Eyes of the Elders. Photo courtesy eyesoftheelders.net.

Eyes of the Elders and Paleface, two local bands in Charlotte, are vying for a chance to play the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, a four-day, festival held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn., this June. The festival attracts 75,000-80,000 people every year.

The top eight downloaded artists will move on to be reviewed by Bonnaroo’s music supervisors who will then select only two bands to perform at Bonnaroo. Those two bands will get $1,000 each and take the stage at Bonnaroo alongside national artists like Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne, Alison Krauss and more. The contest ends at midnight on Friday, April 15.

Eyes of the Elders was voted Best New Band in Charlotte 2009 by Creative Loafing readers. They describe themselves as a “genre-busting, high energy live instrumentation hip-hop band” and, according to CL’s Tim Davis “just as likely to kick out a banjo riff as a big bass bumper. Eyes of the Elders’ backpack-’n’-a-sack wraps should be on more shoulders than Jansport right about now.”

Indie Folk and Americana Folk rocker Paleface has recorded an album with The Avett Brothers, was named a one of the “Top 10 Standout SXSW bands of 2010” by The Denver Post and has toured both the U.S. and Europe.

Votes will be counted by the number of times each band’s music is downloaded.

How to vote:

  1. Visit Eyes of the Elders here. Visit for Paleface here.
  2. Click “Download”
  3. Click “Like” on the Bonnaroo page
  4. Accept their terms and conditions
  5. Click “Download” one more time and you have cast your vote,

Eyes of the Elders are also giving voters a new single for free. Voters are also entered in a chance to win two free tickets to Bonnaroo 2011.

More local coverage:
“Locals hoping to play Bonnaroo,” Creative Loafing
“Charlotte band Eyes of the Elders competing to perform at Bonnaroo,” CLT Blog

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.