On October 20th, 1998, R.L. Burnside played at The Cooler! The renowned blues guitarist played music for much of his life but received little recognition before the early 1990s. In the latter half of the decade, Burnside recorded and toured with Jon Spencer, expanding his fan base, and introducing his music to a new fan base in the punk and garage rock scene. He played at The Cooler, a popular club in the Meat Packing district that hosted a variety of acts throughout the 90s.