The Road to Roo, presented by BMI and hosted by Lightning 100, has announced the bands that have been chosen for the preliminary round.
The 16 bands were chosen from more than 250 applicants by a group of judges from Lightning 100 and BMI. Fans can check out the bands at preliminary round showcases to be held at Acme Feed & Seed, with eight bands performing March 3 at 7 p.m., and eight bands playing on March 10 at 7 p.m.
Showcase attendees will be able to vote for their favorite band to advance to the next round of the competition, so fans are encouraged to arrive early and get a ballot.
The 16 bands are: OJR, Daphne and the Mystery Machines, Stagolee, Omega Swan, Cosmic Coast, Kid Freud, CAPPA, Shane Piasecki, Carey, Trenton, KiND, BRUNS, The Cold Stares, Jess Nolan, Roots of a Rebellion, and Heavy Sole.
Eight advancing bands will play at the city semifinals, to be held March 16 at Exit/In and March 22 at the Basement East, both at 8 p.m.
Four bands will advance to play March 31 at 3rd & Lindsley at 8 p.m. and the final band will advance to the Tennessee state finals at Mercy Lounge on April 4 at 9 p.m.
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