Revelers | Szold Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader

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When: Fri., Aug. 2, 8:30 p.m. 2013

A new combo from Lafayette, Louisiana, comprising members of the Red Stick Ramblers and the Pine Leaf Boys, the Revelers open their recent self-titled debut with the rollicking Cajun-style original “Des Fois,” on which they sound like they’re carrying on the Beausoleil sound, albeit in a stripped-down form. But take in the whole album, and they make it clear that they’re after something else: their mixture of honky-tonk, R&B, zydeco, and rock ’n’ roll suggests Louisiana swamp pop, a peculiar fusion of bayou styles that peaked in the 60s with the likes of Jewel & the Rubies’ “Kidnapper” and Sam McClain’s “Jukebox Songs” (both of which the Revelers cover). The group’s own hooky tunes are almost as indelible as the classic stuff, and the record’s easygoing, lived-in feel prevents it from coming across like a labored revivalist exercise. Like so many Louisiana musicians, the Revelers seem to be connected to the past by a direct, unbroken line of descent, which makes the passage of decades seem almost irrelevant. —Peter Margasak

Price: $20, $18 for members

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