Since forming in 2007, The Revivalists have rightfully earned their reputation as the next breakout band from the music capital of New Orleans. The group’s blend of soulful, syncopated rock and earnest songwriting comes to life through a meticulously crafted and ever-evolving live performance. In 2011 they were named Best Emerging Artist at Gambit Magazine’s Big Easy Awards, and were nominated for Best Rock Act in 2012.
With the seed being planted during jam sessions at Tipitina's Sunday Music Workshops, where drummer Andrew Campanelli and guitarist Zack Feinberg first met, the band found its frontman by pure luck when Feinberg heard David Shaw singing on his Birch Street porch. Fueling the rhythm section, Campanelli's college friend, George Gekas, became the bassist. Feinberg later invited saxophonist Rob Ingraham, the two realizing their incontestable dynamic while taking music classes at Tulane University. After a fortuitous meeting at French Quarter Fest, Ed Williams joined on the pedal steel guitar. The newest addition to The Revivalists' cross-generational rocking goodness comes from multi-instrumentalist Michael Girardot. Having played sporadically with the band since 2009, he has grown into an integral part of their live show.
The Revivalists incessantly tour on the national level, often times supporting giants like Rebirth Brass Band and Galactic. They're also proud to have opened for notable acts JJ Grey & Mofro, Dr. John, and Trombone Shorty. Additionally, they have established themselves as an engaging festival act, gaining notoriety at CMJ (NYC), DeLuna Fest (Florida), Hangout Music Festival (Gulf Shores, AL), The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Series (Washington, DC) and the legendary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. At the latter they grabbed the attention of Rolling Stone Senior Editor, David Fricke, who later called their performance, “a Crescent City-rhythm spin on jam-band jubilee.”
Great White Buffalo
In the race of emerging bands vying for space on your iPod, LA's local Great White Buffalo is worthy of your ear time. A classic quartet of California rockers, they have courted a steady fan base since January 2011 with an infectious, adrenaline-rushing sound. Make listening room for their debut LP, All At Once, and EP, Tightrope, and you'll be lured by a layered track list that merges front man Graham Bockmiller's deep, aching vocals with lead guitarist Stephen Johnson's sophisticated strumming, all the while a solid bass and drum line cascades under the helm of Blake LaGrange and Rich Carrillo, respectively.
Hear them out and you'll note evidence of the band's influences, which include The Verve, Queens of the Stone Age and The Strokes; though by combining characteristics of classic rock with a taste of nineties' angst and savvy, contemporary arrangements, Great White Buffalo manifests a sound that is all their own—one that warrants repeat plays.
"Solwave pride themselves on their inability to be categorized, and while this claim has plenty of truth, it's primarily due to the band's willingness to experiment with different sounds and genres rather than their making music that's actually uncategorizable. On their EP, Out Of The Mayhem, the San Francisco quartet maps out a defined space within the pop music spectrum and proceeds to explore every nook and cranny of it. 'Fire It Up' and 'Voodoo At High Noon' are sweaty arena rock, with titanic drums and omnipresent Hot Fuss synth buzz; "Ride" is a dance-rock rave-up; "Shuffler" is heart-on-sleeve power pop...'Voodoo At High Noon,' sounds like the '70s and the '00s put in a blender with the lid off." --SF Rebirth Blog
Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM