Roosevelt Dime, the Brooklyn-based band fronted by Camden native Eben Pariser, is bringing its Roots in the Attic tour to The Speakeasy Sunday, Dec. 13. The band will play two sets, starting at 7 p.m. Cover charge is $10, which will go to the band. The local show is brought to the Midcoast by Necessary Music Productions. The band is playing the night before at Portland’s Empire.

Roosevelt Dime has crafted an infectious style and sound truly its own by combining the feel-good groove of classic R&B with acoustic Americana instrumentation. Pariser fronts the band with searingly soulful vocals, belted and whispered with a passion and panache straight from the juke joints. Band co-founder Andrew Green's innovative piano-inspired banjo style, equal parts boogie woogie and bluegrass, lock in with the New Orleans clave rhythms of Tony Montalbano's drums and Craig Akin's syncopated upright bass. The swampy chords and swinging blues lines of Pariser's semi-hollow electric guitar thicken the sound further still.

By following the strains of Americana back to its roots, these musicians not only combine aspects of different genres, but also challenge the notion of these differences at their core. Roosevelt Dime started in the age-old New Orleans street busking tradition, only it was the bustling avenues of the Big Apple rather than the Big Easy that first nurtured its sound. All walks of life were drawn to the undeniable positivity and crowd-sourced spontaneity at these revelries, and this grassroots community-building stuck with the band as it took its joyous beat from the city's parks and subways to audiences worldwide. Armed with original songs of hope, love and conviction that sound birthed from the cradle of American music, yet still crucially relevant to the times in which we live, their performances are a “perpetual crowd pleaser,” according to the New York Times.

For more information about the band, visit or the band’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or