ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, MONTY ARE I and more at the Pike Room

doors at 6PM
tickets: $10 (buy tickets)


Fayetteville, NC based-band ROOKIE OF THE YEAR began as a solo project by frontman and vocalist Ryan Dunson and over the past three years, has evolved into a collaborative effort and full band, thanks to the addition of guitarist Mike Kamerman and bassist, Pat Murphy. Rookie of The Year has made an indelible impression on the scene they came up in, playing numerous dates on the Vans Warped Tour, rocking out energetic sets at Bamboozle year after year, and building a loyal fan base one person and one city at a time. With the release of the debut LP “The Goodnight Moon”, in 2006, Rookie garnered incredible amounts of accolades from both fans and media. With the band’s sophomore effort, “Sweet Attention”, Rookie has refined their songwriting and sonic skills, offering an ear pleasing pallet of sounds that will greatly expand the ranks of their already loyal and rabid fan base. And today with over 7 million plays at and major national tours with artists like Secondhand Serenade, Cute Is What We Aim For, MEST, Quietdrive, and The Spill Canvas under their belts, it’s pretty clear that Rookie of The Year is set to break out! We expect you and the rest of the world will be paying attention!

Plus MONTY ARE I: Adding some brass instrumentation to post-hardcore, Providence, Rhode Island quintet Monty Are I (previously named "Monty's Fan Club" and "Monty") are Steve Aiello (vocals, guitar), Mike Matarese (bass), Andrew Borstein (keyboard, trombone), and identical twins Justin Muir (drums) and Ryan Muir (vocals, guitar, trumpet). In addition to playing dates on three Vans Warped Tours, the band has been on the road with My Chemical Romance, Story of the Year, Yellowcard, and Taking Back Sunday. Following a few self-released demos and EPs, Stolen Transmission records -- an imprint of Island -- issued the band's first full-length in August 2006, titled Wall of People. The group has recently finished recording their new album which will be released later this year.

With HOLLYWOOD HEARTTHROB: With their debut album, The Takeover, being released late in 2008, Hollywood Heartthrob is being talked about as “the next big thing” in 2009. Critics proclaim Hollywood Heartthrob a unique blend of todays pop/rock with blazing guitars and the glitz and glamour of 80's metal.

THE SUMMER HIGHLIGHT: Formed in August of 2008 with the desire to play music on a professional level, the members of The Summer Highlight began writing music that would make people smile. Their music blends poppy electronica with the edge of pop punk, while the catchy vocal lines and electronic melodies will be stuck in your head hours after you hear the songs. With songs for rainy days and songs to dance to, The Summer Highlight will leave you begging for more.

FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER Formerly Saving Litchfield from Ohio, this quintet has reshaped their line up, changed their sound, and has relocated to Fort Wayne, Indiana to form Friday Night Fever. With earnings from their iTunes sales of their current demos, the guys have plans to head to Texas to record with Geoff Rockwell (Forever The Sickest Kids, Red Car Wire, Artist Vs. Poet).

DREAMS OF UNIVERSITY originated in the fall of 2004 in Muncie, IN. The band began exploring multiple genres, mainly going from an alternative band to a faster, more upbeat sound of power pop.


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