Folk group Brooke & Rattle is set to take the stage at The Royal American on June 25, supporting the Florida-based 502s with local alternative act Mantra.

The band got its start as a duo composed of singer-songwriter Brooke Garwood and local musician Johnny Holliday, whose other projects include Fox Hunt, 87 Nights and Aggie Flores and the Wild Flowers. The pair played together for about three years before the shutdown pressed pause. 

When things began to open up again, the band added a third member to its crew: violinist and longtime friend Emma Dooley.

“A few months ago she jammed with us and it just sounded really good,” Garwood said. “We both pushed her to play a show with us two days later at the Pour House.” It was Dooley’s first time performing in public or with a band. They soon convinced her to join the group permanently, transforming the duo into a three-piece folk powerhouse. 

This will be Brooke & Rattle’s first time performing as a band at The Royal American. Besides sharing the stage with Mantra, an up-and-coming alt rock act, the group is excited to support the 502s, an exuberant folk group out of Florida. “They thought we would be a good fit for their sound,” Garwood said.

Doors are at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door. Concertgoers who want more of Brooke & Rattle can stay tuned for an upcoming album, which the group is recording this summer.

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