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.