Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Road to Bonnaroo 2011: Dates and First Eight Bands Announced

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 12:02 PM

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Here we go again: The 2011 installment of the Road to Bonnaroo series is nearly upon us! Time to get swept up in the fervor, controversy and smack-talking videos! The dates for this year's RTB 8 off 8ths at Mercy Lounge are as follows: Feb. 28, March 21 and April 18.

If you're unfamiliar, this is the contest in which three Nashville bands will get to play Bonnaroo, but only if they're able to win over the hearts and minds of voters and panelists at the Road to Bonnaroo shows. The winner each night is determined by audience voting (50 percent) and by an industry panel (50 percent). And here's the lineup for the first show, Feb. 28:

Courtney Jaye
Majestico
Chancellor Warhol
Heartbeater
Evan P. Donohue
Kink Ador
Sleeper Agent
Tyler Bryant

Due to all kinds of lineup fluctuations in years past, the folks at BMI and Mercy Lounge have decided to announce the bands for each show separately, rather than all at once. It's too early to talk early favorites, you guys, but seriously, who are the early favorites here? Will this be the year Nashville sends an MC to Bonnaroo? Or will it be a guitar-slinger? Or a shoegazer?

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