Breckenridge venue hosts New Orleans revival Sunday
Ryan Summerlin February 15, 2013
They’re considered by many to be the next breakout band from New Orleans, and this week, The Revivalists broke out of “The Big Easy” to tour Colorado, including a stop at three20south in Breckenridge Sunday. The Revivalists often tour nationally, at times supporting Rebirth Brass Band and Galactic. The band has opened for JJ Grey & Mofro, Dr. John and Trombone Shorty, and count a long list of festivals among its past acts. The group was named Best Emerging Artist at Gambit Magazine’s Big Easy Awards in 2011 and nominated for Best Rock Act in 2012.”It’s easiest to describe us as a soulful rock band,” manager Adam Kowalski said of the band’s sound, which includes guitar, saxophone, bass, drums, trumpet, vocals and pedal steel guitar. “But we’re willing to explore a lot of different sounds and moods. We throw all different kinds of sauces into the mix: New Orleans funky sauce, rock sauce, blues juice, perhaps a peppering of jazz and gospel etouffe.” The band formed in 2007 after drummer Andrew Campanelli and guitarist Zack Feinberg met at Tipitina’s Sunday Music Workshops. They found their frontman, David Shaw, fortuitously when Feinberg heard him singing on his porch. The inspiration for the name came from a 60-minute segment about Bruce Springsteen, where his concerts were described as “part circus, dance party, political rally and big tent revival.” “The word revival jumped out,” Kowalski said. “The Revivalists sounded cool and it works a couple of ways. It worked in the sense that New Orleans was coming back to life after Katrina and everybody in the city at the time felt a part of the renewal. It also felt like a fitting name because we play a lot of different styles of music and groups who bring back older styles are often called revivalists.”The group keeps its sound fresh “by mixing up our live arrangements regularly, arranging songs in different ways and taking risks live,” Kowalski said. “Also, I recommend using the vegetable crisper.” On strange experiences, Kowalski had this to say: “We signed a boob last week. It was weird.”The Revivalists’ 2008 self-titled debut E.P was recorded with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Chris Finney, and the band’s latest album, “City of Sound,” was produced by Ben Ellman (Galactic, Gypsyphonic Dysko and Trombone Shorty) in 2012.The Big Medicine Gang opens Sunday’s show.