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Music: Revivalists return to baton Rouge for two-night show

The Revivalists are returning to Baton Rouge this weekend to play a two-night show at the Varsity Theatre on February 19 and 20. This septet fuses traditional rock sound with a funky New Orleans flair. Since its inception in 2007, The Revivalists have become one of South Louisiana’s leading indie rock bands.

Known for their live performances, this band shows true musicianship and a brilliant ability to connect with its audience.

“Every time we perform a tune live, we’re trying to inject the emotion felt at the time the song was written into our audience,” says David Shaw, lead vocalist for the band. “Fans can expect to go through a wide plethora of emotions at our shows.”

The Revivalists’ latest album, Men Amongst Mountains spring boarded the band into a new phase of their career, debuting at No.2 on the Billboard Alternative Albums Chart and Top 10 on the iTunes Alternative Albums Chart upon release.

“The title sums up or collective feeling,” says Shaw, when asked about the album’s title. “We started to find ourselves on festival bills with our idols and in front of huge crowds, but we felt we stood up and met the challenge by simply being who we are as The Revivalists.”

The album includes songs such as lead single, “Keep Going,” and “Wish I Knew You.” “Keep Going” showcases Shaw’s soulful voice and is a great example of this band’s perseverance and ability to gain traction with the fans.

“It’s that message to just keep going,” says Shaw.

Other songs from the album include, “Monster,” “All in the Family” and “It Was A Sin.”

This band has become so popular with the Baton Rouge audience that they’ve decided to do a two-night show to give fans a chance to hear their entire catalog of music. They’re also bringing special guests Sweet Crude and Royal Teeth as opening acts on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. Both bands are based out of southern Louisiana as well, and bring a unique flavor to the show.

Sweet Crude, whose music is heavily influenced by “the music and spirit of New Orleans,” gives new meaning to the phrase “Cajun music,” with its dance music and song lyrics spoken in both English and French.

“The continuation of the Louisiana French dialect is a huge part of the music that we make,” says Sam Craft, one of the founding members of the band. “Our music does not sound like ‘Cajun music,’ but the sound, inflections and articulation of the language are critical to our songwriting.”

This band hopes to show that “French is alive and well in Louisiana and can be applied to any genre of music.”

Tickets are on sale now at The Chimes Restaurant & Tap Room or ticketweb.com. Single show tickets are $22 in advance and $25 the day of show. Two-day passes are also available for $40. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. This is certainly a revival you won’t want to miss.

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