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Published: 2009/12/07

Sam Champion’s Final Show

The New York indie rock band Sam Champion formed seven years ago around guitarist/songwriter Noah Chernin and RANA drummer Ryan Thornton. After releasing two albums, appearing at Bonnaroo and playing with the likes of Mike Gordon, the Benevento/Russo Duo, The Slip, Apollo Sunshine, The Hold Steady, Cold War Kids and Guster, the group played what might be its final show this Saturday at Brooklyn, NY’s Union Hall.
A statement released by the band this past Friday reads:

Last November Sam Champion played at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on Sunday night with The Spinto Band. No one knew it at the time but that was to be our last gig for over a year. We’ve decided to do one last gig (for now) as a thank you to our friends and fans and family and to celebrate the last seven years together. We’ve been getting a lot of the same questions lately, so we’d like to clear them up here:

Q: Did Sam Champion break up?

A: Kind of, yeah, I think so.

Q: Is Saturday, December 5th at Union Hall your last show?

A: Maybe?

Saturday’s show featured an opening set by RANA keyboardist Matt Durant and Joe Russo, both of whom have filled out Sam Champion’s lineup over the years. The group has also recently finished a music video reworking of the film Weekend at Bernies, which can be found below .

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