Win Tickets ($34): The Revivalists @ Revolution Hall | 7-Piece New Orleans Root-driven Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Revivalists @ Revolution Hall on February 17. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, February 13.



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From our sponsors:
The Revivalists
February 17, 2017
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $24 ADV, $27 Doors | 21+
Tickets: revolutionhall.com

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark Street, Portland, OR
971 808 5094

In rock ‘n’ roll, you’ve got to walk the well-trodden path of the genre’s forefathers one step at a time. Each gig under your belt makes for another fan, while every record serves as the next totem for your legacy. It’s a proverbial rite of passage, and there’s no skipping to the end. The Revivalists didn’t take any shortcuts.

Since forming in 2007, the seven-piece New Orleans roots-driven rock band logged countless miles on the road, cultivating a high octane live show and a studio presence equally steeped in instrumental virtuosity and charismatic vocal magnetism. Following two independent releases, 2010’s Vital Signs and 2014’s City of Sound, that time and dedication came to a head on the group’s third full-length album, Men Amongst Mountains [Wind-Up Records]. As much as it’s the culmination of their work thus far, it opens up a new chapter for the band—David Shaw [vocals], Zack Feinberg [guitar], Ed Williams [pedal steel guitar], Rob Ingraham [saxophone], George Gekas [bass], Andrew Campanelli [drums], and Michael Girardot [keys, trumpets].

“The title sums up our collective feeling,” says Shaw. “We started to find ourselves on festival bills with our idols and in front of huge crowds. We thought, ‘We’re amongst these giants, but we’re holding our own.’ We felt like we stood up and met the challenge by simply being who we are as The Revivalists.”

That honesty turned both fans and critics into believers. Upon release, Men Amongst Mountains debuted at #2 on the Billboard Alternative Albums Chart and Top 10 on the iTunes Alternative Albums Chart while quickly racking up nearly 2 million plays on Spotify all through word of mouth. Rolling Stone, NPR, Nylon, and more would sing their praises as they launched a headline tour that sold out dates across the country. It all comes back to the group’s sound though.

“Everyone adds his own unique imprint to it,” Shaw goes on. “There’s always an element of surprise, because it’ll be groove-oriented, but unconventional. We lock in, and something different happens.”

Whether it’s Ed’s show-stopping pedal steel fireworks, Zack finger-tapping out bluesy licks on his fretboard, or Rob and Michael’s horns adding just the right touch of bombast, Men Amongst Mountains consistently surprises. In order to capture that unpredictability, the band recorded the album live on tape in just 21 days at the iconic “Studio in the Country” [Stevie Wonder, The Afghan Whigs, Nine Inch Nails] in Bogalusa, LA with producer Ben Ellman.

“We had been playing a good amount of the songs live,” explains Shaw. “We had a feel for them, but we also had a few new ones. Ben was a breath of fresh air in the process. There are seven people in the band and a lot of strong personalities, to say the least. Ben guided us through our ideas. With his encouragement, we’d work it until we felt that magic.”

The magic certainly courses through the album opener and lead single “Keep Going,” which shot into the Top 25 on the Triple A Chart. Driven by Shaw’s heavenly urgent croon, the track builds into a swinging refrain propelled by shining keys, funked-out guitar, and booming horns. “It started out as an acoustic song I’d written,” he goes on. “I showed it to the band, and they brought it to life. I was pretty road-worn at the time and tired from touring. That’s what the opening line is all about. It’s that message to just keep going.”

Elsewhere, “Wish I Knew You” delivers a wistful desire with stunning jamming and southern R&B swagger. “Monster” reels back into pensive lyrical poetry within a canvas of ethereal instrumentation, and “All In The Family” confidently explodes on a jaw-dropping guitar solo. The soulful “It Was A Sin” showcases Zack’s fret tapping bolstered by Ed’s cinematic pedal steel. “Zack and I wrote that one together,” remarks Shaw. “You can really hear everything we do as a band in there.”

Ultimately, The Revivalists are quite far along on their own path now, and there’s no turning back.

“All that matters is that the art makes you feel something,” the singer concludes. “I’d love for it to take you away into the mood we felt when the song was actually created. I hope you can feel the general vibe of a song and have it be an escape—whether you’re listening to it at home or in the crowd at a show.”

