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Not From Brooklyn join three other bands for an awesome show in the middle of a roller rink

Not From Brooklyn / Photo credit: Steve Dunkelberger

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I'm just going to float this idea past you: You know how there are shows "in the round?" You know how that almost seems like a good idea, but in practice it's kind of lame? Well, what if I were to tell you that there's a show coming up in the round, featuring bands performing in the middle of a goddamn skating rink? Yes, you are totally allowed (nay, encouraged!) to put on some rentals and skate backwards in a full 360 degree rotation around a rock band while they wail in the middle.

Now, having said this, would you care who the band was? No you would not! I would see James Blunt and Nickelback collaborate a million times over if it meant I could couple-skate around them while I did it.

Friends, you need not continue wishing and hoping and writing about this in your dream journal, because this show is happening, and the bands are actually good. Unnecessary, I know! But totally awesome!

The show, known as Rock & Roller, will feature local favorites Oh Dear!, Blanco Bronco, Rooftop Warrior and the quickly up-and-coming indie rockers Not From Brooklyn. Incorporating hip-hop beats and some electronic instrumentation into an indie rock mold, Not From Brooklyn have swiftly found an untapped sound in Tacoma, helping them to stand out from the largely punk/garage/metal-leaning bands in town.

Keyboardist Tristan Litke started the band with Josh Thompson in a series of jam sessions. Later on, Thompson's little brother, Tyler, and his friend, Jesse Rohwer, joined the band.

"(Tyler and Jesse) graduated from high school last year, so we decided to go ahead and try the songs out in a studio," says Litke. "The first session went really well, so we started recording - actually, some songs that we still play today."

Look, guys, this show is going to be an epic party. Roller rink music, yes, has a certain place in the heart. But these bands are going to bring it to the next level. And who knows? Maybe one of them will bust out a slow jam for the couple-skate.

[Wheelz Skate Arena, with Blanco Bronco, Oh Dear!, Rooftop Warrior, Friday, July 22, 8 p.m., $7 door, $3 skates, 2101 Mildred St. W., Fircrest, 253.460.7655]

LINK: More Not From Brooklyn photos

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Aaron said on Jul. 20, 2011 at 9:03pm

This show was organized by ODDIO Puget Sound; who would love to work with your venue or band as well, throwing ideas together to create something truly entertaining and "outside of the box". Hit ODDIO up: So stoked for this show!

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low bar said on Jul. 20, 2011 at 10:20pm

Good to see there's life after rap.

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Linda Mc said on Jul. 21, 2011 at 9:55am

We used to have great bands played at our rink , Capitol Skateland in Olympia. It was a great place for the bands. The sound was wonderful!
You have a great idea. It worked in the '60s, why not now!!

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susan wright said on Jul. 21, 2011 at 6:11pm

Rooftop warrior in the round wif skates on? Hot.

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Chuck Dula said on Jul. 22, 2011 at 5:31am

Um...I think Adam forgot to say that DJ Klik(myself) will be mixing tunes in between sets. Wouldn't it be nice if the writers at the Volcano were accurate with their stories?

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