Announcing our first Southland bands: St. Paul & the Broken Bones, J Roddy Walston & the Business
We are only a few months away from our Southland conference and we have some exciting news to announce today on the entertainment front.
Southland takes place in Nashville, TN in the two days in June before Bonnaroo. Doing your conference in Music City, U.S.A. right before the country's best music and arts festival definitely comes with benefits. For one thing we're excited to announce that our entertainment partners for Southland will be Bonnaroo's co-producers A.C. Entertainment and Superfly. Together we are putting together an amazing night time program for attendees which we are calling "Southland Music by Bonnaroo".
Our Tuesday night lineup will have two of the best new live bands in the country playing our conference venue Marathon Music Works. The first band is St. Paul & the Broken Bones who hail from Birmingham, Alabama- which ain't that far from Muscle Shoals, explaining their soulful greasy sound. These guys have built a great reputation as a live band and are just starting to break nationally with appearances on CBS launching them into the top three downloads on iTunes over the weekend. Here's a preview of how great this band is live:
Also on the bill is ATO recording artist J Roddy Walston & the Business who formed in Cleveland, Tennessee. Bret McCabe from Baltimore's City Paper once described the band as "what would happen if Queen and Black Oak Arkansas birthed four boys in the backwoods and let them listen to nothing but Cheap Trick and show tunes". I don't know how you can top that as a description.
Here's a little video proof:
Prior to the show we're going to have great whiskey, local brews and a few of Nashville's hottest food trucks on hand to make sure you're in good order to get your rock on.
We'll be announcing more speakers, bands and other entertainment over the next few weeks and months. Southland tickets are on sale now. Get 'em while they're hot.