In April 14 Issue
Local band “The Dirty Grindstones” are competing against more than 700 bands and acts from across the nation for a chance to play at the 10th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. on June 9-12.
Band member Zach Grider said Friday, April 15 is the last day to download a track via Facebook from any of the bands in the Road to Roo challenge as that counts as a vote.
The top eight downloaded artists will move on to be reviewed by Bonnaroo's music supervisors and two will be booked to play at Bonnaroo. As of presstime, The Dirty Grindstones set at the nine spot, one spot away the cut off for review by the event's music supervisors.
The two winning bands will get $1,000 and take the stage at Bonnaroo alongside artists like Eminem, Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Lil Wayne, Robert Plant, Mumford & Sons, Alison Krauss, Gregg Allman, Wiz Khalifa, Mavis Staples, Bruce Hornsby, The Low Anthem and many more.
To vote, while logged into your Facebook account go to http://bonnaroo.sonicbids.com and select The Dirty Grindstones in the top downloads box to the left. Once you reach the band's page, hit download to cast your vote for The Dirty Grindstones.
The band is comprised of Brandon Roush, Austin Roush, Brandon Schleter, Mike Jones, Zach Grider and Tyler Blair. Grider said the band turned in an application through sonicbids, a website helping to sponsor the music festival, and voting began last Tuesday.
"Anybody that has a Facebook can vote," he said. "It is just like you're downloading a free song of ours."
He said as long as they stay in the top eight this week, they'll be in good shape.
The band also recently won the 2011 Pop-Country Rock' N Roll Revival Battle of the Bands at the Russell County Schools Auditorium Complex and will be the opening act for country recording group Halfway 2 Hazard on April 30th at the auditorium complex.
"We're definitely excited about it," Grider said. "It will be one of the bigger shows we've done. We're really pumped about that."
The group has been together for four years and won the Battle of the Bands at the state fair in Louisville last summer as well as the Lake Cumberland Battle of the Bands in Somerset in 2008.
In the summer of 2009 the band appeared at the prestigious Master Musicians Festival alongside the likes of Richie Havens.
Grider, who plays keyboard and trumpet, said the group's genre is alternative rock mixed with some blues and funk.
"All kinds of people would enjoy it," he said of his group's music. "You won't be able to sit still; we'll have you up and dancing.
The group is made up of members from both Russell and Pulaski counties and formed by just being good friends with one another. They enjoyed their own style of music and wanted to compete against fellow bands.
"We appreciate everyone who votes for us," he said. "If you haven't heard our music you can visit our Facebook page or our Myspace page or come out to the Halfway 2 Hazard show, we'd love to have as many as we could out."