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August 30, 2009

The Virgin Mobile FreeFest is under way

It's breezy and beautiful at Merriweather Post Pavilion -- perfect weather for the Virgin Mobile FreeFest.

I'm not going to be blogging as much in years past, but if you're at the festival (or want to keep up on the happenings), Sun scribe Julie Scharper will be tweeting all day. Just follow @juliemore ...

Right now, Sunday's Roulette is playing on the West Stage. Don't know who they are? You're not alone. Same goes for The Birthday Massacre, who won the Book the Band contest. The real action gets underway when St. Vincent plays at 12:45 a.m. 

Sir Richard Branson is going to be popping up all over the place today. He's taking a photo with Free I.P. volunteers at noon, guest bartending with Flava Flav and Tom DeLonge at 4 p.m. to benefit homeless youth organizations, touring the grounds with Washington mayor Adrian Fenty, judging a Chuck Taylor shoe contest ... you get the picture. Wonder if he's gonna get the chance to see some music?

Perhaps the wildest stunt will come at 7:30 p.m., when Red Bull Skydivers are going to (hopefully) land on top the pavilion roof. Branson will be there to greet them (of course) with a glass of bubbly. The rebel billionaire strikes again!

All right. Time to see some music. 


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:06 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Virgin Mobile Festival


What makes you think The Birthday Massacre isn't "real action"??

Please don't dismiss something just cause you're not clued into it yet. :) They were awesome.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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