The band “Rooney” will be opening for “Fall Out Boy” at Frontier Nights® on Saturday, July 23, 2016.
Even in the rumor-fueled Hollywood scene, Robert Schwartzman is surprisingly good at keeping secrets. We haven’t heard much from Schwartzman’s band ROONEY the past six years (since the group’s 2010 album Eureka), but his radio silence meant nothing. Because unbeknownst to his fans, this LA-based musician and Rooney frontman released two solo albums, scored a critically acclaimed feature film, launched an iPhone app for musicians, built a highly sought after live/work recording studio facility, wrote/scored/directed/produced a feature film…oh and made a new Rooney album. This spring 2016, Schwartzman’s going public with Rooney’s newest and long awaited album, WASHED AWAY. In many ways, the seventh release under Rooney represents more than an album or the next chapter; it’s a system upgrade, a reboot.
To call it a labor of love would be a serious understatement. In fact, Schwartzman wrote, produced, engineered, mixed and performed all of the songs on the album himself, holed up in his recording studio and countless tweaks along the way. “I learned from the Interscope days that if you keep pushing yourself then maybe something better can happen,” he says of the painstaking process making the album. “I feel like if there’s still potential to do it better, then I would rather work on it than call it a day. Cause when it’s done, it’s done.” Rather than succumb to the pressures of today’s near-constant album release cycles or worrying about the barrage of bands who’ve come and gone, Schwartzman intends to make something tangible and long lasting. Consider this a refreshing antidote to today’s disposable alternative/pop music machine.
Rooney’s history dates back to 1999, when Schwartzman was still in high school. After meeting his bandmates through mutual friends and building a loyal West Coast following over the next few years, the group entered a major label bidding war and eventually signed with Geffen/Interscope Records. The partnership led to a series of sales successes—for starters, their 2003 self-titled debut album sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide (even without the help of social media), and their releases thus far classify Rooney in the highly coveted Platinum selling artists catergory. The album’s US singles proved to be radio worthy when songs like “Blueside,” “I’m Shakin,” and “When Did Your Heart Go Missing?” crossed over Alternative radio to Top 40 radio, earning the band high chart positions, as well as significant television explosure. Rooney spent a majority of the album cycle for Calling The World touring and promoting the music internationally, earning the band 3 top 10 radio hits, including a #1 song with “When Did Your Heart Go Missing?.” The band performed on major festival around the world, such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Summerfest, Rock em Ring, Rock im Park, and Summersonic to name a few, and multiple TV appearances such as Letterman, Leno, Kimmel, The Today Show, Conan, and The Chritic’s Choice Awards. The band’s debut was regarded as one of Rolling Stone’s ‘Band’s To Watch,’ and VH1’s “You Oughta Know” artists, where the music video for “When Did Your Heart Go Missng?” reached #1 most played.
Night show ticket prices will range from $27 to $69, with daily rodeo tickets costing $20 to $35. A $3 discount is offered on rodeo tickets purchased before July 1.
Fans can upgrade to a Frontier Nights® Fast Pass for early admission to the Party Zone, a voucher for best-available same-day rodeo tickets and a souvenir rodeo program. For a full events schedule and profiles of musical acts, visit http://www.cfdrodeo.com.
July 22: CINCH Rodeo Shoot-out
July 22: Sam Hunt with special guest Maddie & Tae
July 23: Fall Out Boy with special guest Rooney
July 24: Billy Currington with special guest Ned LeDoux
July 25-26: Championship Bull Riding – World Finals 2016 – The Road to Cheyenne
July 27: Kenny Chesney with special guest Courtney Cole
July 28: Jake Owen with special guest Old Dominion
July 29: KISS with Aaron Watson
July 30: Florida Georgia Line with special guest Cole Swindell
July 23 – 31: PRCA Rodeo action