The Revelers to come to the Community Concert Hall Nov. 17

Photo courtesy Community Concert Hall
Louisiana super group The Revelers will bring a mix of swamp-pop, Cajun, country, blues and zydeco music to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The dance floor will be open.

By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
Louisiana super group The Revelers will bring a mix of swamp-pop, Cajun, country, blues and zydeco music to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. The dance floor will be open.
As a band, The Revelers was birthed by founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers (RSR) and The Pine Leaf Boys, called “unquestionably the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance.”
Longtime fans of RSR may notice the similarity with The Revelers: the powerful singing and songwriting of Chas Justus and Eric Frey, a mix of traditional Cajun and zydeco dance music, some of the swing that was a strong focus of early RSR, the magical rhythm section of Glenn Fields and Frey, and impressive musical virtuosity across the board.
Add to the mix the crooning vocals of Fields and the singing/songwriting of Blake Miller (founding member of the Pine Leaf Boys and unarguably the most prolific French songwriter currently coming out of Louisiana), the tightly arranged section of sax-fiddle-accordion, and it completes The Revelers’ picture.
The depth of the band has continued to develop from digging deeper into the dance hall traditions of Southwest Louisiana and emerging with an arsenal they call “Louisiana Jukebox Music.” Critics have attempted to categorize the music, but the culture of Southwest Louisiana has evolved in a unique way, and The Revelers embrace the traditional, adding their originality, for a unique sound and cohesive performance.
As individuals, the band members are each in high demand, having performed and recorded with T-Bone Burnett, Natalie Merchant, Linda Ronstadt, Preston Frank, the Duhks, Cedric Watson, Tim O’Brien and more.
Sample The Revelers sound and performance at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fmJUtbJEXc.
Tickets for The Revelers ($27/$37) are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com, by calling 247-7657 or by visiting the ticket office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th Street and Main Avenue in downtown Durango. Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. Posted ticket prices include applicable service charges. All sales are final.

This story was posted on November 8, 2018.