Road to Roo Atlanta City Finals: The Winner Is…

Sixteen Atlanta bands started on the Road to Roo to win a spot on state at the 2018 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.  These bands performed around Atlanta at MadLife Stage & Studios and Smith’s Olde Bar to reach the Road to Roo Atlanta City Finals.  The final bands that performed tonight at Sports & Social were Sunny South Blues Band, Chelsea Shag, The Howling Tongues and Camera BoxSports & Social quartered off a section of the sports bar to transform it into a concert venue  for the night.  Friends, family and fans were joined by bar and dining patrons for the last stretch of the Atlanta Road to Roo competition.  The performances by each of the bands were a step above their performances that I had seen in earlier rounds.  The crowd was abuzz with excitement and anticipation with each of the bands and their fans huddled together awaiting the announcement of the winners.

The announcement of the Road to Roo Atlanta City Finals brought excitement for Camera Box and Chelsea Shag as the judges announced that they would be moving on the Georgia State Finals of the Road to Roo.  Unfortunately, Camera Box’s Road to Roo hopes of performing on stage at Bonnaro came to a screeching halt when they learned in the days to after the announcement that they would not be moving on.  In a moment reminiscent of Steve Harvey and the 2015 Miss Universe Contest and more recently the 89th Academy Awards show’s incorrect presentation of Best Picture, Camera Box learned that official contest rules allowed for only one band from Atlanta to move on to the final round.  This music fan would have loved to see Chelsea Shag, Camera Box and two bands from Athens continue on the Road to Roo in the state final but hey, I’m just a music junkie wanting more!

On April 12th we will see Chelsea Shag on stage to represent Atlanta in the George Road to Roo Finals.   Atlanta will be represented well by Chelsea Shag as she competes against the Athens Road to Roo City Finals winner, The Norm.

Just after the Road to Roo Atlanta City Finals Chelsea Shag dropped her official video for her single “Poise.”  Take a listen to this energetic, funky and soulful track.


Road to Roo Atlanta City Finalists

Despite the frustration associated with the announcement snafu the blues influenced alternative rock quintet, Camera Box, is excited about what’s to come for the band.  You can catch them live on May 19th at Vinyl.

Add their latest album, Physical, to your playlist and take a listen on Spotify.  Enjoy “If You Want To” from Physical performed live at the Road to Roo Atlanta City Finals.


The Sunny South Blues Band is from Clermont, Georgia and they ARE excited every time they perform.  The bands blend of blues, soul and southern flavored rock n’ roll. makes for a rowdy show.

You can hear them live on May 18th in the Music Room at Smith’s Olde Bar.  Add their self titled debut album, Sunny South Blues Band, on Spotify.  “D B L” is the first track on their album, take a listen to it performed live at the Road to Roo Atlanta City Finals.

Classic garage rock band The Howling Tongues is on a mission to bring back the roots of rock’n’roll with loud guitar amps, giant kick drums, fuzzy bass tones, over-driven organ, and raspy vocals.

Add their albums Boo Hiss and The Howling Tongues to your music library.

Road to Roo Georgia on YouTube

It’s been an awesome ride so far.  Be sure to check out video from the bands that performed in the Georgia edition of the 2018 Road to Roo.  Special thanks to Andrew Riley of Doghouse Atlanta for support with the audio production of the videos from the Athens Road to Roo City Finals.

Road to Roo Georgia State Finals

Your chance to Listen Local and Listen Live at the Rood to Roo State Finals happens on April 12th at Sport & Social at the Battery.  Doors for the show are at 7PM and the first band hits the stage at 8PM.  Who will be heading to perform on stage at Bonnaroo?  Chelsea Shag or The Norm?  See you there to find out!