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Rites of Spring

Posted by on Monday, April 18, 2011 in College Life, Freshman Life, General Information, Music, Rites of Spring, Student Life, Traditions, Weather.

This past weekend was Rites of Spring. “What is Rites of Spring?” you may ask. Only the biggest, funnest (look it up, it’s in the dictionary now) concert held at Vanderbilt each year. It lasts for two days and features multiple artists of different genres.

Unfortunately, Friday was filled with rain (what’s up with this bad weather, Nashville?) so some of the smaller artists didn’t get to perform and the other sets were pushed back and limited for time. I hate to admit it, but I was too tired on Friday and didn’t actually go to Rites, but I heard it great from the friends who went. Sara Bareilles started at 10:40, with Public Enemy and The National following. My big actually made it to the front row for the performances and another friend from my hall touched Flavor Flav’s hand, though I don’t know how jealous I really am of the second.

Saturday night was pretty awesome though! The night started off right when I found the Chick-fil-a vendor on Alumni Lawn and devoured one of their chicken sandwiches for the first time in a few months (college has not supported my unhealthy Chick-fil-a obsession). My friend, on the other hand, tried a Krispy Kreme cheeseburger, which I can officially say is disgusting. Imagine a typical cheeseburger, and then replace the buns with halves of a donut…surprisingly my friend liked it enough to get a second. The music was great too of course, as I arrived during Matt and Kim’s set. Matt and Kim is a band comprised of Matt on keyboard and Kim on drums that I had only heard a little about, but they were definitely one of my favorite performances because they had so much energy. Afterwards came Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, who I couldn’t completely hear but still enjoyed their energy. Lastly was Kid Cudi, a rapper from Ohio who sang some crowd favorites like “Pursuit of Happiness,” “Day ‘N Nite,” and “Up Up and Away.” (Once again, I had friends near the front row who actually took the first picture!) With great artists like these, I’m already wondering who could top them next year.

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