$10 Cover @ the Door / Start 5:30pm / Doors 5pm
Rookin returns to the place of its birth to play its extra-official LP Release Show on the very weekend its first album, "Unionism," comes out on UK indie label Medical Records. Fresh-pressed display LPs will be on hand and available for order, backstock t-shirts will see the light of day after a long hibernation, and the only Americana band that began as a class project on the Civil War will ride again.
Named after a pseudo-mythical Louisiana freshwater shark, the Brooklyn-based band Rookin began as a college class project on the Civil War. Years later, it has become a long-term endeavor to craft a new kind of Americana music — a warm and weird blend of folk, rock, and soul, reflecting the closeness and commitment of the lifelong friendships at the band's heart. Debut album Unionism, due out November 30 on indie label Medical Records, expands on the band’s roots in Americana to take the listener on a far-ranging trip through this country’s history: from the death-by-steamboat-explosion of Mark Twain’s brother in 1858 up to the many perils of present day American life, Unionism speaks to everything from the Battle of Nashville to the atomic bomb to falling in love.