The Revivalists made their way home to New Orleans last night, of course, during the most wonderful time of year. The septet hosted Vulfpeck and The Soul Rebels for an evening full of Jazz Fest’s finest fans, friends, and family. With plenty of cross collaborations, the spirit was very much alive in the The Orpheum Theatre.Catapulting off the high energy of The Soul Rebels’ set, Vulfpeck trotted on with a “Funky Duck” into “Outro” opener, welcoming The Rebels’ funk-electrifying horn section to the stage. Their arrival immediately infected everyone in the room with an upbeat, pip-in-the-step, smile-across-the-face, contagious head-bopping energy that Vulfpeck’s music just so happens to provide.When The Revivalists took the stage, the room huddled close for the home team and were immediately satisfied with a Prince cover to start the night off right. The band has been covering the Purple One since Halloween, but last night’s performance particularly struck a chord with the audience. “When Doves Cry” was an appropriate opener, as it lead straight into a heavy “All In The Family” > “Bulletproof” jam-infused rocker. Snarky Puppy’s Nate Werth took off on percussion, adding a distinctly fulfilling presence throughout the rest of the set. The room was treated to an “Amber” “Fade Away” medley, which transitioned into an ever-inspirational “Keep Going” sing-a-long. A heart-pounding, old-school “Upright” smacked the audience with another song from the new album, “Gold To Glass,” as the New Orleans natives brought the audience even higher with a “Stand Up” scorcher.In light of 2016’s most devastating passes, David Bowie, too, was honored last night with an epic “Fame” cover. The dance party continued into three of their most adored tunes, “Criminal,” “Fireflies,” and “Soulfight,” which featured Bobby Lee Rodgers on guitar. The guitar-work between Rodgers and Zack Feinberg impressively brought the set to an end, with spirits and energies at an all time high. As the band exited the stage after an incredibly powerful set, the room held tight knowing full well they’d be back with more.The Revivalists’ Guide To Surviving Jazz FestKeyboardist Michael Girardot and frontman David Shaw returned to the stage for an emotional “Men Amongst Mountains” performance. With the crowd in the palm of his hands, Shaw extended his vocals to a new world, leaving the room breathless before delivering their newest single, “Wish I Knew You.” The dance-heavy tune brought a new aura to the room, as the crowd chanted, “wish I knew you when I was young, we could’ve got so high!” in the arms of their dancing fellow loved ones.Like “two strangers in the bright lights,” Shaw asked for the stage to go completely purple before bringing one last tribute to Prince, an ever-appropriate “Purple Rain.” The crowd came in close for the last time, as the evening closed on a perfect note.The Revivalists’ Rob Ingraham Goes Hilariously In-Depth About TODAY Show ExperienceThe nods to the fallen stars deepened the intimacy of last night’s show, carrying an irreplaceable light that extended deep into the night. Thanks to dedicated fan Todd Neal, you can watch some highlights from The Revivalists performance below:“When Doves Cry” “Purple Rain”“Fame”“Amber”“Upright”“Criminal”“Men Amongst Mountains”Later in the evening, or morning, Shaw made his way over to the Blue Nile and played with fellow New Orleans band, Naughty Professor. They performed a new, unreleased song, “Stray (So What),” which Shaw wrote and produced with the band, hopefully to be included in their highly-anticipated upcoming album. Check it out:The Revivalists @ The Orpheum 4/23/16:When Doves Cry, All In The Family, Bulletproof, Amber, Fade Away, Keep Going, Upright, Gold To Glass, Stand Up, It Was A Sin, Need You, Fame, Criminal, Fireflies, SoulfightE: Men Against Mountains, Wish I Knew You, Purple Rain[Photos courtesy of Josh Timmermans]
It has been evident for some time that there would be something serious at stake on Sunday as the Glo Premier League reaches the final day with the title destination still undecided.The title charge is dominating the last day of matches as the Ghana league rounds up a long and busy league competition.The final day matches will wrap up a total of 480 matches involving 16 sides with three going on relegation and the title probably heading to Kumasi or Berekum when the curtain is drawn for the 2012-13 season.Asante Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea are involved in the title run-in as both teams remain level on points and are perched at the top of the table.Either side is aware that the last day would decide their seasons as expectation for the title swirls across the country.If either manages to win, then the chase for the title will be prolonged as a play-off rule will be invoked – both teams will play a one-off match – to decide where the trophy heads to. Kotoko will arrive at the Tema Stadium in a buoyant but cautious mood in their meeting against Amidaus Professionals. The Porcupine Warriors are aware what is at stake likewise their opponents, Amidaus, who could play a crucial role in denying Kotoko the title.Whiles Kotoko battle it out in Tema, Chelsea will be up against another tough opposition, Heart of Lions in Kpando.Lions are mired in the relegation battle on the final day and will need a win over title chasers, Chelsea to guarantee safety.Whichever side slips means that the title could be heading the opposite way.Though the focus is on the top-of-the-table meetings, the push for top-four places and the struggle to avoid the drop means there will be drama at all centres. Tema Youth, involved the battle to beat the drop will be looking for a crucial win at the Accra Sports Stadium where they play Hearts of Oak, who are chasing a top-four finish.Berekum Arsenal, sitting second from bottom but with an equal chance of avoiding the drop if they win and Tema Youth and Heart of Lions both lose will turn up at the Essipong Stadium as they serve a home ban to take on Dwarfs, another top-four contender.The Tamale Stadium will serve as the home ground of Aduana Stars, who will complete their two-match home ban after Sunday when they play Wa All Stars.Medeama after blowing the chance to be part of the title chase will try to aim for second place when they complete the season with a home game against New Edubiase at the T&A Park.At the Baba Yara Stadium, King Faisal will host Liberty Professionals. Already relegated, Real Tamale United, who are winless and only this week were ducked three points from their point accumulation to leave them with only 2 points after fielding an unqualified player in a league game will travel to the Len Clay Stadium to play AshantiGold.It promises to a be spectacular finish in yet another competitive season of Premier League football.