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Jam Central Station: The Revivalists

December 1, 2018 | Posted by Jeff Modzelewski



New Orleans is one of the great musical cities, not just in the U.S., but in the world. Music is a part of daily life in the Big Easy. The city is home to dozens of concert venues, arguably the best metropolitan music festival, and it has served as the launching pad for more artists than I can name. The city celebrates diversity while also having a distinct sound to it. Jazz and funk are tied to New Orleans in the same way that country and bluegrass are tied to Nashville, but New Orleans has a deep tradition in zydeco, brass bands, Cuban music, and many styles of rock. One of the most recent artists to get their start in New Orleans is The Revivalists, a solid rock band that incorporates enough of the classic New Orleans sound to let you know where they’re from and what they have going on.

David Shaw moved to New Orleans from Ohio in 2007, looking to make a career in music. He had some songs written and had won a local contest, and he had decided to give it a shot. Shortly after moving, he met guitarist Zack Feinberg while Shaw was playing music on a street corner. The two soon developed a friendship grounded in a shared desire to form a band. Feinberg had already been jamming with drummer Andrew Campanelli, and Campanelli called in the services of his college friend George Gekas for the bass. The final piece of the original lineup was set with the addition of saxophonist Rob Ingraham and pedal steel guitarist Ed Williams, with the final two solidifying their New Orleans sound.

For their first couple years, the band focused on honing their new band in the New Orleans area. They also quickly recorded and released a self-titled EP in 2008, which they released through and quickly became a featured pick and a top seller. The band added keyboardist/saxophonist Michael Girardot in 2009 to fill out their lineup, and they quickly hit the road in the region. The ran in the same circles as Galactic and Trombone Shorty, who had came up from the region previously, and that helped The Revivalists find fans in a variety of settings.

By the time they released their first full length album, the band had developed a solid classic rock sound with a touch of New Orleans and a lot of heart. The horns and the steel pedal guitar helped fill out an already impressive sound that the band had put together. Vital Signs was marked by great hooks and melodies, impressive guitar work, and horns that gave the album tremendous depth. They were able to get Chris Finney to produce the album as well, who had worked with a vast array of artists previously. The album was very well received and got national airplay, allowing the band to head across the country.

Their second album 2012’s City of Sound displayed even more growth for the band. By this time the band had figured out not only how to put on an energetic live show but also how to form that sound in the studio. The album was produced by Ben Ellman, who is also the saxophonist for New Orleans based band Galactic. That connection with Galactic continued when Shaw helped write and sing on the Galactic track “Hey Na Na.” Both “When I Die” and “Criminal” from the album got extensive airplay on Sirius/XM Jam On.

They followed up on the success of City of Sound by touring throughout the country, playing festivals, and doing everything they can to put their live show in front of fans. By the time they released Men Amongst Mountains in 2015, fans knew what to expect from the band. Their energetic live show had already brought in many fans, and the newest album went a long way towards maintaining their fanbase. The band followed up the release by playing multiple festivals around their hometown as well as events all over the country.

Not surprisingly, the band finally started to garner significant mainstream recognition after the release of Men Amongst Mountains. The album produced three singles that got in rotation on mainstream radio. The band was able to play larger venues as a headliner, and were a sought-after act for festivals like Austin City Limits and New Orleans Jazzfest. In 2018 the band released Take Good Care, and the album again garnered mainstream success. The lead single, “All My Friends,” hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts.

The Revivalists are a great combination of New Orleans funk and old-school rock and roll. This sets them apart on many levels, and the band continues to offer something new and exciting to their fans. It’s not surprising that they’ve grown from jam-band favorites to more mainstream success. They have the talent, work ethic, and energetic live shows necessary to continue to grow. With their most recent release there’s no reason to think the band won’t continue to see growth in the future.



Electric Forest announces dates, only 1 weekend
Electric Forest will return to the 1 weekend format in 2019. Citing a desire to improve the grounds and the stress that two consecutive weekends puts on the venue, the festival stated that going to 1 weekend will allow those improvements to truly take hold. The festival will be held from June 27-30 at the familiar Double JJ Ranch and Resort in Rothbury, MI.

