Perfect Saturdays at WTJU’s Freefall Music & Art Festival at IX Art Park

Freefall Music & Art FestivalThe perfect Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville’s beautiful autumn? It’s the Freefall Music & Art Festival – presented by WTJU 91.1 FM and the IX Art Park every Saturday from September 1 through October 27.

Each family-friendly event in the Freefall series will feature FREE outdoor live music, along with art, local brews and food trucks, at the IX Art Park, 522 2nd Street SE in Charlottesville.

“The Freefall series always brings people together through shared music experiences,” said Nathan Moore, WTJU General Manager. “Each Saturday in September and October, it pumps energy into the IX Art Park space in the heart of Charlottesville.”

When it comes to free outdoor music in Charlottesville, Freefall picks up where “Fridays After Five” ends, creating a unique and funky vibe at the IX Art Park, Moore added.

“Four years ago, the founders of IX Art Park invited community members to join in dreaming and brainstorming about how the park could reinvigorate our community,” said Lindsay Terrell, Director of the IX Art Park. “WTJU and the Freefall festival were among the first to be part of this exciting movement.”

“Freefall embodies the vision of IX Art Park by bringing together a cross-section of our community – businesses, performers, artists, educators ­– to serve as a vibrant cultural magnet and to build community,” she said.

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Freefall 2018 Music Lineup

All shows 5:00-9:00pm unless otherwise noted.

  • SEPT 1: C’Ville Allstars. The local super-group is your source for hometown funk combining the unique talents of every member to make the perfect sound by Cville, for Cville.
  • SEPT 8: Trae Pierce and the T-Stones. Grammy winner Trae Pierce brings his brand of hard-edged funk with rock dynamics and hip hop beats.
  • SEPT 15, 12:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Cville Sabroso Latin Music & Culture Festival shares music, dance, food, and traditions from all of the Latino communities in Charlottesville and beyond.
  • SEPT 22, 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Black Business Expo celebrates and supports black-owned local businesses. Richmond-based funk-reggae sensation Mighty Joshua closes the night.
  • SEPT 29, 12:00 – 11:00 p.m.: Tomtoberfest. The fall festival from the Tom Tom Foundation
  • OCT 6, 2:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Ruidosa. Translated as “loud, noisy women,” Freefall’s women’s music festival features Richmond-based, Americana singer-songwriter Angelica Garcia and many more.
  • OCT 13: Mama Tried. Mama Tried covers Grateful Dead with a fine ear, turning their soft blues into classic rock-n-roll.
  • OCT 20: Dharma Bombs. Appalachian Dixieland at the junction of street-born folk music and the ridge lines of the South
  • OCT 27: Guerillas Do Gorillaz. A Halloween weekend tribute to the vast eclectic musical landscape created by the Gorillaz


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