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Rocket Club
MAIN STAGE | Saturday, June 9 | 12:30 PM

In 2009, Rocket Club took the music industry by surprise when the band appeared on the Billboard Country charts, staying for seven weeks, and reaching number 49 with the single “One More Day.”

This early national success came in spite of the group’s many non-traditional qualities: an unsigned band, a self-produced album, and hailing from the North Country of Minneapolis, Minnesota, far from the country music mecca of Nashville.

Put equal parts Cash, Eagles and Zeppelin on ice, shake vigorously, and pour into a three-part harmony glass, and you’ve just made yourself a North Country cocktail, courtesy of Rocket Club.

Chock full of big guitar hooks, rich vocal harmonies, and good old-fashioned American storytelling, this band is setting out to create a whole new blend of music. And to their pleasant surprise, a whole lot of people have taken an early liking to the taste.

“North Country” is the title track from Rocket Club’s upcoming third album by the same name. The song has already been called an “Anthem to the North” by Minneapolis country music station K102.

“We are incredibly excited about North Country as our newest single,” said Don Smithmier, Rocket Club vocalist. “As a Minnesota band, we realized there are a lot of songs that pay tribute to the southern states – Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi – but none that are dedicated to the northern part of the country. This is a song that captures the universal love for heading ‘up north’ to be with family and friends.”

Minneapolis-based country band Rocket Club began as the songwriting duo of Don Smithmier and Brian Kroening. The band quickly grew to include Chris Hawkey, Billy Thommes, Joel Sayles, and newest member Luke Kramer.

Some of Rocket Club's Hit Songs

• “One More Day”
• “One Thing Beautiful”
• “North Country”

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