Allen Thompson, Creature Comfort, Stelle Amor, & More Compete in FREE Road to Roo Preliminary Round | TONIGHT @ Acme


We went over this last year, but former Battle of the Bands-style competition series the “Road to Bonnaroo,” in which three Mercy Lounge showcases resulted in three local bands earning a coveted Bonnaroo spot, came to a close after its 2015 season. However, last year, the similarly-named but very differently structured Road to Roo, hosted by our friends at Lightning 100, sprung up in its place.

Spread out across town, the Road to Roo is more of a bracket-style series, and results in one single, state-wide winner, selected over the course of several weeks. Submissions ended awhile back, and even the first preliminary round, which took place last week at Cannery Ballroom, snuck by us. Tonight, March 8, at Acme Feed & Seed, the second preliminary round is happening for FREE, and if you want to help tip the scale and send some local favorites one step closer to the finals, you’ll need to show up by 9.m. (and ideally, by the 6 p.m. start time) to vote.

Here’s how it works: both March 1 and March 8, eight locals bands were selected to compete in random order, playing short preliminary round sets for an audience who then vote to select four from each show (or eight total) to advance to the semifinals. The semifinals are March 14 at The Basement East and March 23 at 3rd & Lindsley, and four bands from each preliminary round will compete, performing slightly longer sets, in random order (meaning some from each show are likely to be matched up). Two bands from each semifinal round, so four total, will be selected by vote to advance to the City Finals, which will be held at The Basement East on March 28. In the City Finals, the four bands will be given an even longer set time, and one winner will be selected. Surely that’s the end, right? Nope! One final final round, the Tennessee State Finals, will take place April 5 at Acme Feed & Seed, where Nashville’s winner will compete against a winner from Memphis (who, presumably, had to battle their way though a similar process), and one of those two acts will be crowned supreme victor, finally awarded a spot at Bonnaroo 2017.

Last year, local boys Roots of a Rebellion won out. This year’s Nashville competition began with Arlie, The Black Mags, BRUNS, Maradeen, Daniel Donato, Forest Fire Gospel Choir, Kid Freud, and Omega Swan, the latter four advancing to the next round. The remaining semifinalists will be chosen tonight from a preliminary pool of the Allen Thompson BandThe BumbsCody HugginsCreature ComfortDoran DanoffLydia BrittanThe Middle Ground, and Stelle Amor. Since it’s at Acme, the show is technically 21+ (sometimes you can get in early with the all ages dinner crowd though), and things are set to get stared at 6 p.m.. As we stated, voting ends by 9 p.m., so you’ll need to be punctual if you want to affect the outcome. Check out a preview of tonight’s lineup below, and keep an eye out for updates as this year’s competition moves forward!

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East Nashville Underground: A Magical Reunion | Saturday Day Preview

ENU Reunion

For a number of years, East Nashville Underground served as a quarterly, weekend-long, drunken get-together; a showcase of some of Nashville’s finest up and coming artists (many of whom have gone on to do some very impressive things since) that grew out of its basement beginnings to literally putting The East Room on the map. It’s been a little over two years since the festival’s final installment, but we often think back fondly, not only about the incredible music we were able to catch on such a regular basis, but about the community that formed around it. Yes, ENU was a nothing short of a family, and, as families do, they’ve announced a long-awaited reunion, set to take place over three nights (and one day) this weekend, Thursday Nov. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 21 at new east side hang The Basement East.

The “magical reunion” lineup is, naturally, stacked with a ton of blog faves, all ENU alumni.  We’re getting you familiar through a series of posts. We brought Thursday and Friday previews already, and, below, we’ve got the rundown on the Saturday day show bill, with KS RhoadsWaterfall WashAllen Thompson Band, and Jon Byrd & Byrd’s Auto Parts. You can still get weekend tickets for $35 ($50 for VIP), or, while supplies last, you can get single day tickets at the door for $15. The day show starts at 4 p.m. (doors at 3 p.m.), lunch will be available from Actual Food Nashville, and the event is 21+.

Head below to get revved up, and have an awesome reunion weekend!

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Hear Lauren Farrah, Los Colognes, and More at CoverFest Tonight at Basement East


Tonight, October 8th, several of our favorite local acts are coming together for CoverFest at the Basement East. Starting at 8PM, you can catch great local talent covering well known artists. Joseph Robert Krauss will be performing Jackson Browne songs and Dani Flowers will be doing Steve Earle. The Allen Thompson Band will be performing as the Eagles. Lauren Farrah will be covering Fleetwood Mac and Los Colognes will be doing songs from Bob Dylan’s Infidels album. There will also be a special 75th birthday tribute to John Lennon.

CoverFest features great local talent doing songs that everyone knows and loves. It’ll make for a great night of interesting takes on classic songs and well known versions that everyone can sing along to. Doors for this show are at 7:30 pm, the show is 21+, and tickets are available for $10 at the door or online here.  In the spirit of Lennon’s 75th, head below, hit play, and enjoy.

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[REMINDER] Join Us At The East Nashville Crawfish Bash This Saturday May 9th!

Palaver crawfish bash

We’ve been excited about the upcoming Crawfish Bash that we’re helping to put on with Palaver Records and Yazoo.  We already gave away a pair of VIP passes, and now the big day is finally almost here! This Saturday at the grassy lot in Five Points next to Bongo Java East starting at 11 a.m. we’re helping to put on a full day of FREE music featuring a slew of our favorite local artists. There will also be boiled crawfish and beer, as well as stuff to check out from local vendors, including kids friendly activities. If you don’t want to wait in line, VIP passes are still available that get you free crawfish, beer discounts, and merch as well as line-skipping powers.

The Crawfish Bash has a spectacular lineup of Nashville based musicians that spans genres, including Kim Logan, Kyle Andrews, Blackfoot Gypsies, Sexx, The Blue Velvets, The Future, Them Vibes, and many more. That’s right, that’s not even close to the full lineup. So, read on to see who is playing when, and find out more about the bands.

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[VIP Ticket Giveaway] East Nashville Crawfish Bash Sponsored By Palaver Records | Saturday, May 9

Palaver crawfish bash

We’ve already let you know that we’re teaming up with local indie label Palaver Records and Yazoo to put on what is shaping up to be a killer FREE all-day outdoor music event, featuring a slew of our favorite local bands, at the grassy knoll in Five Points next to Bongo Java East on Saturday, May 9. The Crawfish Bash will kick off at 11 a.m. and run all day long with bands, beer, and boiled crawfish for all. We’re also giving away a pair of VIP passes that include free mudbugs, schwag, beer discounts, and VIP no-wait lines. Bands include but are not limited to Kim Logan, Kyle Andrews, The Tip, Blackfoot Gypsies, Allen Thompson Band, Sexx, The Blue Velvets, and The Future. This lineup includes a ton of super talented local artists you’ve likely heard us gush about in the past, and now you can hear them all in one day for free! If you want to get to know the full line-up, as well as sign up for that VIP giveaway, read on.

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