The Revivalists

The Revivalists

What began as a chance encounter has become the next breakout band from the music capital of New Orleans. Neither lead singer David Shaw nor guitarist Zack Feinberg realized that life was going to be different when they randomly met in 2007. Two weeks after moving to New Orleans from Ohio, David Shaw was on his Birch Street porch with an acoustic guitar, strumming an original song called "Purple Heart." A passing bicyclist stopped to listen. He turned out to be Zack Feinberg, a guitarist in search of a band. Shaw and Feinberg struck up a conversation, a friendship and, eventually, The Revivalists. Four years later, the Revivalists look and sound like a band on the brink. In 2011 they were named Best Emerging Artist at Gambit Magazine's Big Easy Awards, which in 2012 has nominated them as Best Rock Band.

The Revivalists have been touring since 2008 and thriving on the national level, clocking in over 400 shows while sharing the stage and the road with such notable acts like Galactic, Trombone Shorty, The Rebirth Brass Band, The Radiators, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Alabama Shakes. Additionally, they have established themselves as an engaging festival act, winning over audiences at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans, DeLuna Fest in Florida, B.O.M.B Fest in Connecticut, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage series in Washington, DC and the legendary New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. There, they caught the attention of Rolling Stone Senior Editor David Fricke, who wrote about their performance on rollingstone.com.

The Revivalists' 2008 self-titled debut E.P was an Editor's Pick for both the Jam Band and American Traditional Rock on CDBaby.com. The young band was privileged to record under the guidance of Grammy Award-winning engineer/producer Chris Finney, whose resumé ranges from Dr. John to R.E.M. Songs off the album have been featured on MTV, Paste Magazine's Music Sampler, and on American Airlines flights. Their first full-length Vital Signs quickly became the top-selling album on CDBaby in the American Rock category.

The band's next album, City of Sound, released in March 2012, was produced by Ben Ellman, whose credits include Galactic, Gypsyphonic Dysko, and Trombone Shorty.

Natural Selection

Excelling @ Live Shows Philadelphia-based Natural Selections current style of music is the result of evolution. Originally formed in 1996 by vocalist Alesia Dessau as a straight-ahead jazz combo, the group has progressed over the past eight years to include funk, soul, R&B, hip-hop, and rock into its sound. The current members of the group are experienced in virtually all styles of western music, and the resulting creations of these talented musicians have a wide appeal. Alesia Dessaus sultry vocals and inventive lyrics float above tight vocal harmonies, solid rhythmic grooves, and carefully placed melodies creating a unique sound that moves the body, mind and spirit. One needs to look no further than the rhythm section to notice the diverse influences involved in Natural Selections music. Where Natural Selection truly excels, though, is in live performance. The onstage chemistry that exists between all of the band members is infectious, and the adventurous, improvised nature of the music will move any audience. The powerful vocals and the foundation of solid rhythmic communication that define Natural Selections sound are magnified by the energy of a live performance. Its not surprising that Natural Selection has regular monthly gigs at Philadelphias top original music venues, as well as a large and loyal (and ever expanding) following consisting of fans of all styles of music.

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The Revivalists with Natural Selection

Thursday, June 6 · Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM at The Blockley