If you’re still getting into the 2020 groove, and looking to ease back into showgoing with some quality local tunes, we have a stacked local lineup to recommend for Sunday, Jan. 19 at The Basement East! Still relatively new to the scene (though formerly members of long-running outfit Forlorn Strangers) headlining indie pop rock duo The Rally Club are a buzzy local fixture you should be keeping an eye on, especially with a debut album set to arrive soon. Joining the group are a pair of acts regular readers should be more than familiar with: eclectic retro pop artist Harpooner and folky rockers Roanoke, both highly-recommended, stellar live acts. While you can still snag tickets right here, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan, in our first contest of the year. Read on for more about the show, and enter for a chance to win below!
THE RALLY CLUB
Though they only formally debuted on the local scene last year, making a strong introduction with debut single “No Room” and more recent followup “Diana,” and fast becoming a buzzy live fixture around town, the members of groovy, energetic indie pop rock outfit The Rally Club are no strangers to the Nashville scene. Formed by husband and wife Hannah Leigh Lusk and Benjamin Lusk, and Hannah’s sister Abigail Dempsey (who just recently announced her departure in favor of solo endeavors), before The Rally Club, all members were part of accomplished local Americana outfit Forlorn Strangers. And though that prior group was great, The Rally Club’s more pop-oriented, contemporary direction is certainly more our speed, and definitely seems to suit the Lusk’s musical sensibilities very well. They’re still a new band, so while there isn’t much music (or more of a bio) to share just yet, you can expect a debut full-length in the near future, and much more to come from The Rally Club throughout 2020. Supporting a local act on the rise definitely sounds like a great way to help kick off the new year (and, for now, is the only way to check out more of The Rally Club’s tunes)!
Hailing from Bloomington, Indiana, but based in Nashville for several years, eclectic, psych-tinged, retro pop artist Harpooner has long been a site favorite. The project, a musical alias of Scott Schmadeke (who’s served as a side player for artists like Houndmouth, Diane Coffee, Andrew Combs, and countless locals) released a debut full-length, Rose Park, in 2016, but has a been a formidable presence in the local scene for much longer, adopting self-proclaimed “chamber groove pop” sound which features a lush, baroque, layered vibe, psych flourishes, and midwestern flair. Since Rose Park, Harpooner has grown from promising local up and comer to an artist attracting well-deserved national press (and on bills with the likes of Margo Price and Rayland Baxter), and with such a unique and hypnotic style, we have no doubt that he’s destined to resonate on a much wider scale, especially when highly-anticipated sophomore effort arrives soon. If this project have somehow slipped by you, this is a perfect chance to get acquainted, and a stellar addition to this stacked local show.
Anchored by the powerful duo of Taylor Dupuis and Joey Beesley, and long since expanded to become a proper full band, folky, Americana roots rock outfit Roanoke have been a Nashville fixture turned breakout national act for a number of years now. Veterans of our Acme showcase series several years back, Roanoke’s lush instrumentation, knack for soaring harmonies, penchant for storytelling, and timeless ability to incorporate classic and contemporary tones has set them in a class of their own. Drawing strong reviews for their eponymous 2016 LP, the band’s sound become even more eclectic with 2018’s well-received followup EP, Where I Roam, honed and electrified by countless dates clocked on the road. A group we always recommend catching live, Roanoke cement this bill as one of the first must-see local shows of the year, and make showing up early a must!
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 18+ to attend. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
Winner will be announced Friday, Jan. 17 at 12 p.m. CST, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
The Rally Club, Harpooner, and Roanoke will perform Sunday, Jan. 19 at The Basement East. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $6-10.