Dustbowl Revival

Dustbowl Revival (10:00 PM)

Leftover Cuties (9:00 PM)

Thu, December 4, 2014

8:00 pm


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Dustbowl Revival - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Dustbowl Revival
The Dustbowl Revival is an Americana Soul band with eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music, into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. Dustbowl is touring behind their self-titled, fourth studio album which spent three weeks on Billboard charts, hit #1 on Amazon Americana-Alt-Country, #2 on Amazon Folk, and spent 16 weeks on the Americana radio chart peaking in the Top 20.

The band was founded in 2008 in the bohemian enclave of Venice Beach, California. Over the last five years Dustbowl has become known for their free-flowing and joyous live shows, combining their funk rhythm and brass section with a fast-picking string band section - opening for bands as diverse as Lake Street Dive, Trombone Shorty and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, touring China as a guest of the state department and headlining festivals like Delfest, Floydfest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and recently Bergenfest (Norway) and Tonder Festival (Denmark). The band received a big wave of attention with their music video that featured famous actor Dick Van Dyke for "Never Had to Go", which garnered over 10 million cumulative views. That video is now airing in an HBO Doc titled "If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast" starring Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks, and Dick Van Dyke.

While the band has been known for their old-time and bluegrass roots, they have departed from those styles and evolved more into modern soul music. Now, with Producer Grammy Award-winning Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys) who collaborated on the recent album, Dustbowl Revival brings it on, in the good company of neo-Soul contemporaries such as Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and St. Paul & The Broken Bones. The album delivers eleven hot tracks, dominated by love-triangle funk & soul, tenderized with a nod to the unlikely possibility of true love – i.e. "Honey I Love You", with Grammy Award-winning blues artist Keb’ Mo’ sitting in.

This exhilarating new sound jumps out on the album’s opening tracks, “Call My Name” and “If You Could See Me Now.” Drummer Joshlyn Heffernan and bassist James Klopfleisch lay down a righteous groove that trumpeter Matt Rubin and trombonist Ulf Bjorlin supercharge with their big blasts of horns. This Stax-style soul builds to a pair of showstoppers: “Good Egg” and “The Story.” The former is a dynamic number that showcases Liz Beebe’s sexy, full-throttled vocals as well as Bjorlin’s dirty trombone solo. On “The Story,” Beebe teams with band founder Zach Lupetin for an emotionally charged love song that features some infectious interplay between the horn players and the string-men (mandolinist Daniel Mark and fiddler Connor Vance).
From an Outside Lands Music Festival review, Rob Sheffield, in Rolling Stone, hailed them as a great band “whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.”
Leftover Cuties - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Leftover Cuties
As with any true troubadours, love makes Leftover Cuties’ world go ‘round. On the band’s shining second album the Spark & the Fire love makes the heart sing, soar and ache…usually in the same song.

Leftover Cuties – Shirli McAllen (lead vocals, ukulele), Austin Nicholsen (bass, vocals), Mike Bolger (brass, keys, accordion, vocals ) and Stuart Johnson (drums, percussion, vocals) – have sparked a fire with music lovers with a timeless jazz-tinged sound, combining sultry vocals, pop-perfect songwriting, and seasoned musicianship. Their spellbinding first album “Places to Go” won raves from critics. Their impeccable and atmospheric live performances draw ever-growing and increasingly passionate crowds in the clubs and cabarets of their hometown Los Angeles. A string of impressive licensing placements has won them fans the world over. Among those big spots: the theme for the Showtime series “The Big C” and an ad for Samsung that aired over and over (and over and over…) during the 2012 Olympics, generating more than 3 million YouTube views!

It all signals the start of something big for the Cuties.

“The title of the album stands for that yearning to hold on to the beginning of things,” says McAllen. “The part where everything feels new and pure, where there’s excitement and promise of great things to come.”

the Spark & the Fire fulfills that promise, and builds on that momentum with more delectable, intelligent pop concoctions delivered with honest and emotionally candid lyrics. Their supple and handcrafted sound has risen to a new level of (seemingly) effortless interplay. Co- produced by multiple Grammy-winner Dave Way (Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Macy Gray), the collection is highlighted by the foot-stomping anthem “One Heart” (wherein McAllen ponders ““Another strike, another ache / How much hurt can one take? How many times can one heart break?”) and the tender ballad “Clarity.”

“I think we all wonder about that when we get a good beating,” she says. “The last couple of years have been quite emotional for me. As a result, I had a lot more to say in this record from a personal point of view.”

Like many second albums, the creation of the Spark & the Fire was a difficult process, McAllen says. “I think we all came into it with big expectations, and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. Sometimes that can get in the way, but we managed to rise above and make something we’re really proud of.”

Now it’s time to get to know the band behind all of those songs you keep hearing in those ads on TV. This year, Leftover Cuties embark on a full-scale North American tour, taking their new songs to new cities and making new fans.

Onstage, on television and on laptops the world over, Leftover Cuties are heating up. From a spark to a fire….
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change