CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — First Tipitina’s, now the world.
The New Orleans septet the Revivalists are breaking out of the Big Easy and it’s found a well-traveled path to the Crystal Bay Casino, which has a fan base who dig syncopated rock.
The 5-year-old band in 2011 was named Best Emerging Artist at Gambit Magazine’s Big Easy Awards, and were nominated for Best Rock Act in 2012.
It debuts at the Crystal Bay Casino on Saturday, Sept. 15, in the free venue, the Red Room. Numerous “NOLA” bands have made the same journey, including the Neville Brothers, Galactic, Dr. John, Anders Osborne, Dumpstaphunk, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
With the seed being planted during jam sessions at Tipitina’s Sunday Music Workshops, where drummer Andrew Campanelli and guitarist Zack Feinberg first met, the band found its frontman by pure luck when Feinberg heard David Shaw singing on his Birch Street porch. Fueling the rhythm section, Campanelli’s college friend, George Gekas, became the bassist. Feinberg later invited saxophonist Rob Ingraham, the two realizing their incontestable dynamic while taking music classes at Tulane University. After a fortuitous meeting at French Quarter Fest, Ed Williams joined on the pedal steel guitar. The newest addition to the Revivalists’ cross-generational rocking goodness comes from multi-instrumentalist Michael Girardot. Having played sporadically with the band since 2009, he has grown into an integral part of their live show.
The album “City of Sound” was released in March 2012, was produced by Ben Ellman, whose credits include Galactic, Gypsyphonic Dysko and Trombone Shorty.