It was a dark and stormy night, but, by looking at the herds of people standing outside waiting and the zillions of them inside, you'd think it was just a normal dry Saturday evening. Like so many others, rain didn't stop my fellow writer friend and me from partaking in jamming to one of our favorite bands. The spectators were drenched as we watched equal patrons attempting to dry themselves and grab a beer simultaneously.
The crowd in the world famous Tipitina's was very dense, but somehow we managed to squeeze our way into the pit and get a closer look at the dynamic voice we heard coming from the stage. The singer was sexy and electric, with a voice that was strong and soulful; it was like a modern Janis Joplin with a country twist.
Preceding local favorite The Revivalists, her name is Nicki and her band isNicki Bluhmand the Gramblers. The San Francisco Native was nothing short of exhilarating on stage. The crowd loved her performance as she intermingled her sultry style with the rugged rifts of a rock/country-soul and blues singer all intertwined.
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers set the pace for The Revivalists, who followed their performance remarkably. They blended their new songs with their old as lead singer David Shaw drew in the crowd with his rock-star stage acrobats and his charming voice.
I've seen them perform a number of times from The Jazz and Heritage Festival to Hogs for the Cause, and have yet to be bored or disappointed. Like all of their performances, this one was unique, bluesy, and immensely entertaining. And, boy, did the ladies go crazy for them!
Both Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers and The Revivalists rocked the house at the world famous Tipitina's on a very rainy Saturday night. As the rain thundered outside, the crowd inside of the building roared louder, pleased by both performers and happy to be enjoying music in the city of sound.