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January 22, 2014

BMI’s ‘Road to Bonnaroo’ Returns for 2014

Media Alert

WHO:
BMI’s ‘Road to Bonnaroo’ 2014 Round 1 lineup:
The Get Togethers
Them Vibes
The Wans
Shy Guy
Goodbye June
MODOC
Blank Range
Elise Davis
Meth Dad
Majestico

WHAT:
BMI’s ‘Road to Bonnaroo’ 2014 brings Nashville’s indie bands and music fans together for the sixth consecutive year to select three homegrown artists ready to represent the city’s bustling music scene on a national stage. Three spots are up for grabs this year, and the 8 off 8th showcases on February 3 (lineup listed above), March 3, and April 7 will decide who earns the coveted spots at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in June. Last year’s winners include: Ranch GhostAlanna Royale, and Richie.

RTB 2014 will follow the rules established in previous years: As the live-action litmus test, at least 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 determine the other half.

BMI’s involvement underscores the organization’s vital role as an early career counselor and support system for aspiring songwriters and bands. As an initial point of contact for burgeoning artists, BMI serves as a fundamental bridge, connecting promising talent with industry decision-makers, as well as invaluable opportunities, including performance slots on stages at SXSW, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, the Hangout Music Festival, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and more.

The RTB 2014 is sponsored by BMI, the Mercy Lounge, The High Watt, The Nashville Scene and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Follow this year’s competition on Twitter: #Rd2Bonnaroo

WHEN:
Monday, February 3
9 p.m.; Free and Open to 21+
Round Two: Monday, March 3
Round Three: Monday, April 7

WHERE:
Mercy Lounge
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN 37203
mercylounge.com

WHY:
BMI’s involvement underscores the organization’s vital role as an early career counselor and support system for aspiring songwriters and bands. As an initial point of contact for burgeoning artists, BMI serves as a fundamental bridge, connecting promising talent with industry decision-makers, as well as invaluable opportunities, including performance slots on stages at SXSW, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, the Hangout Music Festival, the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and more.


ABOUT BONNAROO:
The 2014 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is slated for June 12-15, in Manchester, Tennessee. A four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a beautiful 700-acre farm, Bonnaroo brings together some of the best performers in rock and roll, along with dozens of artists in complementary styles such as jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica, and just about any contemporary music you can think of. In addition to dozens of epic performances, the festival’s 100-acre entertainment village buzzes around the clock with attractions and activities including a classic arcade, on-site cinema, silent disco, comedy club, theater performers, a beer festival, and a music technology village. For its peaceful vibe, near-flawless logistics, and unrivaled entertainment options, Rolling Stone magazine named this revolutionary entertainment experience one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll.
www.bonnaroo.com

ABOUT 8 OFF 8TH:
BMI proudly presents 8 off 8th, the free weekly showcase held 9 p.m. every Monday at Nashville music venue Mercy Lounge (1 Cannery Row, off 8th Avenue South). Hosted by a rotating lineup of music community impresarios, each night features eight local (and sometimes nationally touring) artists and serves as ground zero for Nashville’s bourgeoning indie rock scene. Whether it’s launching fledging acts fresh out of the garage or showcasing the latest buzz bands, 8 off 8th’s rapid-fire three-song sets satisfy audiences chasing the next big thing.


Media Contact:
Drew Maynard, BMI
615.401.2735
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