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Jam Central Station 3.29.14: The Revivalists
Posted by Jeff Modzelewski on 03.29.2014

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 CDBaby.com 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."

Since the release of City of Sound The Revivalists have truly come into their own. They've shared the stage with many other great New Orleans bands while developing their own new fan base. They've become a fixture on festivals across the country as well, and their energetic live performances lend themselves well to an environment where they're performing in front of people unfamiliar with their music. 2014 looks to be a breakout year for them, as their songs "Criminal" and "When I Die" have both gotten substantial airplay on Sirius/XM Jam On, and they've already been named on many of the bigger festivals. They're ready to move forward as a band, and I see plenty of reasons why that should happen.

Allman Brothers postpone end of their Beacon run
The Allman Brothers announced that they will be postponing the final four shows of their Beach Theatre run. Gregg Allman missed the last two shows of the run with bronchitis, and the band brought in a variety of guests to help fill the hole. The band is planning on rescheduling the remaining shows, or fans can get a refund at the point of purchase.

Summer Camp adds artists
Summer Camp added another round of artists this week. Newly announced bands include Blues Traveler, Matisyahu, G. Love & Special Sauce, The Wood Brothers, Girl Talk, Victor Wooten Band, and The everyone Orchestra. They join moe., Umphrey's McGee, Zac Brown band, Bassnectar, Trey Anastasio band, Primus, and many others.

Electric Forest adds artists
Electric Forest added more artists this week. The festival confirmed that Moby, Kung Fu, Jn Wayne & The Pain, Earphunk, The Floozies, and many others will be on the bill. The festival already includes three nights of The String Cheese Incident, STS9, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Flying Lotus, EOTO, and many others.

Rootwire announces lineup
This year's Rootwire festival announced their lineup this week. While Papadosio is stepping away from the event, they still have a solid lineup. THe event will include Shpongle, Beats Antique, EOTO, Conspirator, Zilla, Aliver Hall, Vibesquad, Broccoli Samurai, and many other great bands.

Sasquatch! cancels 2nd festival
The Sasquatch! Music Festival cancelled their second scheduled event for 2014. They originally planned to add a second, unique festival for Fourth of July weekend to go along with their traditional Memorial Day weekend event. However, apparently that idea didn't have many folks excited, and the event has been cancelled. The Memorial Day weekend event will go on as planned.

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers announce tour
Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers confirmed their upcoming summer tour. It will include a variety of festivals as well as dates that run through June.

May 1 Charlottesville, VA—The Southern Cafe and Music Hall #
May 2 Richmond, VA—Friday Cheers %
May 30 Sacramento, CA—Assembly Music Hall *
May 31 Paso Robles, CA—Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
June 02 Flagstaff, AZ—The Orpheum Theater *
June 03 Albuquerque, NM—Launchpad *
June 06 – 07 Ozark, AR—Wakarusa
June 08 St. Louis, MO—Old Rock House
June 10 Louisville, KY—Zanzabar w/ The Revivalists
June 11 Cincinnati, OH—Taft Theatre
June 13 Indianapolis, IN—Radio Radio w/ Jackie Greene
June 15 Chicago, IL—Taste of Randolph
June 17 Milwaukee, WI—Shank Hall
June 18 Minneapolis, MN—The Cedar Cultural Center
June 19 Omaha, NE—The Waiting Room Lounge
June 22 Telluride, CO—Telluride Bluegrass Festival
(*) with Dead Winter Carpenters
(#) with Sunliner ft. Travis Book & Sarah Siskind
(%) with Vintage Trouble

Hoopla in the Hills
March 27-30
Poston Lake Music Park
Athens, OH
Performers include: Papadosio, Keller Williams, EOTO, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Cosby Sweater, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many others.

Wanee Festival
April 10-12, 2014
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Live Oaks, FL
Performers include: Allman Brothers Band, Trey Anastasio Band, Umphrey's McGee, moe., Lynard Skynard, Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dumpstaphunk, and many others

Tortuga Music Festival
April 12-13, 2014
Beach Park
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Performers include: Sheryl Crow, Train, Slightly Stoopid, Ziggy Marley, Brett dennen, Delta Rae, Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, and many others.

Counter.Point Festival
April 25-27, 2014
Kingston Downs, GA
Performers include: Outkast, Pretty Lights, STS9, Foster the People, Krewella, Big gigantic, Thievery Corp., Griz, Shpongle, Moon Taxi, and many others

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 25-27 and May 1-4, 2014
New Orleans, LA
Performers include: Phish, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Santana, String cheese Incident, John Fogerty, Galactic, Avett Brothers, and many others.

Hangout Music Festival
May 16-18
Gulf Shores, AL
Performers include: The Black Keys, The Killers,Outkast, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, STS9, The Flaming lips, Modest Mouse, Zedd, and many others.

May 22-25, 2014
Cumberland, MD
Performers include: The Del McCoury Band, The String Cheese Incident, Ricky Skags & Bruce hornsby, Yonder Mountain String band, Railroad earth, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

Summer Camp
May 22-25, 2014
Three Sisters Park
Chillicothe, IL
Performers include: moe., Umphrey's McGee, Trey Anastasio Band, Bassnectar, Primus, Yonder Mountain String Band, Zac Brown Band, Lotus, EOTO, The Devil Makes Three, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others

Dark Star Jubilee
May 23-25, 2014
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: 3 nights of Dark Star Orchestra, Yonder Mountain String Band, Galactic, Keller Williams & More Than A Little, Anders Osborne, The Werks, The Wailers performing Legend, and many others

The Ville
May 23-25, 2014
Clay's Park Resort
Lawrence, OH
Performers include: 3 nights of ekoostik hookah, Flether's grove, Tropidelic, Blue Moon Soup, and many others.

