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Contest: Win tickets to see Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers at the Beachland on Sunday!

Several years ago, my friend Rebecca and I were in Minneapolis for work. The annual Aquatennial celebration was going on during the time that we were there, and for those of you that are unfamiliar, the Aquatennial is basically a really huge block party that takes over the entire downtown area of Minneapolis for 10 days in July. Tons of outdoor concerts, street vendors, and people everywhere that you look.

Fun? Oh definitely.

Among the entertainment one particular evening, The BoDeans were playing on one of the outdoor stages, and while we normally might have stuck around to watch a band that we didn't even know was still together, the Minneapolis heat convinced us to head towards indoor activities instead. We had a pair of free tickets to see Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers at The Fine Line Music Cafe, a legendary venue in Minneapolis, and on that night the price of "free" combined with indoor air conditioning was the clear winner.

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers had been on my list of bands to check out for quite a while. I didn't know much about them, but knew that they were quite popular in Cleveland. And that was the extent of my knowledge of the band. Imagine my surprise when they took the stage at the Fine Line and launched into "Mexico" by 90's alt-rockers The Refreshments. Which by the way, is one of my absolute favorite Refreshments tunes.

Suddenly, I felt like an idiot - Roger Clyne was of course, the former frontman for The Refreshments, who had been one of my favorite bands in the 90's. All of these years that I had spent wondering "whatever happened to those guys," suddenly I had the answer standing right there in front of me. With a potent mix of all of my Refreshments favorites mixed with originals from the RCPM catalog, I became an instant convert on that night.

Get your ass out to a Peacemakers gig, and you'll be among the converted as well. Like a modern-day Jimmy Buffett, it's easy to see why there are so many RCPM diehard fans that make it possible for the band to hit touring hotspots like Minneapolis and Cleveland over and over again. And oh yeah, there is the occasional trip to Mexico for special RCPM shows and fan get-togethers too. Night after night, as things get blurry while the beer flows from the taps, Clyne and crew deliver one hell of a show in every city that they travel to.

But I won't ask you to take my word for it - instead, I'd like to hook you up with a pair of tickets to check out Sunday night's RCPM show at The Beachland Ballroom.

Drop me an email for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers on Sunday night!


One lucky ATV reader will nab a spot on Sunday night's guest list at The Beachland for one of the best shows that you'll see this year!

RCPM are touring behind their latest album Turbo Ocho, which chronicles the amazing creative process of producing 8 new songs in 8 days. Each song was written, arranged and recorded in a day and upon completion, instantly uploaded to the internet, along with the accompanying day's video log, for thousands of fans to hear and view.

Fronted by Roger Clyne with drummer P.H. Naffah, lead guitarist Jim Dalton and bassist Nick Scropos, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are the only independent band to debut in the Top 10 on Billboard's Internet Sales chart for six consecutive albums, including two 1 entries.

And of course, you've probably heard Roger's past work with The Refreshments - tunes like "Banditos," "Down Together," and if you bought the albums, you'll know and love a few of my favorite album tracks like the previously mentioned "Mexico," "Girly," "Interstate," and well hell, that entire first Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big & Buzzy album, really. There wasn't a single dud on that entire disc. Clyne also nabbed some good tequila money by writing the theme song for the Fox hit animated series King Of The Hill, which he performed with The Refreshments.

Bottom line: Sunday night with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers is a guaranteed good time, so drop me a line right now for your chance to win!

Good luck!!

(P.S. - Big thanks to Scott for hooking us up with the pair of tickets to giveaway for this show!)

  • Mel

    Shit, Shit, Shit! I won’t be home in time to see this show, and it upsets me greatly.

    That being said, WOW! A BoDeans reference in your post too… awesome!

  • Scott B

    Hey Matt!
    Thanks for the great article. I’d like to invite all your readers to email me for a second chance drawing, as I have another pair to give away as well.
    Anyone interested and send me an email with name, address and phone #, and I’ll enter them in my drawing too.
    The show is fantastic, and I highly recommend getting there one way or another.

  • Scott B

    Email Scott

  • Matt Wardlaw


    We’ll have to go see Roger the next time that he is back in Cleve after this show – it’s been too long since I’ve seen him!!