The audience that packed Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on Thursday night weren’t the typical set of concert goers. Most folks who find themselves within the psychedelic and/or jam music scene usually are anything but typical. The more adventurous crowd got just what they were looking for as the busy week came to a close, with a powerhouse bill of both White Denim and The Revivalists putting on a performance at the SummerStage venue that wasn’t nonstop electrifying fun from the first note until the last.
White Denim started out the night’s escapades with an hour-long set full of songs mostly from their latest LP, Stiff. Their tight mix made up of the heaviness of prog rock to go with a looser structure of psychedelic instrumentals made them a perfect twilight soundtrack as the sun began setting over the skyscrapers and trees that overlook the city's popular outdoor venue. While their recorded albums pack a great sounding rock and roll punch, the bass playing of Steven Terebecki to balance out James Petralli’s guitar work in a live setting just cannot be replicated.
By the time The Revivalists hit the stage around 8:30, the audience was more than ready to pick up where White Denim left off. David Shaw and company are usually found playing at New York’s other popular local jam-friendly venues like Brooklyn Bowl, so hearing and seeing them under a city-lit sky added an extra element of magic as they opened up with their southern rock anthems in “You and I,” “Stand Up” and “Keep Going.”
Whether it was Rob Ingraham’s sax playing or Ed Williams’s equally warm and smooth pedal steel work, the band as a unit prove time and time again why they never fail to pack a venue, even if they do play New York City more often than not. Then again it never hurts when a band can pull off an encore that includes a cameo from Lettuce’s Eric Krasno and a fun cover of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude." Hearing 5,000 passionate fans chanting along with the ending “Na-na’s” of “Hey Jude” about a hundred yards away from the park’s famous "Strawberry Fields" memorial is truly a magical experience. Just another night with your non-typical set of music fans.
Tickets to select shows on The Revivalists upcoming concert schedule throughout the month of September are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.
The Revivalists Setlist:
You and I
It Was A Sin
All In The Family
Wish I Knew You
Hey Jude (Beatles cover)