Several downtown venues have joined forces to create a mini-music festival this Saturday.

Dubbed Exile on Congress Street, the event will be held at the Rialto Theatre, Club Congress and in and around the Playground nightclub, and will feature five stages, all of which can be accessed for $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

The fest is in response to the upcoming end of road construction downtown, as well as the postponement of this year's Club Crawl, which was originally scheduled to take place this weekend.

Curtis McCrary, executive director of the Rialto Theatre Foundation said when organizers put the Crawl on hold, an event that brings thousands downtown each spring, he began talking with Playground owner Kade Mislinski and Congress booker David Slutes to see what could be done.

"Given that it was the second weekend of Coachella and a lot of talent was potentially available, we thought we would explore our options," he said.

They came up with Exile, an event with local and national acts performing at the three venues.

Alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr. will headline The Rialto, with the indie ensemble Polica at Club Congress and local cumbia bands such as Chicha Dust playing the Congress patio.

At Playground, a silent disco, where patrons dance to live DJs over headphones, will take place on the rooftop, with local rock bands in the club's back lot.

McCrary said Exile is not meant to replace Club Crawl.

"We are not planning on doing this event in perpetuity," he said. "It was something that organically emerged. We'll see how it goes."

Doors for Exile open at 7 p.m. Visit for more info.

Gerald M. Gay