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The Rubinoos

Dennis Schocket and Cliff Hillis

Thursday, August 01, 2024
Doors: 6pm | Show: 8:30pm
$20 advance | $25 day of show


  • This is a ticketed event. Everyone must have a ticket for entry.
  • You must make a table reservation in addition to your ticket purchase to guarantee seating. Without a reservation, seating will be first-come, first-served if available. There is standing room by the bar area.
  • The Lounge is a full-service restaurant – our full food & drink menu is available when doors open.
  • If you require accessible seating, please contact us at or 215-222-1400 prior to the show so we can best accommodate your needs.
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From boy band to one of the best power pop bands in the world, The Rubinoos are a must see. Best friends since junior high school, Jon Rubin and Tommy Dunbar started gigging in their teens. Based in Berkeley California, The Rubinoos were quickly snapped upby visionary label Beserkley Records along with stablemates Jonathan Richman and Greg Kihn. The band gained national prominence with their 1977 debut LP, The Rubinoos. Renowned rock critic, Gene Sculatti, called it “the best pop album of the decade.” The Rubinoos have since gone on to release numerous albums with the help of iconic musician/producers such as Todd Rundgren, Kevin Gilbert, and most recently Americana staple Chuck Prophet. Over the years the band has developed a broad international audience having shared the stage with the likes of Elvis Costello and Tom Petty. Their infectious sound has appeared in multiple feature films and TV shows. The bandʼs television debut was on the legendary “Dick Clark's American Bandstand.” They sang the title theme song of the cult classic “Revenge of the Nerds” and their top 40 hit “I Think Weʼre Alone Now” opened the third season of the Netflix hit comedy “Sex Education.” Most recently signed to the well-respected boutique label YepRoc Records (Nick Lowe, Dave Alvin, Chuck Prophet), The Rubinoos have never been busier and continue to draw crowds worldwide. Playing regularly in Japan, Europe, and festivals and clubs across the US, the band is bringing Power Pop to a new generation.
Dennis Schocket and Cliff Hillis have been writing songs and singing harmonies together for over twenty years, most notably in the Baltimore band Starbelly, which has received great accolades over the years from the power pop community at large. Shocket and Hillis decided to create an EP’s worth of tunes just for fun, six decidedly power pop songs about girls, full of jangling guitars and drenched with harmonies titled “Pop, Girls, Etc.”. The EP’s title comes an imaginary obscure band referenced in the Nick Hornby classic “High Fidelity”. An advance single titled “For Everly” will be released Friday June 14th, with the full EP arriving on Friday August 2nd.