Venice, Calif.-based roots collective, Dustbowl Revival will bring their blend of old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and 1930s style hot swing to Grass Valley Saturday.
Known for their inspired live sets, the Dustbowl Revival brings together many styles of traditional American music. Notable performances include Mountain Song at Sea, Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco Old Time Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle and KCRW Masquerade. It’s a sound that mixes influences of: Old Crow Medicine Show, Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven Band in New Orleans, Bob Dylan, Fats Waller and Mumford & Sons. The band will perform at 8 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in one of their “low dough shows” — tickets are $12 for members of the Center and $15 for the general public.
In the past two years, Dustbowl Revival has played hundreds of shows up and down the West Coast. The small string band has blossomed into a traveling collective featuring the instrumentation of fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, banjo, accordion, tuba, pedal steel, drums, guitar, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica, washboard and kazoo.
Dustbowl Revival released their first recording, “You Can’t Go Back To The Garden of Eden” to rave reviews. Their tune “Dan’s Jam,” received Americana Song Of The Year honors by the Independent Music Awards with Tom Waits and Ozzy Osbourne judging. The group has placed songs in several independent films and TV projects including “Made In China” and an episode of American Idol.
During the last two years Dustbowl Revival has played with: The Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz band, Trombone Shorty, Best Coast, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers. They have hosted shows in Chicago, Seattle, New York, Nashville, Chicago, Anchorage and San Diego.
Their 2013 album, “Carry Me Home” produced by Eric Lilavois is rising on the folk charts. The record merges the band’s vintage style with a hip, lose-your-troubles-and-start-moving vibe. The record also comes in blue vinyl.
Tickets are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384 ext. 14, online at www.thecenterforthearts.org or at BriarPatch Co-op.