The Dustbowl Revival

Western Reserve Folk Arts Assoc. presents

The Dustbowl Revival

Doc Robinson

Tue, February 13, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


The Dustbowl Revival
The Dustbowl Revival
“In a city like Los Angeles, home to musical stars in nearly every known genre, handing out the Best Live Band title is not easy. But the free-thinking local collective Dustbowl Revival's upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear.” — LA WEEKLY

"Americana swing that was so fun I went back to see them again the next day." — ROLLING STONE

“...evokes a Depression-era sensibility redolent of John Steinbeck, and the spirit-raising gospel of the American South.” — BOSTON GLOBE

The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It’s infectious, joyous music - a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.

Named "Best Live Band in LA" by The LA Weekly, each Dustbowl performance promises to be a white-knuckle ride through the history of American folk music that rarely stays just on the stage. Call it the new old-timey dance hall sound made fresh by some of the best soloists in the business. After placing several songs on ABC and Fox and having tunes featured in independent films like "Made In China" (winner of SXSW) winning Americana song of the year from the Independent Music Awards (Tom Waits judging), playing festivals like Outside Lands and Live Oak and opening for bands like Rebirth Brass Band, Lake Street Dive, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty, the band began barnstorming more extensively across the USA.

Founder Z. Lupetin came west from Chicago and placed a humble Craigslist ad to get the circus started. The group has grown steadily from a small string band playing up and down the west coast, into a traveling mini orchestra featuring instrumentation that often includes fiddle, mandolin, trombone, clarinet, trumpet, ukelele, drums, tuba, organ, a bass made from a canoe oar, harmonica and plenty of washboard and kazoo for good luck.

With their latest record Carry Me Home rising on the Americana charts, the band is slated for a big 2014. A European tour is in the works. They will be recording their first live album at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall and LA's famed Troubadour and have toured the Midwest and East coast.
Doc Robinson
Doc Robinson
Doc Robinson is an indie pop exploration of old school swagger; Motown soul meets contemporary alternative. Fronted by Jon Elliott of The Floorwalkers and Nick D'Andrea of Nick D' and The Believers, the ever-evolving outfit features an ongoing rotation of Columbus, Ohio's best players.

Doc Robinson worked with Mike Landolt (Maroon 5, OAR, Spin Doctors) to produce their debut EP Golden Daze, released in November 2016. The release earned enthusiastic attention from local tastemakers, early praise from blogs and opening slots for indie favorites including Rainbow Kitten Surprise and CAAMP.

When longtime friends and new collaborators, Elliott and D'Andrea, entered their first partner songwriting session, a shared love for narrative and natural knack for soulful melodies spurred a prolific outpouring of tunes. The pair recognized this compatibility and called upon creatives in local company to complete the project. Members of Mojoflo, Forest and The Evergreens, George Barrie Band, Hebdo, New Thousand and many more continuously contribute to the collective.

"Like everything we've done so far this album truly took a village," says Doc Robinson. "It was a community project from start to finish, with all our musical brethren pitching in and sharing their talents to color in our crude sketches and create a tapestry that reflects a little bit of all of our experiences."

Doc Robinson released it’s debut full-length LP Deep End on July 22, 2017.
Venue Information:
The Kent Stage
175 East Main
Kent, OH, 44240