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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Enter To Win Tickets To Our Fall Tour

Need tickets to a show on our upcoming Fall Tour? We’re giving away a pair of tickets and a signed set list for every show (through November) at http://tuns.pk/MTg0s_U

We’ll also pick one grand prize winner to take home a City of Sound test pressing, signed City of Sound CD and a new tee!

Earn points by watching videos, listening to music & sharing with your friends. Good luck!

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

In Which The Revivalists Commune With Nature

Hello, friends! Rob here.

Today’s entry comes in the form of a logistics problem:

Imagine that you are some sort of traveling entertainer. Like, I don’t know, just throwing something out there, first example to come to mind, just for the sake of argument, let’s say you’re the leader of an exhibition yo-yo troupe. Your yo-yo troupe tours the country by automobile, wearing matching backwards hats and performing highly choreographed and surprisingly impressive feats of coordination and daring using a popular children’s toy. Your routines are set to music, mostly current hip-hop and top 40 hits. The name of your troupe is something edgy and vaguely urban, like “The Zero Gs.”

So let’s say that you and the rest of The ‘Gs just finished a fun and challenging weekend of performances in the southeastern United States. You started out in Mobile, AL, which is close to your troupe’s home base (you all live in Chalmette, LA). It was one of your most enjoyable yo-yo exhibitions to date. You played in front of a big outdoor crowd, many of whom seemed to be longtime supporters of your yo-yo troupe, based on their jubilant enthusiasm and obvious familiarity with many of your more popular yo-yo tricks.

After the show in Mobile, once you were done saying your goodbyes and packing up all of your yo-yos and backwards caps, you still had to drive for a few hours. There were many miles between The Zero Gs and your next engagement, which was actually a double-header in Augusta, GA for the city’s Arts in the Heart festival. You drove into the night, checked into a hotel for a few hours, then woke up earlier than you would have preferred and continued driving.

The festival in Augusta was lovely and you wish you had had more time to explore it. There were booths representing the culture and cuisine of upwards of forty different countries, and stages showcasing various forms of art, dance and music from around the world. Unfortunately, you had a very limited amount of time there because you were yo-yo-ing at the festival AND at the festival’s official late-night afterparty down the street at a venue called Sky City. The latter performance also featured a group named Stop Light Observations, who, for the purposes of this purely hypothetical scenario, are a team of jugglers and contortionists instead of a cool band with whom you’ve done several shows in recent memory.

The whole weekend, while extremely enjoyable, was admittedly a bit draining. But now it’s Sunday morning and it’s time to check out of your hotel in Augusta. You have two days until your next exhibition, which takes place in Knoxville, TN. Your obvious choices are either to remain in Augusta for the days off or drive directly to Knoxville and stay in the same place for three nights. In theory, you could save a bit on hotels by driving all the way back to Chalmette, LA on Sunday, but it would take all day and then you’d just have to turn around and leave again on Monday in order to make it to Knoxville on time. Conversely, you could find a cool place to stay somewhere in between, like maybe Nashville for example, which will be easier on you and your exhausted teammates but significantly more expensive. What do you do?

The Revivalists found ourselves faced with an eerily similar dilemma when planning the first half of this ten-day run we’re on right now, and we think we came up with the correct answer: rent a big cabin in The Smoky Mountains and kick it with some nature (click for big):

Nature!

(Also pictured: New front-of-house engineer Chopper Brady, tour manager David Melerine’s freakish, panorama-distorted neck wattle)

How’d we do?

Friday, September 12th, 2014

First In Line

Friday, September 12, 2014, 4:05 AM – Indianapolis International Airport

“Pre-check on the left.”

I am on the right. I am not really sure where I am supposed to be standing or what I am waiting for until the TSA man presses a button and the wall in front of me begins to collapse like an accordion, folding in from left to right. I notice that I have somehow found my way to the front of the line. I will be the TSA’s first customer today. I feel like the first guy to buy tickets for The Phantom Menace.

Hello, friends! Rob here.

The Revivalists are currently at the end of concourse A in the Indianapolis airport, trying to tune out a sustained, high-pitched beeping noise coming from somewhere behind us. In what must have seemed like a brilliant idea at the time, we booked the absolute first flight out of Indianapolis in order to give ourselves some breathing room on the trip to Fredericton. We checked out of our hotel at 3:30 this morning, after playing a medium-early set at Phases of the Moon Festival in nearby-ish Danville, IL. Tried to sleep from about 11 PM until then. It didn’t take.

I’m thinking about doing shorter, more frequent updates for a while, just to try to keep things more current. How current? Check it out: We are sitting in black chairs with armrests and we are all very tired.  Mike is wearing sunglasses, Ed is on the floor, it’s still dark outside, we board our flight in about half an hour. BOOM. Literally up to the minute. It might be cold in here. I might just be shivering because I’m underslept.

I’m a little bit worried by how easily the words are coming. Writing right now may have been a terrible misstep and it may have been a stroke of genius.  Only time will tell. Either way, I’m tired, and I think I’m done here. See you soon, Canada!

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