Featuring AJJ! and more!
The Changeville Festival is a downtown music & arts festival featuring local and national artists united by a passion for social change.
The two-day festival will take place at venues around the city's downtown such as Bo Diddley Plaza, The Hippodrome, High Dive, Wooly/Atlantic, Civic Media Center, Volta, & more.
Festival passes are available now at changeville.us/tickets
Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, *AJJ* has released four full length albums since 2005. Their signature folk-punk sound oftentimes features deceptively upbeat instrumentals accompanying humorously macabre lyrics. It’s not unusual for AJJ songs about death, racism, and similar topics to be juxtaposed against a plucky upright bass line. Their Facebook description boasts, “We’re super good, I promise.”
In an effort to relinquish any connection to former President Andrew Jackson and to avoid disrespecting Muslims, the former Andrew Jackson Jihad rebranded themselves to AJJ in 2016. “As the world changed, and as we changed as people, it just got more difficult to give a convincing answer for why our band was called that […] The act of striving to do better is a constant theme in our work, that’s where the name [change] was coming from,” frontman Sean Bonnette told AV Music.
Through a charity partnership with Plus 1, $1 from each ticket sale will be donated to two different charity organizations. Local organization Gainesville Girls Rock Camp and national organization CEEAS (Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings) have been chosen as 2019’s charities. Changeville will also be collecting canned goods and donations for Peaceful Paths and Grace Marketplace.
Changeville is a two-day social change festival, in partnership with UF College Of Journalism & Communications annual frank conference in downtown Gainesville that brings together students, professionals and artists across a variety of platforms. The festival includes music, comedy, award-winning films, tech, poetry and discussion panels/workshops.
PLUS1 is an initiative that channels the collective energy of a concert to catalyze social change. By partnering with performing artists, PLUS1 raises and grants millions of dollars to high impact nonprofits addressing our most serious global challenges around Access, Equity, and Dignity. The work begins with a $1 per ticket add-on fundraising tool that makes fundraising simple and seamless. Beyond the dollar, PLUS1 supports artists as educators and advocates, fueling their passion, reach, impact. To date, PLUS1 has raised and granted over $7 million, and served as the connective tissue between over 150 artists, millions of their fans, and 100s of leading social justice organizations tackling global injustice.