The Tom Tom Founder's Festival is a music, arts, and innovation festival that takes place right in Charlottesville. It's one that organizers say will one day rival big-name national festivals like South by Southwest.
The four-day event starts on April 11. It takes place in various locations in downtown Charlottesville, and features talks, concerts, block parties, and more. The speakers and music lineup for this year's festival are being released Monday.
Of the 70 bands performing, organizers say one of the highlights is the Mexican folk band The David Wax Museum. The festival will feature 25 speakers, including University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan.
"This year we're actually bigger, if it's possible," said Festival Director Paul Beyer. "We're actually having a series of block parties all throughout the downtown mall. Everything is free. There's over 70 bands booked. It's a friends of friends festival, that was the theme, so everything is local, regional, or they've made it bigger, but they're from here and they have really strong connections."
Things are moving forward for the festival. On Tuesday the $500 mural contest will go before the Charlottesville Board of Architectural Review for official approval. The mural is from a Girl Scout troop working toward their community service badge.