Camp Greensky announced
After a successful first year, Greensky Bluegrass will return to Wellston, MI to host Camp Greensky in 2019. The festival will run from June 6-8. No lineup or other information is available, although you can be confident that Greensky will headline all three nights.

Dead & Co. announce summer tour
Dead & Co. will be returning to the road in 2019. The band will feature the same lineup that it has for the past 4 years. They’ll head out on the road from the end of May through mid-July.

31-May Mountain View, CA—Shoreline Amphitheatre
1-June Mountain View, CA—Shoreline Amphitheatre
3-June Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl
4-June Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl
7-June George, WA—The Gorge Amphitheatre
8-June George, WA—The Gorge Amphitheatre
12-June Noblesville, IN—Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
14-June Chicago, IL —Wrigley Field
15-June Chicago, IL—Wrigley Field
18-June Saratoga Springs, NY—Saratoga Performing Arts Center
20-June Camden, NJ—BB&T Pavilion
22-June Foxborough, MA—Gillette Stadium
23-June New York, NY—Citi Field
26-June Bristow, VA—Jiffy Lube Live
28-June Charlotte, NC—PNC Music Pavilion
29-June Atlanta, GA—Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
2-July Dallas, TX—Dos Equis Pavilion
5-July Boulder, CO—Folsom Field
6-July Boulder, CO—Folsom Field

Twiddle announce tour
Twiddle will be on the road for much of the winter. The band will kick off their winter tour at the end of January.

January 30 Fayetteville, AR—George’s Majestic Lounge
January 31 Dallas, TX—Deep Ellum Art Co
February 1 Houston, TX—Last Concert Cafe
February 2 Austin, TX—Antone’s
February 4 Kansas City, MO—Record Bar
February 6 Iowa City, IA—Gabe’s
February 7 Madison, WI—Majestic Theatre
February 8 Chicago, IL—Concord Music Hall
February 9 St. Louis, MO—Delmar Hall
February 10 Louisville, KY—Gravely Brewing Co
March 1 Los Angeles, CA—Troubador*
March 2 Las Vegas, NV—Brooklyn Bowl*
March 3 Phoenix, AZ—M3F Festival
March 5 San Diego, CA—Belly Up*
March 6 San Luis Obispo, CA—SLO Brew*
March 7 San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore*
March 8 Santa Cruz, CA—Catalyst*
March 9 Crystal Bay, NV—Crystal Bay Club Casino*
March 12 Arcata, CA—Humboldt Brews*
March 13 Bend, OR—Domino Room*
March 14 Portland, OR—Wonder Ballroom*
March 15 Eugene, OR—HiFi Music Hall*
March 16 Seattle, WA—Neumos*
March 17 Bellingham, WA—Wild Buffalo
March 20 Missoula, MT—Top Hat Lounge*
March 21 Bozeman, MT—Rialto Theatre*
March 22 Jackson Hole, WY—Pink Garter Theatre*
March 23 Salt Lake City, UT—Commonwealth Room*

* With special guest Iya Terra

Snarky Puppy sets dates
Jazz fusion heavyweights Snarky Puppy will hit the road this spring. The band announced a headlining tour starting in early May and running just over a month. Tickets went on sale yesterday for the shows.

