Pittsburgh artist Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, will headline next Thursday's N9NE Festival. PITCH PERFECT

Next Thursday's N9NE Festival at Tucson Electric Park - on the ninth day of the ninth month, get it? - will feature the crazy, mashed-up sound of headliner Girl Talk, plus two huge water slides and mountains of foam for your partying pleasure.

The inaugural festival is the brainchild of Adam Richman, a 20-year old University of Arizona junior.

Richman, a business student who is majoring in regional development, has been working on the N9NE fest idea since last November, he said.

"We wanted to put together the perfect experience for college students," said Richman. "We wanted something more than just going down to Rialto for a show, we wanted it to be something bigger, with all sorts of stuff going on, to make for a total party atmosphere."

Famed mashup-specializing DJ and music producer Girl Talk will headline the party, with opening acts Far East Movement and Silver Medallion also on board.

"We wanted someone who straddles between different types of music," said Richman of Girl Talk. "Instead of just a rapper, we have a guy who does dance music, rap music, everything."

See next week's Caliente for more about the N9NE Festival.

If you go

• What: N9NE Festival, featuring a foam pit and entertainment from Girl Talk, Far East Movement and Silver Medallion.

• When: Next Thursday at 7 p.m.

• Where: Tucson Electric Park, 2500 E. Ajo Way.

• Tickets: $25, or $22 for UA students, available online at www.N9NEFest.com. Tickets $30 at the gate.

Adam Lehrer is a UA journalism student who is apprenticing at the Star. He can be reached at starapprentice@azstarnet.com