It's 8 p.m. on a Wednesday night at Los Angeles' Teragram Ballroom and though The Revivalists have yet to take the stage—in fact, the opener hasn't even played—the room is buzzing with excitement. Fans that have seen the septet perform before tell any and all newcomers that they're in for one hell of a treat. To say that what the New Orleans based rock/soul band did that night was just a treat is a gross understatement. It was nothing less than a completely brilliant show of true talent and musicianship.
Armed with an arsenal of instrumentation—a saxophone, trumpet, keys, steel guitar, amongst the usual—the entire band was masterful in their instrument of choice. Most notably Rob Ingraham on sax and Michael Girardot on trumpet added a wonderful dynamics as their horns soared brightly amongst the fast paced, soulful southern rock feel of the rest of the band. Lead singer David Shaw also put on a noteworthy performance with his vocals ranging from smooth honey to a snarling scream.
A highlight of the night came when they brought a fan onstage. He couldn’t have been much more than 10 years old and it was his first concert. His exuberance up on stage as he danced with the band who made sure he had the time of his life perfectly summed up what it’s like to see The Revivalists. Their performance was infectious and a true display of a high caliber live show.
Text and photos by Victoria Patneaude
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