Sasquatch! Music Festival
May 23-25, 2014
The Gorge
George, WA
Performers include: OutKast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, MIA, Foster the People, Kid Cudi, Neko Case, Violent Femmes, and many others.

Nelsonville Festival
May 29-June 1, 2014
Nelsonville, OH
Performers include: The Avett Brothers

June 5-8, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar, STS9, Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Flaming Lips, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lettuce, Dr. Dog, Papadosio, and many others.

Mountain Jam
June 5-8, 2014
Hunter Mountain, NY
Performers include: Gov't Mule, Bob Weir & RatDog, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Umphrey's McGee, Pretty Lights, and many others

Governor's Ball
June 6-8, 2014
Governor's Island
New York, NY
Performers include: Outkast, jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Skrillex, Interpol, and many others.

June 12-15, 2014
Manchester, TN
Performers include: Elton John, Kanye West, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, The Flaming Lips, Neutral Milk Hotel, Zedd, Umphrey's McGee, John Butler Trio, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others

Snowmass Mammoth Festival
June 13-15, 2014
Snowmass Village, CO
Performers include: LEftover Salmon, chris Robinson Brotherhood, Xavier Rudd, Les Claypool's Duo De Twang, The Motet, Bonerama, and many others

Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 19-22, 2014
Telluride, CO
Performers include: Sam Bush Band, Bela Fleck & The Colorado Symphony, Brandi Carlile, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Del McCoury Band, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, and many others.

Firefly Music Festival
June 19-22, 2014
Dover, DE
Performers include: Foo Fighters, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Pretty Lights, The Lumineers, Weezer, Girl Talk, Tegan and Sara, and many others.

Electric Forest
June 26-29, 2014
The Double JJ Ranch & Resort
Rothbury, MI
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident (3 nights), STS9 (2 nights), Ms. Lauryn Hill, Stephen Marley, EOTO, Anders Osborne, The Revivalists, Nahko & Medicine for the People, Rising Apalachia, Zedd, and many others.

High Sierra
July 3-6, 2014
Quincy, CA
Performers include: Widespread Panic, Beats Antique, Trampled by Turtles, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and many more to be announced

July 17-20, 2014
Sunshine Daydream Memorial Park
Terra Alta, WV
Performers include: Shpongle, Beats Antique, EOTO, Conspirator, Zilla, vibesquad, Janover 7 Resunator, Cosby Sweater, Aliver Hall, Broccoli Samurai, and many others.

Northwest String Summit
July 17-21, 2014
Horning's Hideout
North Plains, OR
Performers include: Yonder Mountain String Band, The Motet, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, Dead Winter Carpenters, The Rumpke Mountain Boys, and many others

July 18-20, 2014
Waterfront Park
Louisville, KY
Performers include: Outkast, Jack White, Beck, The Replacements, Ray Lamontagne, Band of Horses, Nickel Creek, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Gary Clark Jr., Trampled by Turtles, JJ Grey & Mofro, and many others

July 23-27, 2014
Floyd, VA
Performers include: Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Ms. Lauryn Hill, ray LaMontagne, Thievery Corporation, Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and many others

Gathering of the Vibes
July 31-August 1, 2014
Seaside Park
Bridgeport, CT
Performers include: Widespread Panic, John Fogerty, moe., Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits featuring Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann, Ziggy Marley, Dumpstaphunk, and many others.

August 1-3, 2014
Grant Park
Chicago, IL
Performers include: Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, White Denim, Broken Bells, Lorde, The Avett Brothers, Forster the People, The Head & The Heart, Trombone Shorty, Chromeo, and many others.

Werk Out Festival
August 7-9, 2014
Legend Valley
Thornville, OH
Performers include: The Werks (3 nights), Papadosio (2 nights), Emancipator, Future Rock Zoogma, Dopapod, Zach Deputy, and many others.

Outside Lands
August 8-10, 2014
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

Arise Music Festival
August 8-10, 2014
Sunrise Ranch
Loveland, CO
Performers include: Galactic, Grateful Grass, Nahko & Medicine for the People, and many others

Peach Music Festival
August 14-17, 2014
Montage Mountain
Scranton, PA
Performers include: Allman Brothers Band (2 nights), Bob Weir & RatDog, Trey Anastasio Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Lotus, JJ Grey & Mofro, The Revivalists, Dopapod, The Infamous Stringdusters, papadosio, and others.

Camp Barefoot
August 21-23, 2014
Bartow, WV
Performers include: Beats Antique, Papadosio, Lettuce, Kyle Hollingsworth Band performing a tribute to Motown, Dopapod, Kung Fu, The Motet, Zach Deputy, and many others.

August 29-31, 2014
Snow Ridge Ski Resort
Turin, NY
Performers include: moe. (3 headlining nights), Lotus, O.A.R. Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, Soulive, Twiddle, Aqueous, and others.

Lockin' Music Festival
September 4-7, 2014
Arrington, VA
Performers include: The String Cheese Incident, The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Friends, Widespread Panic, and Bob Weir & Ratdog

Phases of the Moon Festival
September 11-14, 2014
Kennekuk County Park, IL
Performers include: Widespread Panic (2 nights), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule, Galactic, Leftover Salmon, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and many others.

Catskill Chill
September 5-7, 2014
Camp Minglewood
Hancock, NY

Harvest Music Festival
October 16-18, 2014
Mulberry Mountain
Ozark, AR

Jam Cruise
January 6-11, 2015
Departs from Miami, FL

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!


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