The Revivalists

New Orleans, LA, @TheRevivalists

How far will you travel to get here?
We’ll be driving 1200 miles directly from DeLuna Fest in Pensacola, FL. It’s going to be great to have the beach one day and then the mid-October autumn in NYC the next.

What’s your favorite NYC venue/snack joint/bar?
As a band we owe a lot to the Allman Brothers’ iconic shows at the Beacon Theatre. Growing up in and around NYC those shows had a big impact on Ed, Zack and George. Amongst other things, our desire to create an ever-evolving live show stems back to the Beacon Theatre. As far as snack joints go, Ed has gotten us addicted to Papaya King on 86th, two blocks from where he grew up. New Orleans has a lot of great food, but there’s nothing quite like a Papaya King Chili Cheese Dog.

Which other artists are you looking forward to seeing?
We’re really looking forward to catching Portugal, The Man, Talib Kweli, and maybe get a little barbecue from our fellow New Orleanian, Kermit Ruffins.

If you could be any type of sandwich what would you be and why?
If the Revivalists could be any type of sandwich, it’d have to be the Z Man Sandwich from Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City. In our travels we’ve had many a great sandwich (Portuguese Burger from World Cafe Live in Philly R.I.P.) but the Z Man really embodies the Revivalists spirit. Thinly sliced beef brisket, smoked provolone cheese, topped with onion rings. At its core it’s an American BBQ sandwich done right, but with a twist. At our core we’re a rock band that aspires to be “done right” with a focus on musicianship as well as songwriting, then we add a little twist that reflects our New Orleans roots. Plus, come on—it’s a sandwich topped with onion rings!

The Revivalists plays Spike Hill on Tuesday, October 18 as part of the Engine Room showcase.