Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Revivalists Turn Up Funky Heat on Tuesday Night in Cleveland

Concert Review

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 12:47 PM

The Revivalists took the stage last night with promises to do a Tuesday night in Cleveland complete and utter justice. What they meant was: Friday nights in Brooklyn can kindly fuck off. This — the Beachland on a cold weekday night — is where rock 'n' roll thrives. (These show-opening comments called back the band's 2014 show in Cleveland.)

Singer David Shaw — hair a-bouncing — immediately got the crowd moving, launching into his unique blend of soulful, rapid-fire vocals.

Ed Williams' work on the pedal steel drew the crowd into a frenzy all night. And I honed in on George Gekas' bass playing throughout the set, which was both simple and enthralling — ideal for cutting up some dances on the Beachland's hardwood floor.

Midway through the set, the band threw down "Catching Fireflies," which had been buzzing around my head throughout the day. (Audio embedded below.) It's an incredible song, and it was a thrill to catch it live.

The Burning River Ramblers opened the show — a perfect fit with the NOLA headliner. I hadn't seen the Ramblers in a few years, though I frequented their shows in 2012 and 2013. They've still got that terrific sense of rhythm and dynamics. Guitarist Zach Catania lit up the stage with a handful of top-notch solos throughout their set. 

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 20, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation