Road to Bonnaroo Announces Round Two Lineup, March 3 at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt



Well, the dust from Monday night's first Road to Bonnaroo band skirmish (featuring winners Blank Range) hasn't even settled, and already we're gearing up for the next one. If you're not familiar with the BMI-sponsored, Mercy Lounge-hosted Road to Bonnaroo series ... well then first of all, welcome to the local Internet. And second, RTB is a multi-installment band battle in which local performers compete for a handful of spots at June's annual music and arts fest in Manchester, Tenn.

The second of this year's three Road to Bonnaroo installments will take place on March 3 at Mercy Lounge and The High Watt, and — as with Round One — will feature 10 local performers rather than the usual Mercy Lounge 8 off 8th number of (you guessed it) eight. So who's playing this go-round? Glad you asked. Here's the list:

* Alt-rocking newcomers The Common Tiger
* Indie-pop troupe El El, led by former Heypenny frontman Ben Elkins
* New Wave-informed gloomy post-punks Future Unlimited (seen last year in their Shia LaBeouf-directed "Haunted Love" video)
* Self-described "forward-thinking hip-hop/R&B group" Jung Youth
* Riff rockers Justin Kalk Orchestra
* Garage-rocking psychedelic funnymen (and Cream faves) Music Band
* Indie-pop songstress Rebecca Roubion
* Landlocked surf-pop crew Repeat Repeat
* Nerd-friendly, poppy indie rockers Scale Model
* And post-punky rockers The Young International (who played RTB last year, which apparently does not disqualify them)

"To select the evening’s top contender," says BMI's press release, "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."

Godspeed to the competitors.

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