Nashville Rocks: Kesha; Road To Bonnaroo

kNashville native Kesha is raging the pop scene from her new base in Los Angeles. Her just released debut album Animal entered the Billboard Top 200 chart last week in the No. 1 slot, with 152,000 units sold, driven mostly by hit lead single, “Tik Tok.” The former Brentwood High student Kesha Sebert is daughter of local songwriter Pebe Sebert. Kesha also sings on Flo Rida’s major 2009 hit “Right Round,” and appears in the video for Katy Perry’s single, “I Kissed a Girl.”


The Road to Bonnaroo contest is helping local rock acts vie for a coveted performance spot at Bonnaroo. Thirty-two bands—eight each night—will compete during four nights of BMI’s free 8 off 8th showcase series at Mercy Lounge. Shows are set for February 22, March 22, April 19 and May 17.

A panel of industry judges will vote for 50% of the total score, and onsite fan votes will make up the other 50%. Among the many finalists are AutoVaughn, Caitlin Rose, Cassino, Cortney Tidwell, Glossary, How I Became the Bomb, Kyle Andrews, Nobility, Space Capone and The Silver Seas.

The contest, sponsored by BMI, Mercy Lounge, Yuengling, Camping World, and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, offers four slots at Bonnaroo 2010, slated for June 10-13, in Manchester, Tennessee.


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