Live Review: David Shaw @ Union Stage — 12/18/21

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David Shaw brings the heat to the Union Stage on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. (Photo by David LaMason)

In the nearly two years of no live music, the act of witnessing someone who has a mastery of the stage puts everything into perspective. The importance of live music and the strength of what an artist can make you feel in that moment which makes what could be lost all the more tangible. Watching David Shaw, singer for the band The Revivalists, performing the final show of his debut solo album release at the Union Stage Saturday night I couldn’t help but think how vital live music is to -– if anything -– the emotional strength of so many.

Produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, Solange, Valerie June, St Paul and the Broken Bones), Shaw’s self-titled debut is filled with personal songs but ones that can make you move. And on a chilly Saturday night, David Shaw and his band did just that — got things moving — at Union Stage in DC.

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Preview: David Shaw (Of The Revivalists) @ Union Stage, 12/18/21

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David Shaw (Photo by Alysse Gafkjen)

The Revivalists frontman David Shaw stops at Union Stage on Saturday, Dec. 18, to perform songs from his new solo album!

Earlier this year, David released his debut self-titled solo album, available via his own imprint Yokoko Records in partnership with C3 Records, and it’s “full of songs that tell stories with a full heart and a dance-able beat,” said NPR World Café.

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Preview: Save Our Stages Festival @ YouTube, 10/16-10/18/20

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Foo Fighters (Photo by Brantley Gutierrez)

YouTube Music and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) today announce Save Our Stages Festival, #SOSFEST, a three-day virtual music festival featuring all original content on Friday, Oct. 16, through Sunday, Oct. 18, via NIVA’s YouTube channel.

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Live Review: DC 101 Kerfuffle w/ Greta Van Fleet • Young The Giant • The Revivalists @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 5/19/19

DC101 KERFUFFLE - Greta Van FleetGreta Van Fleet kills it at Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Chester Simpson)

A friend’s college-aged son, Patch, asked me a year ago if I had heard of this new band, Greta Van Fleet?

No, I hadn’t, and who where they? He pulled up their video on his phone and showed me. I proceeded to watch in amazement as these young kids performed their music. I was equally as amazed when I saw them headline the DC101 Kerfuffle at Merriweather Post Pavilion recently.

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Preview: DC101 Kerfuffle @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 5/19/19

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Greta Van Fleet (left to right: Danny Wagner, Jake Kiszka, Josh Kiszka, Sam Kiszka) (Photo by Travis Shinn)

A “kerfuffle” is a commotion or fuss. Surely, local DC101 was thinking of something similarly disorganized when it lifted the name for its annual concert jamboree. That said, the DC101 Kerfuffle at Merriweather Post Pavilion will likely run like a well-oiled machine on Sunday, May 19, considering the high caliber of the bands performing — Greta Van Fleet, Young the Giant, The Revivalists, Tom Morello, SHAED, and The Blue Stones!

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Music Park: The Revivalists @ Wolf Trap — 8/19/18

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David Shaw of The Revivalists shares a moment with a fan at Wolf Trap on Aug. 19, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Every Sunday, around sunset, my emotional slide into a pre-work week slump begins, but not this past weekend. This Sunday, I took a trip to the Filene Center at Wolf Trap to catch The Revivalists. The 8-piece band from New Orleans provided a heavy dose of high-energy alt-rock that was the perfect cure for the Sunday blues.

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