If you've got gauntlets on this morning, get ready to throw 'em down, because the Road to Bonnaroo series is a-comin' to Mercy Lounge again — now with 33% more bands! Hats off to Mercy and BMI for keeping this going and upping the ante by adding another night. This year, a total of four Nashville bands will get to play in Manchester, and it's up to all of us to get together and figure out which bands that's gonna be.
A refresher for anyone who somehow managed to miss the RTB hubbub last year: Bands play, 8 off 8th style, and then the audience and a panel of judges (including media types, past 8 off 8th hosts and other dregs of society) vote. Winning band for each night gets to play at the Budweiser Troo Music Lounge at Bonnaroo. Last year's winners were The Features, The Protomen and Heypenny. Seriously some of the most fun shows of the year. Bands seemed to interpret The Protomen's victory on the second night to mean that theatrics were the way to win the popular vote, and whether or not that was true, it'll be interesting to see whether that carries over into 2010.
The dates for this year's all-out throwdown are: February 22, March 22, April 19 and May 17. That means you've got a little over a month to get your costumes together. The lineups for each night have not yet been set, but here are the bands who will be competing for a gig at the 'Roo, in no particular order:
Cheer Up Charlie Daniels
How I Became the Bomb
The Silver Seas
Pico vs. Island Trees