BMI Expands Search For “Road to ‘Roo” Battle Of The Bands

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BMI’s “Road to ‘Roo” Battle of the Bands is expanding its search for the best bands in the Southeast.

The performing rights organization has partnered with Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival to expand “Road to ‘Roo” beyond Nashville to include three additional cities. Atlanta, Athens, and Knoxville have been added as participating cities. Sixteen bands from each city will be ultimately be chosen for the initial round of battle of the bands. The competition will launch the week of Feb. 29.

Applications for interested bands will be posted on participating radio station websites: Georgia’s Rock 100.5 WNNX-FM; 103.7 Chuck FM WXKT-FM; 106.1 Your Georgia Country WNGC-FM and Power 100.1 WPUP-FM and Tennessee’s 103.5 Classic Rock WIMZ-FM and Lightning 100 WRLT-FM.

“We could not be more excited for this expanded edition of Road to Roo,” said Mark Mason, Executive Director, BMI Writer-Publisher. “It’s a great opportunity to get our licensees involved with the battle of the bands process. It’s time to see the best the Southeast has to offer!”

Three bands will win the honor of playing at Bonnaroo, to be held June 9-12, in Manchester, Tennessee. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the festival attracts more than 85,000 attendees each year to experience four days of music, comedy, cinema, art, wellness and more.


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