On March 6, 1999, Delta 72 played a gig at The Cooler. Delta 72 got their start in Washington, D.C. back in 1992 with a 7" single released on Discord Records titled "On The Rocks." Original member, Ben Azzara, parted ways with the group in 1995, and the remaining members went on the sign with Chicago's Touch and Go Records, where they'd release another three studio albums before disbanding in 2001. Around the time of this show, the group was preparing for the release of their EP titled "Sorega Doushita," which would be released in July of that year.
As for the venue, The Cooler, a music and performance space, opened on Wednesday, September 22, 1993 at 416 West 14th Street in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. The club showcased a wide variety of experimental music, Americana music, roots music, and spoken-word performers. Performances at The Cooler also included dance, film and video arts, and club parties. The club closed on June 2, 2001 with a performance by Michael Karoli of Can, Botanica,, Jim Thirlwell James Chance, and Suicide.