The Tom Tom Founders Festival Explores Charlottesville Culture
Charlottesville boasts an arts and culture scene that is rich, diverse and easily rivals some of the big city scenes. This April, it hosts the 2nd annual Tom Tom Founders Festival. With free concerts, art, block parties, talks and more, the multi-day festival starts on April 11th in various downtown locations.
The Festival is organized by the Tom Tom Foundation, a non-profit with the goal of educating the public with a message of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Traditionally, Founders Day is observed to celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s birthday on April 13th. The Tom Tom Founders Festival is a modern incarnation of this celebration, stretching 4 days, and exploring music, architecture, creativity, and innovation, along with offering local wine, craft beer and friends, old and new.
In its second year, the 2013 Festival will feature over 70 bands, all with a link to the Charlottesville area. Director Paul Beyer states of the Festival that “everything is local, regional, or they’ve made it bigger, but they’re from here and they have really strong connections.”
The University of Virginia is backing the Festival with funding and a talk with its president, Teresa Sullivan, one of 25 speakers being featured. The opening night gala will feature music by Charlottesville natives, The David Wax Museum.