Concerts are supposed to be an encapsulating experience from beginning to end, meant to challenge the senses and help form your opinions on the music industry as a whole.
And last month, The Revivalists – a seven-piece band from New Orleans – brought exactly that to Chicago’s intimate Concord Music Hall.
Formed back in 2007, The Revivalists’ style of music can only be described by those who have had the pleasure of listening to it – especially in a live setting where their music thrives. Before seeing them live for the first time, I described them to most as a hybrid of several bands mixed into one super group.
From the haunting vocals of lead singer David Shaw to a loaded arrangement of six extremely talented musicians on the pedal steel guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, saxophone, trumpet, and guitar; The Revivalists’ music seems to grow legs in a live setting.
Any band is truly at their best when they play off the emotions of the crowd and reciprocate their energy on stage. From the onset, you could sense a majority of Concord’s crowd that night had been preparing for this show throughout the entirety of the day.
For me, the anticipation had been growing for weeks, mostly because I had no idea what to expect from the group in a live rendition. My gut said it was going to be an experience for the ages, and per usual – one’s gut never lies.
With The Revivalists, it’s like Pearl Jam met a New Orleans funk/soul/jazz band and had a beautiful child to bless the world with. They’re that good.