This was my 4th Revival Tour and my second at The Social, and I’m pleased to report that this year’s talented tribe of troubadours easily manifested a sense of camaraderie lasting from the very first note all the way through the last note reminiscent of revivals of yore.
The Revival Tour kicks off with a rousing intro with everyone on the tour followed by each featured performer doing a set with tour members dropping in on songs leading up to a grand finale of songs with everyone on the tour.
A few adroit musicians – Addison Burns, Jon Gaunt and Joe Ginsberg – support the evening’s opening and closing sets and selected songs for each performer’s set.
Jenny Owen Youngs
As the first featured performer of the evening, Jenny quickly won over new converts while the audience members in the know delighted in seeing her in this format. Jenny also took the opportunity with Joe Ginsberg to demonstrate to the crowd how a Venn Diagram works right before their rousing “Ring of Fire” cover.
And, Jenny also got Chuck Ragan to play upright bass with her. An unparalleled success!
Check out more photos from Jenny’s set here: LOOK: JENNY OWEN YOUNGS
Next up, Rocky Votolato took the stage and had a rousing set from his hit list.
Check out more photos of Rocky’s set here: LOOK: Rocky Votolato
I’m a big Get Up Kids fan from back in the day and I even got to see them play in Prague in 2011. So, I was especially excited to see Matt Pryor solo. It was awesome to hear “Red Letter Day” acoustic along with a few other Get Up Kids songs and solo songs.
Check out more photos from Matt’s set here: LOOK: MATT PRYOR
As The Revival Tour impressario, Chuck Ragan is an integral part of the evening. Chuck played through his set with the rapt attention of the crowd. And, he brought up a talented local musician, Bartender Brian, up for a song who remarked that the first Revival Tour that inspired him to pursue what he is doing now. You can’t ask for a better endorsement than that.
Check out more photos of Chuck’s set here: LOOK: Chuck Ragan
The Revival Tour has a bunch more tour dates – the line-up changes as the tour moves around so be sure to check the line-up at therevivaltour.com:
03/26/13 Washington, DC Black Cat
03/27/13 Philadelphia, PA TLA (Theatre of Living Arts)
03/28/13 New York City, NY Irving Plaza
03/29/13 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
03/30/13 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House
03/31/13 Montreal, QC Le Cabaret du Mile End
04/01/13 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
04/02/13 Syracuse, NY The Westcott Theater
04/03/13 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
04/04/13 Cleveland Heights, OH Grog Shop
04/05/13 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
04/06/13 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
04/07/13 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
04/08/13 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
04/09/13 Chicago, IL House of Blues
04/10/13 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
04/11/13 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
04/12/13 Lawrence, KS The Granada
04/13/13 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
04/14/13 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
04/15/13 Jackson Hole, WY Pink Garter Theater
04/16/13 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
04/17/13 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre Canada
04/18/13 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
04/19/13 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
04/20/13 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
04/21/13 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up
04/22/13 Santa Ana, CA Observatory
04/23/13 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
If you would like to reminisce about past Revival Tours, the 2012 Florida edition of the Revival Tour featured Chuck Ragan, Cory Branan, Dan Andriano and Tommy Gabel with special guests, Greenland Is Melting. Check out the review here. In addition to Chuck Ragan, the 2009 Revival Tour FLA edition featured Frank Turner, Drag The River, Zydepunks, Jim Ward (Sparta), and Audra Mae – photos from 2009 are posted here. And, finally, the first Revival Tour in 2008 featured Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Ben Nichols (Lucero) and Tim Barry (Avail) along with friends Todd Beene (Glossary), Jon Gaunt (Whiskey & Co), Austin Lucas, Bob Lucas (Austin’s dad), and Digger Barnes. The tour descended on the Orpheum in Tampa on Sept. 30, 2008. It was indeed an awakening… Please check out the photo show review of The 2008 Revival Tour on Creative Loafing’s Tampa Calling Blog.
Finally, check out the photos from the closing set of the 2013 Revival Tour below. Fare Thee Well until next time… Thanks for reading and sharing with your friends![flickr-gallery mode=”photoset” photoset=”72157633089127515″]