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The Shadrock Music Festival on Brown’s Island

It's Style Weekly's biggest party ever on Saturday, April 28


Style Weekly celebrates its 30th anniversary by throwing one huge party on Brown’s Island. It’s an all-day music event featuring eight stellar bands — four national and four based in Virginia. The headliners are two veteran alternative acts with records of long-term achievement in their chosen musical genres: Yo La Tengo, which has been called the indie-rock band of choice by fans and critics (pictured), and hip-hop legends De La Soul. Also performing are the Dum Dum Girls, led by striking frontwoman Dee Dee Penny, and catching mainstream attention for their dream pop hooks. The Seattle-based hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces also are on the bill — their “Black Up” release on Subpop ended up on numerous Best of 2011 critics’ lists. But Shadrock will showcase local and regional bands too. Charlottesville’s Invisible Hand, the bass-heavy Kid Is Qual, reunited Richmond rockers Kepone and local hip-hop powerhouse Photosynthesizers all are on tap. In-between the day of live performances, DJ Mass FX and the Scorpio Brothers will spin tunes. The Shadrock Music Festival will be a happening, and it’ll happen Saturday, April 28, from noon-11 p.m. on Brown’s Island. $35-$100.

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