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The Revivalists

The Revivalists

Great White Buffalo, Solwave

Sat, February 23, 2013

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12 ADV - $14 DOOR

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

The Revivalists
The Revivalists
Since forming in 2007, The Revivalists have rightfully earned their reputation as the next breakout band from the music capital of New Orleans. The group’s blend of soulful, syncopated rock and earnest songwriting comes to life through a meticulously crafted and ever-evolving live performance. In 2011 they were named Best Emerging Artist at Gambit Magazine’s Big Easy Awards, and were nominated for Best Rock Act in 2012.

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 Revivalists incessantly tour on the national level, often times supporting giants like Rebirth Brass Band and Galactic. They're also proud to have opened for notable acts JJ Grey & Mofro, Dr. John, and Trombone Shorty. Additionally, they have established themselves as an engaging festival act, gaining notoriety at CMJ (NYC), DeLuna Fest (Florida), Hangout Music Festival (Gulf Shores, AL), The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Series (Washington, DC) and the legendary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. At the latter they grabbed the attention of Rolling Stone Senior Editor, David Fricke, who later called their performance, “a Crescent City-rhythm spin on jam-band jubilee.”
Great White Buffalo
Great White Buffalo
It has often felt as if sincerity and personal conviction were run out of rock n’ roll in exchange for a tepid and demure approach to song writing, analogous to the music industry’s apprehension of change.

Great White Buffalo, however, appear and sound determined to reintroduce and inject that emotional intelligence back into the veins of rock music, starting with an indie sensibility. The band has been garnering attention and for good reason. Their recent self-titled debut release, which they recorded with Grammy award-winning producer Philip Allen (Adele, Aerosmith) this past year, kicks up reminders of big sounds, challenging metaphors, and hooks that will make you & yours randy.

With comparisons abounding, this L.A. quartet is set to make a splash onto the airwaves. Check out this track “Thanks for Nothing” and do yourself a solid by grabbing their record. It’s surely a wondrous way to welcome spring back into your life.
Solwave
Solwave
A simple internet search for the energetic San Francisco quartet Solwave will tell you the number one thing you need to know about the band, and it will tell you over and over…YOU MUST SEE THEM LIVE. Not because their recordings are not equally as impressive, as a glance through those reviews will tell you the same. When Solwave is on stage, it’s impossible not to get swept away by the combination of chemistry, sheer talent and songs filled with soul, blues, new wave, and undeniable rock n' roll dance beats. All of this mixed with the flow of energy from the audience is not only what sets the band apart but is what makes their fans continue to come back for more.

Starting out as a trio of childhood friends, the band was initially formed back in grade school with front man Joe Collins and brothers Danny and Tommy Ferdon. With Joe initially behind the drums, Danny on bass and Tommy on guitar, the three spent countless hours jamming together as they honed their individual crafts. As life went on, Joe would be the first to leave for college at UC Berkeley. It was during his freshman year that he realized music was his number one passion and headed back to the city where he stepped out from behind the drum kit and started to focus on vocals and the piano. Just as naturally as both came to him, he started writing songs and rapidly began to fill a catalog of songs that would later become Solwave staples. Joe attempted to play with other local musicians when Danny headed off to Indiana State and Tommy finished his senior year of high school. Similar to Joe’s college experience, Danny eventually transferred from Indiana to the University of San Francisco, where his younger brother accepted admission as well and the band was reunited. With Joe’s new role as front man, SOLWAVE posted a Craigslist ad for a new drummer, which was quickly answered by Moise Seri whose skills and obvious strong work ethic fit right in line with the squad.

A basement rehearsal space in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District became the stomping ground for the reunited and reinvigorated SOLWAVE and the next few years would bring hard work, dedication, struggles, victories, live performances and a rehearsal diet of four times per week. Once the band had fully trained Seri on their catalogue of songs, they began applying the same tenacity and creativity behind rehearsing to their business. It was the unique decision to giveaway self recorded cds at shows in the early days that has furthered fans connections with the songs and made the energy between the audience and the band that much more intense at a SOLWAVE show.
Upon hitting the local circuit, the group quickly checked off their wish list of venues as their hometown crowd grew larger with every gig played. At the start of 2012 SOLWAVE began expanding the circumference of their live shows from their hometown of San Francisco to land them on the regular west coast touring circuit from San Diego to Seattle, starting in local bars and working their way into music halls, including The Independent, Doug Fir Lounge, SLO Brew, Moe's Alley, SOHO Music Club, Hotel Cafe, The Mint, and more. By forging strong relationships with promoters, bookers, and bands, the group continues to raise the bar and are now requested to return to the cities and venues for repeat performances. Averaging more than 100 shows in the last year, a pinnacle moment came in May 2013 when they sold out legendary SF venue, The Independent. With a 500 person capacity, the room was no longer filled with just friends and family, proving the bands hard work was beginning to pay off.

Keeping up with their steady incline SOLWAVE have teamed up with Producer, Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Regina Spektor) and Mixer, Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, U2) for their latest EP, The End of the Beginning. The team is already a winning one with the single release and video for the upbeat and soulful, “I Won’t Wait” to nothing but rave reviews. “Leo” and “Follow” showcase the bands rare ability to create danceable rock songs; while “Lost and Found” pays homage to the group’s classic rock and blues influences. In true SOLWAVE form, they somehow seamlessly switch gears to the psychobilly rock tune, “Devil In My Head” proving they leave no genre untouched without skipping a beat in between. All five songs effortlessly cross genres while managing to form the cohesive collection that makes up The End of the Beginning, delivering the signature yet always evolving, SOLWAVE sound.
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