When: Mon., Feb. 28, 9 p.m. 2011
Of all the local battles of bands, none generate the storm and stress that the now-annual Road to Bonnaroo series does. If you don’t believe us, check some of the comment threads at our music blog, Nashville Cream — this has got to be the only concert series in town with conspiracy theorists. (Yes, we cast a vote. No, we’re not in cahoots with some wicked cabal that hates your favorite band.) Competing for a coveted slot at this year’s Bonnaroo festival, eight acts per week — these three free shows serve as special editions of the regular 8 of 8th series — fight it out for three tickets to Manchester glory. And this year’s inaugural lineup is worthy of all the attention-grabbing antics, overly social networking and vote-seducing glad-handing that will surely ensue: Singer-songwriter Courtney Jaye, glam-rock auteur Majestico, smooth-spitting MC Chancellor Warhol, shoegaze heroes Heartbeater, surf-rock heartthrob Evan P. Donohue, funky rockers Kink Ador, Southern rockers The Kicks and ace guitar-slinger Tyler Bryant kick off what is sure to be another crazy, heated run of shows.