bands who are excited to be part of this new festival."

Some events will be free. The headlining musical events will be ticketed, and weekend passes will be sold.

The festival's line-up and headliners will be announced in the second half of March, and tickets will go on sale then. For more information, email or visit

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