St. Petersburg band Polyenso playing Bonnaroo 2016
The 2016 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival unveiled its day-by-day schedule Thursday, and leaping out from its Thursday slate is a name that should be familiar to Tampa Bay music fans: Polyenso.
The St. Petersburg alt-rock band has a prime-time slot on the opening day of Bonnaroo 2016, performing at 10 p.m. in the "New Music on Tap Lounge." In a scheudling quirk, for 15 full minutes, from 10:15 to 10:30 p.m., Polyenso will be the only live band performing at Bonnaroo.
"It's a huge step in exactly the direction that we've been aiming towards," said vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Alex Schultz. "All we can say is that we've got an amazing team behind us and they're pulling out all the stops to get this record heard."
"This record" is Polyenso's excellent sophomore LP Pure in the Plastic, released in April. They've received some glowing reviews and are gearing up for a big spring and summer, playing not only Bonnaroo but the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta and opening a tour with PVRIS.
The band, which also includes Brennan Taulbee and Denny Agosto, recently took over Paper Crane, an apartment, rehearsal and art space at 910 Fifth Ave. N in St. Pete. They don't have any local shows lined up at the moment, but keep an eye out -- when they get back to town, they'll be alumni of one of the biggest and most acclaimed music festivals in North America.
Polyenso will be the second Tampa Bay band to play Bonnaroo in the past five years. In 2012, bluegrass/jam band the Applebutter Express also scored a coveted invite.
This year's Bonnaroo headliners include Pearl Jam, LCD Soundsystem, Dead and Company, J. Cole and Tame Impala.
"We're honored to be a part of the festival this year, and to be playing alongside bands of that magnitude," Schultz said.
-- Jay Cridlin