The Revivalists Suwannee Hulaween 2016

WATCH: The Revivalists at Suwannee Hulaween 2016

by • November 28, 2016

If you haven’t heard of The Revivalists, let me just say “You’re welcome” in advance. I’ve seen them once or twice in the past, but they touched my soul on Halloween weekend at the magical venue that is the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. Much thanks to The String Cheese Incident and the annual Suwannee Hulaween festival, the biggest and baddest festival to ever grace the park.

The Revivalists formed in New Orleans in 2007 and they have been spreading their roots-driven soul and rock tunes while making a prominent name for them in the jam scene. The 7-piece band consists of David Shaw [vocals], Zack Feinberg [guitar], Ed Williams [pedal steel guitar], Rob Ingraham [saxophone], George Gekas [bass], Andrew Campanelli [drums], and Michael Girardot [keys, trumpets]. The band released its latest album Men Amongst Mountains in Summer 2015.

Saturday night was packed full of great artists spreading sounds throughout the park. After three sets of Cheese, I made my way from The Meadow main stage to the new stage (The Patch) at the other end of the park to see some of STS9’s set, then bounced over to the Amphitheatre Stage to catch a few songs from Logic. I then took the very quick walk over to the Spirit Lake stage for a midnight (12:30 AM) hour-long set with The Revivalists. The tone of their music and the sincerity in Shaw’s voice and the lyrics just hit home with me, hard.

The Revivalists Suwannee Hulaween 2016

Whether it was a slow bluesy song or a mashed-up rock song with a hip-hop-ish beat, they certainly kept the energy flowing. The set consisted of ten songs, including five songs from the new album. “Fade Away” really tugged at my heart strings.  

Yeah I used to really love her, But now I just don’t know. The time between us faded all the love I felt below. And I wish I may I wish I might have some love today. You know I could, You know I would find a way to stay. But now is not the time and here is not the place, I’m on my way to somewhere these scars I can’t erase. So would you come with me, Oh I want you to come with me, Cuz I can’t do this alone.

The middle of the set featured two Nine Inch Nails covers in a row: “Closer” and “The Hand That Feeds” which were pleasant surprises. I was more than satisfied with just “Closer” but for another NIN cover immediately after was just delicious.

The set was wrapped up with the second track off the new album, titled “Wish I Knew You,” which has become their most popular song on Spotify. I won’t lie, that song is so good, it brought a few tears to my eyes. We’ve all gone through many emotional phases while learning life lessons. The lyrics of “Wish I Knew You” create the yearning of wanting to know what someone was like before all the fear and loneliness in life took over. Oh, the possibilities. In the end, we all want to see everyone for the beauty and strength they have within themselves. 

I wish I knew you when I was young, We could’ve got so high. Now we’re here it’s been so long, Two strangers in the bright lights. Oh I hope you don’t mind, We can share my mood yeah. Two strangers in the bright lights, I wish I knew you. I wish I knew you, Oh I wish I knew you when I was young.

Watch the full set video below, thanks to The Sober Goat!

SETLIST
00:00 Bulletproof
03:39 Stand Up
07:28 Criminal
13:41 It Was A Sin
18:00 Fade Away
24:08 Closer (Nine Inch Nails)
29:48 Hand That Feeds (Nine Inch Nails)
33:50 All In The Fam
38:50 Catching Fireflies
47:14 Wish I Knew You

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The Revivalists Hulaween 2016 by Richie Williams.

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