While Bonnaroo promoters have still yet to announce the 2012 lineup for Middle Tennessee’s favorite music festival, BMI and Mercy Lounge are dropping some signif' Road to Bonnaroo deets today. The fourth installment of the local rock scene’s most musically and emotionally combustible multi-round battle of the bands competition — where, in three monthly 8 off 8th installments, 24 local artists vie for three high-stakes cafe stage slots at Bonnaroo — will take place on Feb. 27, March 26 and April 16 at Mercy Lounge. As in previous years, an “industry panel” comprised of local music journalists, bloggers and 8 off 8th hosts will go halvesies with an electorate of audience voters in determining each round’s winner.
Colorfeels, By Lightning!, Toy (Editor's Note: Toy? Who's Toy? What's the Toy story?), The Hollywood Kills, Quichenight, Laura Reed, Sam & Tre and Brandon Jazz and His Armed Forces round out the first set of contenders to face off in round one. While my money is on Sam & Tre, I’d say this is a pretty evenly matched host of festival-hungry hopefuls. It’s anyone’s game, yo. So say you?
In other Bonnaroo news, it looks like local rockers and rappers aren’t the only needy peeps the festival has helped out over the years. Last week ‘Roo promoters announced that, through its philanthropic division, The Bonnaroo Works Fund (BFW), the festival has donated more than $5 million to various local, regional and national charities over the course of its first 10 years. Among those charities are Doctors Without Borders, Head Count, MusicCares, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club of America, the American Red Cross, Rock the Earth and The Sierra Club. The festival also contributed to Nashville Flood relief efforts. A portion of each ticket sold goes towards the BFW. Pretty cool, huh? Read more about it here.
My two cents? As a festival goer, I’d consider the festival paying Prince’s guarantee for an appearance this year a noble, Nobel-worthy humanitarian endeavor that I could commend like a motherfucker. A sexy motherfucker.
Lineups for Road to Bonnaroo rounds two and three (not to mention Bonnaroo itself) are still forthcoming. Follow RTB on Twitter (using #Rd2Bonnaroo) to keep up with all that.
... And just because, here's this: