BMI’s Road to Bonnaroo 2013 (RTB 2013) will bring Nashville’s indie bands and music fans together for the fifth consecutive year to select three homegrown artists ready to represent the city’s bustling music scene on a national stage. Slated for three Mondays during BMI’s 8 off 8th shows at the Mercy Lounge over the next three months – February 25, March 25 and April 15 – RTB 2013 will offer one slot each night to perform at the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, June 13-16 in Manchester, Tenn.
The stage is set for round one on Monday, February 25 with energetic, three-song performances by Sol Cat, Five Knives, Alanna Royale, Magnolia Sons, Dylan McDonald & the Avians, Grass Root Kids, Schools, and The Young International. The show begins promptly at 9PM and is free to anyone 21 years of age and older.
RTB 2013 will follow the rules established in previous years: As the live-action litmus test, eight bands will perform three-song sets during each installment of the series. To select the evening’s top contender, an industry panel comprised of local music journalists, bloggers, and 8 off 8th hosts will contribute one half of the verdict, while fan votes through onsite ballots will determine the other half.
As the nation’s spotlight remains laser-focused on Nashville, more eyes bring greater expectations and up the five-year-old RTB’s already considerable ante. The lineup for the first round of RTB 2013 meets the challenge and sets the bar sky high.
The RTB 2013 is sponsored by BMI, the Mercy Lounge, The Nashville Scene, and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN 37203
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