Bluegrass, Swing, Hot jazz, Pre-war blues, Southern soul, New Orleans funk — the Dustbowl Revival is an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members — and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes fresh fire from familiar coal. But this isn’t a throwback band; it’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and rooted in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap. Their latest album, With A Lampshade On shines brightest in that middle ground, the place where jazz, folk, gospel, and blues all intersect. This is a band that is participating in the evolution of American roots music, tipping a hat to what has come before while looking ahead to what’s on the horizon.
The Dustbowl Revival has been on an extensive tour crossing the country and will be making a stop in Portland for one night at the Doug Fir Lounge on Monday, May 2. This 21 & over show will begin at 9:00 pm with an opening set from Portland’s own story-telling roots artist McDougall. Tickets are available in advance for $10.00 and $12.00 at ticketfly.com. The Doug Fir Lounge is located at 830 E Burnside.