By Madeline Curott for Charlottesville Newsplex
The ‘Tom Tom Founders Festival’ (TTFF) is still a couple months off, but preparations continue and Friday night is a first of its kind benefit show organized to bring together UVa and the Charlottesville community, in the spirit of collaboration.
“It’s an assembly of town and gown and just allowing students to see all kinds of creativity,” said Paul Beyer, director of ‘TTFF.’
The ‘Buffalo Bash’ is a fundraiser for the upcoming ‘Tom Tom Founders Festival’, but the bash’s coordinator Alyssa Dizon said the benefit show will also offer students the opportunity to step outside of the UVa bubble and help emphasize the festival’s overall purpose.
“To just the spirit of how the collaborations were formed is all part of the narrative that ‘Tom Tom’ is excited about which is getting diverse groups to collaborate in the spirit of founding, innovative, new, interesting ideas,” said Dizon, who is a Third Year at UVa. “I’m excited to expose the student body to that and have them learn more about it and hopefully be really excited about coming back in April. We have six student groups and two Charlottesville bands. A couple of groups are going to be coming together and doing sort of cross medium collaboration, so we have dancers that have a routine while a Capella sings and things like that. Different dance groups from across different mediums coming together for a mash up.”
Erin Lunsford of Erin & The Wildfire will be performing with her band Friday night.
She said, “We are really excited to play at the first-ever Buffalo Bash here at McLeod Hall. I actually went to this hall for other a Capella performances when I was an undergrad, so it’s good to be back.”
The night will also include some announcements about the April festival, including the music lineup.
It will end at Boylan Heights with an after party.
“It’s going to be a really exciting night that’s kind of like a bonkers variety show with line dancers and hip hop and really great community bands and it’s all been student organized. Kids that just love ‘Tom Tom’ and have wanted to put a really great show together for the students and for the community and it’s just going to be a really fun, eclectic night,” Beyer said.
The ‘Buffalo Bash’ starts at 8 p.m. in McLeod Hall.
Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.