Monday, February 27, 2012

Road to Bonnaroo Round 1 Feat. Sam & Tre, By Lightning!, Colorfeels, Quichenight, Laura Reed, TOY, The Hollywood Kills and Brandon Jazz, Tonight at Mercy Lounge

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 7:45 AM

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Can you smell that? That's the scent of competition, and it looms heavy in the air, like the odorous presence of a fresh kill. Dramatic? Perhaps. But with last night's Oscar ceremony and this evening's Road to Bonnaroo installment — the first of three between now and June — I'd say competition is the harbinger of spring. Will Colorfeels play The Artist to By Lightning!'s The Descendents? Will Sam & Tre hold it down, not unlike three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, or will TOY sneak out of the creeper and seal a victory, like so much Jean Dujardin? Contributor Lance Conzett penned a Critic's Pick on RTB Round 1. Lance, set the stage for us:

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.

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