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Some time ago, Fairfax City Parks & Rec employee Andrew McCarry handed me a glossy flyer with the words “AVANT FAIRFAX” splashed colorfully across the top. I had heard of this event before, but I’m sure he would have forgiven me if I’d done a double-take. As someone who treks into the District several times a month to get his live music fix, McCarry would be the first to say that Fairfax is not the first place in the D.C. area one would go looking for experimental music. But he’s used his connections with the city to set up a seven-hour festival of the avant-garde that kicks off at 6pm tomorrow evening. The benefits of collaborating with the city are immediately apparent: Avant Fairfax will be a nice, seated affair in Fairfax’s Old Town Hall, with a suggestion donation of a mere $5.

Combining improvisational whimsy and ambient noise that will appeal to the Sonic Circuits crowd with a headlining act from avant/prog label Cuneiform Records (Cheer Accident), there’s a bit of something for anyone with a keen ear for this stuff. See the full lineup and other information after the jump, or visit Avant Fairfax at Myspace.

Information from the Avant Fairfax promoters:

Avant Fairfax Festival 2009
Old Town Hall
3999 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030


Cheer-Accident (listen at Myspace)
Kohoutek (listen)
Mike Tamburo (listen at Myspace)
Stag Hare (listen at Myspace)
Outpost (listen at Myspace)
Anduin (listen at Myspace)
Insect Factory with The Plums (listen at Myspace)
Kuschty Rye Ergot (listen at Myspace)
Layne Garrett (listen at Myspace)
Bolmongani and ezeetiger (listen at Myspace)

Food, Drink, Art, and DJs upstairs!

Artists on display:
Adam Lister
Jenny Drummey
Matthew Langley
Stephanie Rivers
Katie Hoffman

Accessible by Cue Bus from Vienna/Fairfax Metro Station
Shuttle provided to Vienna Metro after the show

Suggested Donation: $5

Supported in part by:
Fairfax City Spotlight on the Arts
Cuneiform Records
District of Noise