Open Mike Eagle is one of 50 acts scheduled to perform during this year's True/False.

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True/False sets the stage with diverse lineup of musicians

There’s more to the festival than just the films.


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The film and concert lineups for the True/False Film Fest have been released — it’s officially time to start freaking out.

When one thinks of True/False, documentaries most certainly come to mind. But some people ― especially T/F newbies ― may not know a lot about the musical side of the March festival.

This year, the festival’s 14th, is expected to have the most diverse lineup of musicians yet, according to True/False’s website. In addition to the live music prior to every film screening, concerts will be hosted every night of the festival.

With 50 acts scheduled to perform, there’s something to satisfy everyone’s taste in tunes.

Festival coordinator Donna Kozloskie told Vox Magazine in an interview that artists and films with similar characteristics will be paired, so the music before each film will complement it.

So for the music junkies out there, here is a concert guide for all things True/False. Brush up on the artists and procedure of purchasing tickets before the festival madness hits Columbia from March 2 to 5.

Must-See Artists

Harpist Mary Lattimore

Lattimore is a harpist based out of Philadelphia who has played harp for over 20 years. Her graceful and delicate sound has been featured on a plethora of soundtrack projects and scores, such as the score to Philippe Garrel’s 1968 experimental silent film “La Révélateur.” Her musicianship even landed her a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an arts-based grant, in 2014.

US Girls

Think psychedelic-meets-indie-meets-electronic music, with a hint of funk. US Girls’ DJ sets will provide the perfect ambient music for the artsy vibes and ecstatic energy of downtown Columbia during the festival.

Very Be Careful

According to True/False’s website, the Los Angeles-based band Very Be Careful specializes in folk music from the “streets of Colombia” ( the country — not Columbia, Missouri). The band performs the traditional Colombian genres of Cumbia and Vallenato music, and it’s sure to get any spectator’s toe tapping in a matter of seconds.

Open Mike Eagle

Michael W. Eagle II, otherwise known as Open Mike Eagle, calls his music “art rap.” The American alternative hip-hop artist was born in Chicago but is now based out of Los Angeles. In addition to his solo career, he is also a member of Project Blowed, Thirsty Fish and Swim Team. His music exudes good vibes and eclectic beats, and he is surely not to be missed during T/F.


Did someone say rager? This electro-indie singer, songwriter and record producer will be performing at The Blue Note on Friday, March 3. MNDR became popular after being featured on Mark Ronson & The Business Intl’s single “Bang Bang Bang” in 2010 and has been creating ever since. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. for the North Dakota native.

Purchasing Tickets

To see the musicians at the concerts or before a film showing, you’ll need to get tickets or a pass. True/False has established a wristband system, with different prices for different bands, ranging from the Simple Band to the Super Circle Band.

You can purchase a pass or band on True/False’s website.

The $30 Busker Band is specifically tailored to music fans. This pass includes admission to all of the different busker concerts and showcases, admission to the Busker’s Last Stand showcase on Sunday night and one movie voucher that can later be exchanged for a particular screening ticket at a local box office or for admission to the Q line.

For more information

To read the entire music lineup for the festival, head to True/False’s website.

Edited by Katherine White |

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