The Revivalists made their first stop at Tucson’s Rialto Theatre on March 13. The band’s trademark full-throttle energy show left Tucsonans wanting more of this great band. The tour is in support of their latest album release, Take Good Care.
The show was two hours of hard-hitting music and dancing that was one of the best rock and roll shows this year. AXS was there and here are five reasons to see The Revivalists.
1. Frontman David Shaw is on fire
Shaw is very capable of electrifying an arena or a smaller venue. The high energy standard was set with opening songs “When I’m With You” and “Oh No.” That was just a warm-up. Shaw spent the first few songs playing guitar, but once he put the guitar down, the singer was totally unbridled to do whatever came to mind. Shaw is one of the best frontmen in the business as he uses the entire stage and a runway to interact with fans. Even though the stage was filled with a plethora of equipment, he was able to cover the stage. Shaw jumped into the crowd multiple times and sang while he was fully immersed in the audience.
Shaw is the band’s secret weapon and they use him generously. His vocals have a soulful rasp that can be recognized immediately
2. The band plays veraciously
The band may be New Orleans most successful recent export, but none of the musicians are from the Big Easy. Most of the band members came to New Orleans to go to Tulane or Loyola and stayed. Shaw moved to Nola after college specifically because of the music scene. They managed to meet and form the band.Guitarist Zack Feinberg, saxophonist Rob Ingraham, pedal steel player Ed Williams, bassist George Gekas, keyboardist Michael Girardot, and percussionist PJ Howard were all in tow with Shaw. Ingraham joined Shaw on the catwalk, wailing on his saxophone for the happy fans. The band consists of really talented people. Together they make each other better players. As the band has grown with experience, so have the jams.
The band showed off their jazz-infused and ever-expanding improvisational skills with hits such as “Wish I knew You,” and “Change.” “Fade Away” had awesome guitar solos.
3. No longer one hit wonders
There is an indelible melody and a mix of bluesy rock and Southern R&B swagger in their songs. This is not accidental. Their hit song, “Wish I Knew You,” has garnered more than 80 million streams to date on Spotify.The new album has racked up more hit songs like “All My Friends,” “Change,” and “You and I” have gotten millions of streams as well.
Their song lyrics are written with the truth in mind and reflect how you are feeling at the time. They construct songs that treat melody and lyrics equally.
4. A band with a rising star
While the band was propelled to semi-stardom in the last couple of years with their radio hit “Wish I Knew You,” they’ve been road warriors for almost a decade. They had performed at major music festivals in the country including Bonnaroo and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to name a few.The group has quietly created one gig, song, and album at a time. Their steadfast work has paid off. People have responded to the band's individuality. The band does not have to conform to present-day trends.
They let the studio song and the live song be two different entities. They can be themselves when performing live shows and still crank out hit songs in the studio.
5. Fans experienced a rock and roll reverie
There was an exuberance of infectious enthusiasm brought to the venue. Most of the lyrics are poppy enough to keep the audience entertained but are now accompanied by fabulous improvisation by each band member, and a contagious positive mood spreads in the crowd. They add bits of homegrown cayenne pepper to the mix. A fun, funky, danceable show is the result that audiences go wild over.
If you haven’t seen them live yet, you need to catch when they come to your area (Tickets).