By Pat Gunther
In order create a vibrant and exciting atmosphere, a great opener is a must; enter the Red Stick’s own Stone Rabbits. The gritty, five-piece band has been making waves with their increasing local appeal and lively on-stage presence. As a result, Stone Rabbits feel that they’re the perfect opener for any talented bill. “You want us to open for you because we’re a forethought of what’s to come,” drummer Sam Bachrack remarked, “When people see us they’ll be like ‘Wow, these guys are tight. The headliner must be awesome.’”
As a drummer, Bachrack knows the importance of setting a pace for the band and the audience alike. “Being on stage and noticing and feeding into the crowd’s energy is huge. You’re so much more invested in the concert when the crowd is vibing to what you’re playing,” Bachrack said. When the time comes, it’s a safe bet to say that Stone Rabbits are more than capable of setting the tone for a great atmosphere.
On April 9, they’ll open for Nashville, Tenn. natives Moon Taxi, who are no strangers to playing in front of a raucous crowd. Since the group’s inception in 2006, Moon Taxi has performed at indie-sweetheart festivals such as Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, in addition to an appearance on the “The Late Show With David Letterman” this past November.
Consequently, Moon Taxi’s robust and adventurous soundscape caters to nearly every audience on the budding indie rock scene. By creating an energetic set-list night in and night out Moon Taxi allows the audience to ebb and flow with their spirited guitar riffs and popping drum work, or their slowed down cuts and the vibe of some far-off beach scene.
Whether you prefer heavy blues inspired guitar work and copious amounts of energy, or something smoother, Moon Taxi has a plethora of sounds that come alive on stage.
In order to best capture the eclectic influences that Moon Taxi draws from, seeing them in person is a must. On April 9th, when Moon Taxi plays the Varsity Theater in Baton Rouge, you can be certain that the purveyors of some of the finest feel-good music will have the crowd on their feet and engaged in their consistent, yet diverse sonic adventure.
Also slated for a set on April 9th is the soulful New Orleans collective, The Revivalists. After the group formed in 2007, The Revivalists have been a key component in the rise of the Crescent City’s indie rock outlet.
The group combines classical elements of New Orleans jazz such as horns and a rhythm section that leaves a crowd no choice but to move their feet. The Revivalists possess a ton of mainstream appeal without compromising their individuality. “Everyone adds a specific color to our sets, and our personalities definitely shine through on stage,” lead singer David Shaw said.
It’s that combination of soulful music and high-energy funk that makes The Revivalists a fan favorite in the up-and-coming indie scene. “We try to sculpt our set-lists in a way that brings the crowd through a variety of emotions,” Shaw said.
Likening themselves to Abraham Lincoln and his soft-spoken manner that would build to a crescendo to lure in his audience, Shaw and The Revivalists certainly know how to captivate a crowd.
“Baton Rouge is a home away from home,” Shaw said. “We love all our LSU people, it’s a great college town, and we just want to make sure everyone has fun.”