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A Celebration of The Band
January 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Two acclaimed Americana groups — Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown will perform songs from The Band’s first two releases along with original music on a West Coast tour that will kick off at the Kay Meek Arts Centre.
Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown will take a fresh approach to pay tribute to its musical heroes on this joint tour. To salute the hugely influential first two albums by The Band, these two groups – each highly-regarded in its own right – will be playing select songs from Music from Big Pink (1968) and the self-titled The Band (1969).
As Hot Club of Cowtown’s Elana James explains: “This isn’t strictly a “tribute” show. It is more a testament to the timelessness and broad influence of The Band’s songs. It is a way to weave our own material through them and let that resonate.”
Dustbowl Revival’s founder Z. Lupetin adds that its own songs will be linked “rhythmically or spiritually” with The Band tunes and each group will perform individually and together.
When it comes to explaining The Band’s appeal for these artists, both Lupetin and James point to the alchemy that is both funky and soulful, while the songwriting tells stories that are deeply spiritual but cloaked in the grittiness of everyday images. Lupetin, whose love for The Band began as a kid when he would listen to his dad’s albums, says that The Band’s influence is essentially a “subconscious godfather band to Dustbowl.” James, to be clear, wants faithful Hot Club fans to know that these shows are not its normal fare; however, she says, learning these songs has made Hot Club stretch and grow, along with acknowledging some of the more modern influences on American roots music.
Both Hot Club of Cowtown and Dustbowl Revival have plans to release new albums in 2019, with Hot Club’s seven-track EP of The Band songs, Crossing the Great Divide, coming out next month and a full-length album to follow later in the year.