I have mixed feelings about the Road to Bonnaroo. On one hand, the folks at A.C. Entertainment really don't have to pander to us local rock winos--they could coast on that whole Springsteen/Costello/Beasties thing and we'd still think highly of them--but they're making a concerted effort to be part of the community and that fucking rules. I'm also honored that the folks at Mercy asked me to help pick bands. Thanks for thinking of me, folks. I'll try not to barf anywhere inappropriate.
But I really don't like the whole "judging" aspect of the gig. Yes, I relish knowing (that for one night at least) I've hindered the career of Mike's Pawn Shop, but beyond that it's like choosing which of your children gets the life jacket while your boat sinks in shark-infested waters. Awkward. This week it's pretty simple, though; I'm voting for The Kindergarten Circus, and you should too. What better way to show 80,000 out-of-towners how awesome our rock scene is than to send a bunch of 17-year-olds playing bad-ass tornado-blues? And seriously, who doesn't want to see Bucket City make a clean sweep of the Road to Bonnaroo? If you vote for anybody else, you hate tornado victims. And kittens. Just sayin'. The Kindergarten Circus's debut LP is coming out later this summer, but for now, have yourself an MP3:
TKC go on at 9:15 (they've got school tomorrow) so get there on time for once in yer life and, ya know, vote early and vote often. And all kidding aside, the seven bands I would throw to the sharks are all quite good--you could say they're chummy. (Ba-dump-cha!) Any of them will be fun to see it at the ol' Roo. Frankly, it's a win-win-cubed-to-the-power-of-ten situation. Full 8 off lineup after the jump.
9:15 Kindergarten Circus
9:40 Jacob Jones
10:05 The Tits
10:30 Shoot the Mountain
11:20 Elle Macho
12:10 Space Capone