The Revival Tour, for those who don’t know, is an all acoustic collaboration led by Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan. It is a collaboration between punk-rock vets playing acoustic/ folk versions of some of their respective hits from their band/ solo works. This was the fourth incarnation of the tour and this year it featured: Chuck Ragan, Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio, In the Emergency Room), Tom Gabel (Against Me!), Joe Ginsberg & Cory Branan. Special guests for the evening were Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem, Horrible Crowes), Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) and Tim Barry (Avail).

With that many musicians , the stage often times seemed over-crowded but after the intro, each performer played a 20 minute acoustic set. Each performance flowed fluidly into each other as often times, others would join in during each performance.

There were a few highlights during the night. Tim Barry came off stage and had the audience help out for a few songs due to vocal trouble. During Tom Gabel’s set, I was sure a pit was going to open up as the crowd began to get pretty worked up during his set. Chuck Ragan had put on an amazing and really heartfelt performance and Brian Fallon breathed new life into Gaslight songs.

The showmanship and camaraderie that night was clearly evident between all performers. It just goes to prove that no matter how you play the song, if you’re able to connect with listeners, you will put on an amazing performance.

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