May 10 Providence, RI — The Strand Ballroom
May 11 Portsmouth, NH — The Music Hall
May 12 Boston, MA — House of Blues
May 14 Buffalo, NY — Town Ballroom
May 15 Pittsburgh, PA — Roxian Theatre
May 16 Cleveland, OH — Masonic Cleveland
May 17 Indianapolis, IN — The Vogue
May 18 Chicago, IL — The Riviera Theatre
May 19 St. Louis, MO — Atomic Cowboy Pavilion
May 23 Milwaukee, WI — Pabst Theater
May 24 Madison, WI — The Orpheum Theater
May 25 Saint Paul, MN — Palace Theatre
May 28 Seattle, WA — The Paramount
May 29 Portland, OR — Roseland Ballroom
May 30 Oakland, CA — Paramount Theatre
May 31 Los Angeles, CA — The Orpheum Theatre
June 1 San Diego, CA — House of Blues
June 3 Las Vegas, NV — Brooklyn Bowl
June 4 Salt Lake City, UT — The Commonwealth
June 7 Morrison, CO — Red Rocks
June 8 Mishawaka, CO — Mishawaka Ampitheater
June 11 Kansas City, MO — Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
June 12 Memphis, TN — Minglewood Hall
June 13 Black Mountain, NC — Pisgah Brewing Company
June 14 Washington, DC — DC Jazz Festival @ The Anthem
June 15 Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn Steel

ALO announce annual Tour D’Amour
ALO will headline their annual Tour D’Amour in February and March. The band’s annual run will feature various openers and will focus on the west coast.

February 7 – Arcata, CA – Humbrews*
February 8 – Chico, CA – The Big Room at Sierra Nevada*
February 9 – Sacramento, CA – Harlows*
February 13 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew*
February 14 – Santa Barbara, CA – SoHO*
February 15 – West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour*
February 16 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up*
February 22 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore*
February 23 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (Saturday Matinee and Saturday Night)^
March 14 – Eugene, OR – WOW Hall+
March 15 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom+
March 16 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile+
March 31 – Lake Tahoe, CA – WinterWonderGrass Tahoe

* w/ Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
^ w/ Tea Leaf Green
+ w/ Scott Pemberton Band


Strings & Sol
December 7-11
Puerto Morelos, MX
Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon

December 12-16
Puerto Morelos, MX
The Disco Biscuits, STS9, Umphrey’s McGee, Lotus, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Ghost Light

Winter Wondergrass Vermont
December 14-16
Stratton, VT
Railroad Earth, Infamous Stringdusters, Keller & The Keels, Fruition, Billy Strings, Kitchen Dwellers, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Rumpke Mountain Boys

Tropical Throe.down
January 10-14
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
moe., The New Mastersounds, Big Something

Jam in the Sand
January 15-19
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Dark Star Orchestra, The Wailers, Green Leaf Rustlers

International Incident
January 25-28
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
The String Cheese Incident, Keller Williams

Panic en la Playa Ocho
January 25-29
Riviera Maya, Mexico

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Riviera Maya
February 15-17
Riviera Maya, Mexico

Phish in Riviera Maya
February 21-23
Riviera Maya, Mexico

Winter Wondergrass Colorado
February 22-24
Steamboat Springs, CO
Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Fruition, Billy Strings, The California Honeydrops, Della Mae with Bonnie Paine, Jeff Austin Band, The Shook Twins

Winter Wondergrass California
March 29-31
Squaw Valley, CA
Greensky Bluegrass, Trampled by Turtles, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush Band, ALO, Fruition, Billy Strings, Jeff Austin Band, The Travelin’ McCoury’s

Bender Jamboree
April 11-14
Plaza Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, Billy Strings

Sweetwater 420 Festival
Centennial Olympic Park
Atlanta, GA
Widespread Panic, The Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Rebelution, Moon Taxi, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, Turkuaz

Camp Greensky
June 6-8
Wellston, MI

Keller in the Caverns
June 21-23
Pelham, TN
2 Keller Williams performances as well as Pettygrass, More Than A Little, and a Grateful Gospel Brunch

Electric Forest
June 27-30
Double JJ Ranch & Resort
Rothbury, MI

July 4-6
Snow Ridge Ski Resort
Turin, NY

Lockn’ Festival
August 22-25
Arrington, VA

FloydFest 19 “Journey Home”
July 24-28
Floyd, VA
Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, The String Cheese Incident, Brandi Carlile Tyler Childers, Margo Price, Fantastic Negrito, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grace featuring Love Cannon


Thanks again for stopping by. I’ll be back next week with more jam. Until then, check me out on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute concert announcements. Until next week, Jam On!