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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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Four Ways AJJ Just Gets It

Have you ever turned to music to hear someone who gets it? A voice that totally understands what you’re feeling and puts it into words better than you ever could? Don’t we all? But sometimes, don’t you just wish an artist would sing it how it is without all the abstract, vague references to unspoken feelings?

AJJ (Formerly known as Andrew Jackson Jihad) is one of those artists who just gets it. He blatantly sings about issues that everyone can relate to. He touches on everything from how much growing up sucks, to how much your ex sucks, to how much the world sucks.

1. The world sucks sometimes and so do humans, but that’s normal. 

“How is the world so small when the world is so large. And who made the world, could I please speak to who’s in charge.” – “People II: The Reckoning”

This song sums it all up. People are flawed and the world is flawed. AJJ lets us know that yeah, we’re all a little messed up, but it’s okay. It’s okay to be messed up and it’s okay to be angry sometimes because we’re all human. I respect this message. Listening to this song also makes me feel better about some of my bad habits… like eating an obscene amount of cheese balls every time I get stressed out.

2. Growing up really f***ing sucks. 

“Growing up really f***ing sucks. I want to fall in love but I don’t love anybody. But I’m afraid I don’t care.” – “Growing Up”

I don’t know a single soul who hasn’t identified with that statement at one point or another in their life. Personally, I identify with that statement right now. Growing up sucks. You keep getting older and you have all these responsibilities and your family wants you to be in love – but what if you aren’t? It’s enough to make you want to lay on the floor and reevaluate your life, because sometimes that’s just what it comes to.

3. Life is too short to be sad all the time. 

“Let’s make the most of it, ’cause life’s too short to f**k with.” – Jesus Saves

In this song, AJJ recognizes that we all get sad sometimes. As much as it would be easy to sit and cry about it, life is simply too short for that. Yes, we all get sad or get down on ourselves. But so what? We can’t waste our time being upset or feeling hopeless or else we’ll “rot away” without really living our lives. Pick yourself up, get over it and move on. Also, eat chocolate and watch sitcoms. Do whatever it is that is good for your soul.

4. Equality. 

“People are people regardless of anything. I have faith in my fellow man, and I only hope that he has faith in me.” – “People”

People are people regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation, income, background or ANYTHING for that matter. AJJ recognizes that people can be hateful, inconsiderate and unfair. But you’re special, I’m special, we are all special. We need to believe in one another. We are, essentially, all the same in our differences. Now go hug someone.

5. Everyone on this earth is a family. ❤️

“We are all one big band across this land and we should sing in tune.” – “No More Tears”

This one doesn’t need an explanation. We all need to recognize we are one big happy family. Love wins.

If you identified with any of these reasons why AJJ just gets it, then you’ll enjoy listening to them at Rose Music Hall tonight.

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


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Live tonight! St. Lucia

Where: The Blue Note

When: Monday, Oct. 17. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.

Ticket Cost: $20 General Admission

Opener: Baio

St. Lucia. If you aren’t already familiar with them, let me get you caught up. There’s a good chance you’ve jammed out to their bright, high-energy hit singles, Elevate and Dancing on Glass. In their bio, lead singer, Jean-Phillip Grobler, explains that Dancing on Glass is “about having the faith to chase what makes you happy, even if logic and practicality tell you it’s bound to fall apart.” With over million listeners on Spotify, this electro-pop band knows how to get people in a feel good mood that keeps them coming back for more.

I discovered the band when Spotify featured St. Lucia in their “Ready For The Day” and “Morning Commute” playlists. I’m not a morning person, but on one brisk morning with caffeine in hand, I started boppin’ my head to “Elevate” as it flowed through speakers and into my life. I was hooked.

When I started listening to the rest of St. Lucia’s most recent album, Matter, I immediately thought to myself, “Am I in the ’80s or am I listening to the future of music?” In a recent interview, Grobler describes St. Lucia’s latest sound as “inspired by the RnB movement and ‘classics’ from the ’70s and ’80s.”

They even have a heart-pounding song called Physical. I’m sure Olivia Newton John is proud!

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During their shows, neon lighting illuminates the crowd as bright synths and vigorous beats move the room into a sweaty, but happy, dance party.

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If any part of your being is connected to young Kevin Bacon’s warehouse power dance moves, then you belong at this show.
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Oh and one other thing. Arrive on time because Baio is opening. This is NOT a drill people. If you’re not familiar, make yourself familiar:

 

Let’s be rebels and party on a week night. See you tonight!

This post was written by Rebekah Northern, contributing writer for the Blue Note and Rose Blog.