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NOLA soul outfit Revivalists amped to ‘share the love’ at North Tahoe

The Revivalists, a soulful alternative rock band based in New Orleans, will perform inside the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room on Sunday.
Courtesy Travis Shinn

If you go

What: The Revivalists (after party w/ Jelly Bread)

Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room

When: 9 p.m. Sunday, March 20

Cost: $17 advance; $20 day of show; $37 booth seat

Online: crystalbaycasino.com

CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Whenever touring band the Revivalists pull into the North Lake Tahoe region, a special kind of calmness washes over them.

The impossibly blue lake, the snowcapped mountains, the crisp air — everything is soul nourishment for the rock and soul outfit from New Orleans.

“We love the area,” David Shaw, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, told the Bonanza this week. “It’s just, you kind of come in through the mountains and you start to see that lake … it gives us a nice, easy feeling.”



The Revivalists will re-experience that serenity Sunday before the group drops anchor on the North Shore for a show inside the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room.

“We love playing there, we’re super stoked,” Shaw said. “The people like to party. They love to get down, they love to have a good time … we’re there to give them that — share the love.”



‘A rite of passage’

Though the Revivalists have performed inside the CBC many times before, Sunday will mark the first time the seven-piece outfit will stalk the stage of the famed Crown Room. In years past, the soul group has tucked inside the venue’s intimate Red Room.

The band’s last performance came last year as the after party of Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants, a side project of Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett.

Shaw said the band is amped to graduate to the CBC’s main stage this weekend.

“It’s certainly an honor,” he added. “I know it’s somewhat a rite of passage to do the Red Room for a little bit and then play in the big room.”

On Sunday night when the Revivalists are plugged in and filling the Crown Room with their infusion of rock, folk and soul, attendees can expect an “all-compassing energy,” Shaw said.

“Everyone kind of feels there in the moment together and nobody’s really thinking of yesterday or tomorrow,” he continued. “We’re going to take you through an multitude of moods; we’ll pick you up and we’ll take you down … it’s basically conjuring up the emotions, getting that message through.”

‘Men Amongst Mountains’

The Revivalists are playing in support of their third full-length studio album, “Men Amongst Mountains,” which has garnered praise for its diverse blend of warm melodies, gritty rock sounds, and everything in-between — from funk thumps to gospel crescendos.

“Men Amongst Mountains” was recorded straight to tape at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, La., and released last July.

“We’re super proud of it,” Shaw said of the album, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart. “The core, the meat of it, is us playing together so we could kind of capture that live, that raw sound, which I think is very important on an album.”

Along with Shaw, the Revivalists are composed of Ed Williams (pedal steel guitar), Zack Feinberg (guitar), Rob Ingraham (saxophone), George Gekas (bass), Andrew Campanelli (drums), and Michael Girardot (keys, trumpet).


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