Well, we know one band now. Omaha-bred 311 will play the main stage on the fest's first day and they'll bring along their summer tour opener: Sublime with Rome.
It's sort of underwhelming, to be honest. For me, that's because I knew the band would play Red Sky the moment they released a tour schedule a month ago (there was a mysterious TBA date on their schedule during Red Sky).
Don't get me wrong, I like 311. They were the first band I really connected with and for years I would name them as my favorite band. They're a fun live act and they have a new album coming this summer, but I think a lot of folks were expecting a much bigger splash.
In fact, the response on the fest's Facebook page was extremely negative when I checked it this morning. People want more of the lineup. They want to see bands they want to see.
According to a press release, you'll hear the next headliner on May 9. That's next Monday for anyone without a calendar.
It makes me wonder if we'll have to wait six whole weeks before we know the headliners.
I get that they want to drag this thing out and get as much press as they can. But since they originally told me (and I told the world) they were going to have these bands in February, people have already waited long enough.
You have the lineup in your hands, MECA. Just give it to people already. It will help your cause. I promise.
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311's Twitter says the band will offer pre-sales for the Red Sky date at 311.com/shows starting tomorrow.
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According to the latest news release, the Battle of the Local Bands will include 24 bands.
They say that more than 75 bands have shown interest, though I assume that's every band that's contacted MECA since this thing was revealed in December.