Frontier Ruckus is a folk rock band from Detroit, Michigan that continues the city's tradition of producing some of the nation's most celebrated indie folk acts. Frontier Ruckus formed in 2003 and began building a name for itself locally for the next several years, becoming one of Metro Detroit's preeminent folk rock acts in the process. Following the release of its critically-acclaimed debut LP The Orion Songbook in 2008, Frontier Ruckus started to see its profile raised to becoming a bona-fide, nationally recognized act. Having reached a plateau of renowned acclaim from critics and audiences alike, Frontier Ruckus continues to tour the US as one of the more exciting up-and-coming folk rock acts on the scene today.
The Charlotte Checkers is a minor league ice hockey team based out of Charlotte, North Carolina that competes in the American Hockey League's South Division of the Western Conference. Founded in 1990, the team wasoriginallycalled the Capital District Islanders from 1990 to 1993, then the Albany River Rats from 1993 to 2010. An affiliate of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, the Checkers has built a solid reputation for producing players who go on to havesuccessfulcareers in the majors.