Words by Audra Tracy | Photo by Joe Papeo
Less than two years ago, a little band from New Orleans called The Revivalists played a little venue in Asbury Park called the Wonder Bar. They had recently released their fourth album, Men Amongst Mountains, and they were spreading their catchy-as-hell sound across the country, one tiny rock club at a time.
Now, with the help of their current hit song, “Wish I Knew You”, the seven-piece is moving on up Ocean Ave., and right to the legendary Stone Pony Summer Stage. Like The Little Engine That Could, these NOLA boys have chugged and chugged their way to headliner status – and no band deserves it more. As tireless road warriors, they’ve humbly climbed the ranks from bar band to the top of the alt-rock charts.
On this evening, Jersey local Quincy Mumford started things off before Austin buzz band White Denim lured the crowd in close with rousing jams like “Holda You (I’m Psycho)” and “I Start To Run”. The air was cool, the vibe was loose, and fans were ready to get the parking lot party started.
Night fell on Asbury Park and The Revivalists emerged, summoning their crowd to ‘get down’ from the get-go with the opening smoker, “Stand Up”. The band seemed to feel right at home on the Summer Stage as they dug deep into the set, which featured the cement-shaking “Criminal”, heart-melting “Catching Fireflies”, and of course, an obligatory Springsteen cover – “Glory Days.” Then, these lovable roots rockers closed their big-time show with one of the biggest songs of the summer.
Standing there at Summer Stage, in the middle of a jam-packed crowd of elated fans, is when it really hits you – The Revivalists are officially becoming a household name. And it’s everything beautiful.
You and I
All In The Family
It Was A Sin
Glory Days (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Wish I Knew You
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