The Revivalists, take the stage to a screaming crowd where the majority of fans know the caliber of show they are going to receive, while the unsuspecting few are about to get a gift they will talk about all week long. The band opens with some crisp chords and full energy that draws people close to the stage, soaking in the music for all of its glory at the epic Belly Up venue. You quickly realize that there is a reason why Rolling Stones recently called them "a Crescent City-rhythm spin on jam-band jubilee." The Revivalists, have been unsuspectingly killing shows for the past couple years, and since their humble origins in New Orleans, they have been playing for massive crowds around the country at Jazz Fest and selling out venues from NYC to California.
Their recent and fourth album, "Men Amongst Mountains" is an ode to Rock, giving it depth and soul as the lyrical genius is only slightly upstaged by the immense amount of talent that dominates the venue. The 7-piece band consists of Ed Williams (Pedal Steel Guitar), David Shaw (Vocals), Zack Feinberg (Guitar), Rob Ingraham (Saxophone), George Gekas (Bass), Andrew Campanelli (Drums), and Michael Girardot (Keys/Trumpet). It's rare that in today's music scene you find yourself seriously jamming out to a full band on stage where there are dueling solos between the Saxophone and the Trumpet then the Pedal Steel Guitar and the Electric Guitar. Shit, I dare you to even find a band killing it today that even uses a Pedal Steel Guitar, but The Revivalists take their instruments and push their music and energy to the next level!
The Revivalists flirt with the definition of Rock and Soul as they can play a slow and powerful song, amplifying David Shaw's vocals, and seamlessly transition to an electric jam session where the crowd is jumping, singing, and mesmerized by the spectacle and gift that is an epic live concert. If you ever get the itch to see true on stage talent or need a jolt from the daily grind, go see The Revivalists, I guarantee they will give you everything you need and more.