Revoltaire at The Belly Up – Concert Review


Revoltaire uncorked their 40 minute set Sunday night at The Belly Up with “Black Water,” the deep soul groove shaker from their self-entitled first album. With no desire to waste a moment of their opening slot’s time limit, the band came out with a big, bold, loud statement. With his drum set pushed up front stage right, Chris Cano’s bombastic drumming created a full frontal assault on the ears. His aggressive, loud, intense patterns and fills gave Revoltaire’s sound a John Bonham-like back beat. Combine that with some good, hard, funky rock bass lines by Shawn Davis and the keyboard and guitar antics of Jason Yates and you have an extremely powerful threesome. Add in the wall-shaking vocal range of lead singer Ruby Stewart and you get a well-rounded, psychedelic blues rock package.

I love it when I go to a show and only a few people are up front by the stage when the opening act first comes on. But the minute they start playing, people are drawn to the stage like zombies with their mouths dropped in shock. Especially when Ruby Stewart opens her mouth and lets loose a freight train of gut rattling emotion. Her vocals bring people out of their seats. Ruby, with her small, unassuming frame, holds nothing back as she packs everything she has into each note. Wildly swinging her hair, stalking the stage, pushing her band along, Ruby is one polarizing singer. She also has a nice back and forth with the band, urging them to dig in deeper, playing off their groove, and elevating her performance when the song calls for it. Forty minutes of Revoltaire live was definitely not enough. The closing number “Pretty Girls Dig Graves” was so powerful, raising the emotion between band and crowd, that people were left begging for more. Ruby and the band apologized for the time constraint before leaving the stage to a frenzy of applause.

4 Responses to Revoltaire at The Belly Up – Concert Review
  1. Kelly Emberg
    April 14, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    I was there and the review is accurate! They blew the roof off the Belly Up. I love Revoltaire and they somehow get better every time I see them. I don’t know how because they are always great!!!!! Rubys vocals were exceptional.

  2. Brian
    January 31, 2012 | 7:09 pm

    Save my spot up front

  3. Kelly Emberg
    January 29, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    Great concert and I will follow them where ever they play! Perfect review. I couldn’t have said it better. It took me right back to the Belly Up!

  4. Nicole {C.F.L.}
    January 28, 2012 | 7:50 pm

    We LOVE Revoltaire Band! They rocked it Sunday night. We can’t wait to go back and see them soon, I hope! It was a great show, we also noticed everyone migrating to the stage, jaws dropped, but hips moving to the tune! :)

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