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The Revivalists: Show preview

Where: The Blue Note

When: Tuesday, March 14. Doors 7 p.m. | Show 8 p.m.

Tickets: $22

Transcending: The single word that defines the music created by the ever-talented seven-piece band known as The Revivalists. To be the best and the most successful in the music business, an artist must defy genre limitations and expose their fans and themselves to a melting pot of music. That being said, The Revivalists have beautifully transcended these expectations by creating songs that encompass the various sounds and rhythmic grooves of alternative rock, soul, blues, R&B and progressive trance, and ultimately provide that jam band feel.

Fun fact: “Jam band” describes musical groups whose performances feature extensive musical improvisation and long sets of songs that cross genre boundaries.

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of crossing paths with any of The Revivalists’ stellar tunes, let me introduce them to your life and give you a few reasons to come check them out.

Ever heard of Galactic?

or Dumpstaphunk?

If you’re a fan of either, you know that jazzy, funky, bluesy, chill vibes sail from these bands’ cores. Drawing inspiration from their New Orleans roots, each band cultivates a unique groove that withstands the minimalist sounds of funk and soul music. With each performance, listeners release themselves to the undeniable synergy between the universe, body and soul.

How about Dave Matthews Band?

Or O.A.R.?

Unlike Galactic or Dumpstaphunk, both of these bands have a more subtle, smooth, alternative rock sound that connects fans to the world around them. Each band’s lead singers have distinct vocals that successfully unite with background instrumentals and rhythmic variations, resulting in a fusion. Although the use of more classical sounds differentiate them from the previously mentioned bands, their general jam band approach remains the same.

While each band delivers their own unique form of this style of music, they all have something in common. Each of them transposes the organization of their chords and melodic noises to get listeners lost in the music and in touch with their roots. They exemplify the past by digging into their original musical roots, which today have become so easy to lose a sense of.

If you answered yes to knowing any of the above bands, check out this playlist illuminating The Revivalists’ exploration and reconciliation of various stylistic and harmonious sounds and get ready to jam tonight.

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Ben Folds & a Piano: Show Review

Picture this: a man, a piano and a choir. Only, there was no actual choir. The choir was the audience, captivated by the incredible sound screaming from the sole instrument on the stage.

For those of you who didn’t go, I’m not lying when I say that you missed a powerful show. Prior to attending Ben Folds & a Piano at The Blue Note, I had only listened to him through my headphones and laptop speakers. There was no way of knowing exactly what I was in for until I got to the concert. The atmosphere at the show was unlike anything I had ever been a part of. My jaw was dropped in awe for 98% of his performance. To say that I was mesmerized is an understatement.

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Fun fact: Artists who sell out shows at The Blue Note or Rose Music Hall get shiny gold trophies with a plaque that says “Sold out! Fuck yeah!!” Here’s Mike handing one off to Ben.

Not only was the crowd entranced by Folds’ undeniable skills on the keys, but also by his constant interaction with the crowd. The only word I can think of to describe the whole experience is intimate.

His constantly changing body language, the movement of his hands and the intensity of his words screamed of a connection that no one on the outside could understand. Folds would stand up from his bench and lean into the piano while his hands stroked each note and chord. One minute, his performance would be sharp and intense and the next it would be soft and delicate.

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But it was the crowd’s interaction that really kept me mesmerized. For the most part, the audience just stood there soaking in Folds’ performance, but at other times it sounded as if he had an entire choir singing in unison with him. Every single person knew every single song and it blew my mind. Not only did they know his lyrics, but they also knew the right moments to join in and sing along with him.

All I can say is that Ben Folds is a master behind the piano. I highly recommend that everyone attend at least one of his concerts because when you do, you’ll never want to stop listening. Never underestimate a man and his instrument.

This post was written by Alyssa Michaels, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.


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2nd Annual Mad Men Holiday Soireé

Where: The Blue Note

When: Saturday, Dec. 10. Doors at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $20 // $15 for students with ID

It’s called the most wonderful time of the year for a reason and it’s here. It’s the time of the year when you get to attend fancy parties where you’re served suave cocktails and delicious hors d’oeuvres.

It’s only fitting that The Blue Note is hosting the 2nd Annual Mad Men Holiday Soireé, a.k.a., the most glamorous and exclusive holiday party of the year. And you, my friends, are cordially invited to attend.

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With old-fashioned drinks and swinging dance moves, last year’s guests showed us just how dapper the 60s could be. It was so much fun and it’s only going to be better this year. Don’t believe me? Here’s a few reasons why this night truly throws any other holiday party out of the water.

1. It’s not just a party, it’s a soireé — the luxurious version of your average party. *Cheers*

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2. There’s a theme.

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The idea: It’s the year 1967, you work for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and this is your annual office holiday party.

3. You get to dress to impress.

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If there is ever a right time in life to be classy AF, this is it. Rather than a typical everyday outfit of leggings or jeans, the event encourages guests to muster up their best 60s vintage to show off. Oh, and did I mention that the most dapper, classy, and best dressed person there wins a Bottle of Wild Turkey Russell’s Reserve 6 Year?

4. Live jazz music.

Yes, of course, there will be live music. Jazz music to be specific. Amalgamation, an incredibly talented orchestra, brings jazz music to life through their smooth, soul-touching sounds. Check them out and practice your moves before the event.

Aside from lavish drinks, 60s attire, and an overall jazzy mood, there will also be a fashion show put on by Muse Clothing and Maude Vintage to show off all the different styles from the decade. If that doesn’t put a cherry on top of the evening, I don’t know what will.

Now go grab your besties, your gent or lady, or even the cute barista from the local coffee shop and start the holiday season off right. I’ll be seeing you tonight in your swankiest attire.

P.S. This is you after reading:

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This post was written by Alyssa Michaels, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog.