We've had nearly two weeks to mull over the recently announced Bonnaroo lineup, and dammit, we're still massively disappointed that Prince is nowhere to be seen in the schedule. But where better to recover from our misery than the annual local rock bloodsport known as Road to Bonnaroo? Like its last three years, Road to Bonnaroo will pit eight bands against each other for a spot at this year's 'Roo. A panel of judges and audience voting combine to determine the victor. The combatants for this year's inaugural round include hip-hop duo Sam & Tre, sprawling folk rockers By Lightning!, Afrobeat enthusiasts Colorfeels, freak folkers Quichenight, pop songstress Laura Reed, Angelino active rock quartet TOY, active rockers The Hollywood Kills and, finally, Brandon Jazz — who will attempt to make up for last year's technological mishap that forced him (and his Armed Forces) to forfeit the contest without playing. —LANCE CONZETT
As always with Mercy Lounge's 8 off 8th series, tonight's festivities will cost you no dollars to attend. Show time is 9 p.m.