Summer begins to heat up with a visit from Louisiana…South Louisiana on Saturday, May 31st at the Earlville Opera House. The wild and wonderful music of The Revelers is Cajun and Zydeco with a bit of Honky Tonk Swing thrown in. What makes the Revelers so much fun is the addition of the drums, horns and bass to the traditional mix of accordion, guitar, and fiddle.
The band includes Blake Miller on accordion, Chas Justus on guitar, Daniel Coolik on fiddle, Eric Frey on bass, Glenn Fields on drums. Sitting in on tenor sax is The Chris Miller. As a group they play with a sense of empathy and depth that can only be fostered after years of making music together.
The Revelers were formed from the founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys… “unquestionably the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance. Together they’ve formed a Louisiana Supergroup, which combines all of the best music out of Southwest Louisiana: Swamp-Pop, Cajun, Country, Blues and Zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music.
Band members were featured in both Season 3 and Season 4 of the HBO series “Treme.” Blake Leyh, the music supervisor for HBO’s “Treme” said this about their last recording: “If this record doesn’t make get up and dance… If it doesn’t teach you something about life…And if it does not, at any point, bring a tear to your eye? Then you must have a malfunctioning tear duct or a heart of stone. Whipsmart songwriting, outrageous musical chops, and cutting-edge production have made this record a fixture on my stereo. I cannot stop listening to it. It’s not easy to create something brand-new and forward thinking which also lives smack-dab in the middle of history and acknowledges its roots. But The Revelers have done all that and more. I give this my highest possible recommendation.”
You Tubes to Sample + the Revelers’ website has a great selection of tunes
The Revelers: Live @ Bluemoon, MardiGras Weekend shows off their traditional Cajun chops – folks are having too much fun!
“The Revelers are master musicians who love the music they play. Their infectious enthusiasm for the music and the culture is an inspiration to all.” Jay Ungar
Memorial Day is here and it is now officially summer time. Heat up your summer with The Revelers (whose name means to take great pleasure or delight) on Saturday, May 31st! Showtime is 8 pm. Tickets are available online or by calling EOH at $22, $20 EOH members, $17 students. Premium seating in the first 4 rows is an added $5-10. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.
During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists as well as the homemade desserts in the EOH Arts Café! Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.