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We've culled as many of the Fall Line Fest artists as we could find, for your listening pleasure! Please note that you will need a Spotify account to access this playlist.
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Photo by Daniel Ahrendt
The festival lineup includes Death, an unusual, African-American hard rock band that was the subject of the acclaimed documentary, A Band Called Death.
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Photo courtesy of Real Estate
Hailing from New Jersey, Real Estate released one of the albums of the year (the hook-drenched Atlas).
Do we really need another festival around here? Yes, we do, if it’s an expertly curated affair that brings the town cutting-edge indie rock, along with local performers who deserve a bigger spotlight.
Spanning two days, Sept. 5 and 6, and multiple venues, the volunteer-run Fall Line Fest offers up marquee acts such as Real Estate, a New Jersey group that released one of the albums of the year (the hook-drenched Atlas) along with ’70s cult music figures like Death, an unusual, African-American hard rock band that was the subject of the acclaimed documentary, A Band Called Death. Regional pioneers will also get some play, as Richmond rap legend Skillz comes out of retirement to perform with his former Supafriendz cohort, Lonnie B. In its second year, the Fall Line Fest embraces variety. Brooklyn indie-rock darlings The Hold Steady (who will be playing a free set at Plan 9 Music in Carytown at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 before their headlining performance at The National) and Cheick Hamala Diabate, master of the ngoni (African banjo), will join local performers such as Matthew E. White, the psychedelic Diamond Center and the RVA supergroup Avers. There’s a potent supply of regional hip-hop, too, from the likes of Black Liquid and Rick Ross protégée Audra the Rapper.
Along with the 50 or so musical acts, Fall Line includes a brunch featuring eight Richmond-area chefs at the Broadberry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 6. There will also be an art show, “Rhythm,” juried by Lisa Freiman, director of VCU’s new Institute for Contemporary Art, opening at Gallery 5 on Sept. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Weekend passes are $30 to $75. 2014.falllinefest.com.