Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, CA-based roots/jazz collective that merges a raucous blend of old school mountain bluegrass, swamp-gospel, jug-band, jump blues and the hot ethnic swing of the 1930’s to form a spicy roots cocktail.
Known for their boisterous and disorderly dance-inducing live sets, the Dustbowl Revival plays what some call hillbilly jazz—the original front porch rock n’ roll. Think Dylan and The Band in Newport meets Louis Armstrong in New Orleans meets Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes on the beaches of LA.
It’s young people playing high-energy, vintage music and it’s all written and composed by howlin’ and stompin’ frontman Zach Lupetin who first envisioned putting together a kind of roots supergroup when he moved from Chicago (his father is a blues harp virtuoso who sometimes sits in), to Michigan and then to sunny Los Angeles three years ago.
Growing from a small string band diligently playing local Southern California clubs (over a hundred shows in the last two years), DBR is now a collective of over ten musicians with instrumentation that often includes tuba, trombone, clarinet, cornet, trumpet, mandolin, banjo, drums, guitars, double bass, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck. The band’s spontaneous, participatory set-lists assure that every show is a little bit different. The Dustbowl Revival features an ever-evolving group of over ten local folk musicians including mandolin, resonator guitar, washboard, drums, double bass, trumpet, tuba, clarinet, trombone, banjo, kazoo and more, brings the audience on a tour of traditional American music with a thoroughly modern twist.
With an enthusiastic and growing following, The Dustbowl Revival released “You Can’t Go Back To The Garden of Eden” in 2010 to rave reviews. As a result they won the "Americana Song Of The Year" 2010 Independent Music Awards for "Dan's Jam" from that CD. “You Can’t Go Back To The Garden of Eden” perfectly merges their vintage style with a hip vibe that represents the band’s upbeat message. A sort of new-wave jug-band or "little big band," The Dustbowl Revival’s tunes range anywhere from Bob Wills style western swing to Dylan inspired folk romps to Sister Rosetta Tharpe gospel stomps to Howlin' Wolf Chicago Blues. Big band ballads, western swing hoe-downs, bebop breakdowns, vaudevillian theatrics even mariachi-flavored marches — the whole kitchen sink is thrown at you during their raucous live shows.
Co-headlining the bill with DBR is the ever growing in popularity antics of the Jugtown Pirates. "ARRGGHHH!" doesn't even begin to describe the cheerful yet twisted traditional toe-tapping tunes from these delightful Scurvy Dogs! Four years ago, the Jugtown Pirates packed their bags in Vermont and headed west to San Francisco, CA. Living in the heart of the city in the historic Haight Ashbury, the Pirates developed an incredible following by "busking" bluegrass daily on their front porch stoop, drawing massive street crowds.
The band utilizes a vast array of instruments, including; the washboard, tambourine, kazoos, guitar, washtub bass, upright bass, mandolin, banjo, jug, spoons, drums and occasionally a train whistle and harmonica. In addition to this wild range of instruments,
The Jugtown Pirates meld together four part harmonies, high kick up your heels energy and an incredible melange of genres including; bluegrass, gypsy jazz, classical, blues, jugband music and psychedelic rock.
Join the dancin' fanbase of faithful "Jug Addicts," and see why they are always smiling! The sound and the scene of San Francisco's Summer of Love is being revived and recreated by Jugtown, in the exact place that it happened over forty-years ago.