BMI’s Road to Bonnaroo 2013 (RTB 2013) brings 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. Round one was held on February 25, and Nashville-based Alanna Royale won over the crowd and judges, earning her a coveted spot at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. See photo and info below. There are still two spots left, and 8 off 8th showcases on March 25 (lineup listed below) and April 15 will decide who goes to Manchester in June.
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 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.
Monday, March 25
9 p.m.; Free and Open to 21+
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN 37203
Follow this year’s competition on Twitter: #Rd2Bonnaroo