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39 Responses to Win Tickets ($34): The Revivalists @ Revolution Hall | 7-Piece New Orleans Root-driven Rock

  1. Laura February 6, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

    Oh my word I would LOVE to see them! I’ve been a fan for a few years and always dance in my room/car/lawn to them:) maybe I can actually do it live!

  2. Megan February 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

    This would be such a fun show to get to see! I live close by Revolution Hall and would be so sad to just hear the band walking by, instead of getting to see them in person!

  3. whodat? February 7, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    Help me out pipeline I need to get out of the apt.

  4. Cara February 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    That sounds great!

  5. Keri T February 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

    Would be great to see these guys live to try and pull me out of this pit of despair!

  6. Karen February 7, 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    Please please please, I adore this group!

  7. Tim Bedford February 7, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    This would be the perfect pre-Valentine’s gift for my girlfriend – she loves The Revivalists and has yet to see them deliver the funk & soul!

  8. Tim D February 7, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    Sounds like a perfect date night! We’d love to be there!!

  9. Glenn F February 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    Why I would like to attend? There are a diminishing number of places in our country defined by their unique culture. New Orleans is one of those, and The Revivalists are one of the latest to rise out of that great city. I’d love to boogie to the. Yeah, you right!

  10. Jules B February 7, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    Yes please! would be grateful!

  11. Alexander February 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

    I love the Revivialists!!! That slide lap guitar is to die for! Plus I’ve ever been to revolution hall but have been passing it for years! Pick me!!

  12. Tara February 7, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

    Please send my man and I to this sure to be awesome show!

  13. Deb B February 7, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

    The Revivalists at the Revolution Hall, totally rad!

  14. Philip Navarre February 7, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    Its gonna be a dance party

  15. Celia Grace February 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    I’ve never been to Revolution Hall before, and I’d love to see the band.

  16. Wil Stevens February 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

    New Orleans PDX is where I wanna be!

  17. Kristen February 7, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

    I would love to attend this – what a fantastic event. Thank you!

  18. Saul February 7, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

    Would love to see the revivalists…

  19. Kelly February 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    I love live music!

  20. JazzDad February 7, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

    I would love to attend this event. The Revolution Hall is an excellent relatively new venue, I love the makeover and re-purposing of Washington High school building.

  21. bobby February 7, 2017 at 8:53 pm #

    I’ve been looking for some Nawlins jazz to get down to!

  22. Robbie L February 7, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

    I haven’t heard of The Revivalists before this but just listened to a few songs. They have woken up my ears again. I can’t wait for a fun night out dancing with my girlfriend!

  23. Emily February 7, 2017 at 11:36 pm #

    I want to dance away the February blues with these guys!

  24. Patricia Maloy February 8, 2017 at 6:53 am #

    I would love to win tickets. It’s my husband ‘s birthday!

  25. Peter February 8, 2017 at 7:58 am #

    I’ve heard amazing things about this band and would love to see them!

  26. Chris Johnson February 8, 2017 at 8:13 am #

    Would love to see these guys.

  27. Valerie DeWille February 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

    The Revivalists! ❤

  28. Jodi February 8, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

    sounds like fun!

  29. Tracie February 9, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    I would so love to do this with my niece!!

  30. AJ February 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

    Sounds like a funky love show – I’m in!!

  31. Cory February 9, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    Revive Me!!!

  32. Erin V February 9, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

    Yes please! We’re from out of town and will already be in Portland. Would love to attend this.

  33. poppy February 10, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    Awesome!

  34. Heather Hash February 11, 2017 at 8:48 am #

    Yes please. I would love to go!

  35. Linda February 12, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    Oh do I need a little New Orleans in my life. Get me over these winter blues! You guys are the best with your giveaways!!

  36. Austin Fontenot February 12, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

    I’m from New Orleans and love them! Would love to get to see them here in Portland.

  37. John February 13, 2017 at 6:52 am #

    revolution hall is the bets venue! LETS GOOO

  38. Perry February 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    Please please I haven’t been out in forever

  39. Judy February 14, 2017 at 1:08 am #

    The Revivalists sound honest, humble and intriguing. I’d love to feel their music!

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