Dustbowl Revival Brings Americana Sounds To Socorro

Dustbowl Revival Brings Americana Sounds To Socorro

Eight-Piece Band Mixes Bluegrass, Old-Time Blues, Swing & New Orleans Jazz


SOCORRO, N.M. – The Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members — and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional Americana music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. They cover many genres, including bluegrass, swing, hot jazz, pre-war blues, Southern soul and New Orleans funk.

The L.A.-based band will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Macey Center, as part of the Performing Arts Series at New Mexico Tech.  


The Dustbowl Revival is a great up-and-coming Americana band. They'll take the stage at Macey Center on Friday, Nov. 18.


The performance was planned to coincide with the annual Festival of the Cranes at nearby Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, an event that for over two decades has drawn hundreds of visitors to the area.

Before the concert, Tech Club Macey is open to members ($5) and guests ($10), 21 and older, with a special “Mardi Gras November” mini-dinner preceding the performance from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  On the menu is chicken and andouille gumbo, rice, King’s Cake, and hurricanes for the libation special.

Also preceding the concert, at 6 p.m., is an art reception for the opening of the Belen Art League Exhibition in the Macey Center upper lobby gallery.

The Dustbowl Revival isn’t a throwback band. It’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and rooted in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap.

The band includes Z. Lupetin on guitar and vocals, Liz Beebe on vocals, washboard, and ukulele; Daniel Mark on mandolin; Connor Vance on fiddle; Matt Rubin on trumpet; Ulf bjorlin on trombone; James Koopfleish on bass; and Joshlyn Heffernan on drums.

Dustbowl does its best work onstage. They’ve played dive bars, saloons and theaters, front porches and festivals. To watch them onstage is to take part in an evolving conversation between an orchestra and audience. The horns blast, the fiddle and mandolin swoon, and the howling vocals — which Lupetin shares with Liz Beebe — rattle off stories about preachers, drinkers, lovers, and holy rollers. The crowd is encouraged to participate, of course … and the crowd often does during “With A Lampshade On,” whether it’s singing along during the call-and-response verses of 1930s drinking song “Whiskey in the Well” or shouting their approval during Beebe’s bawdy, ballsy original “Doubling Down on You.”


The band with their adoring fans at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.


That unique middle ground — the place where jazz, folk, gospel and blues all intersect — is where Dustbowl shines brightest. Dustbowl Revival isn’t just paying tribute to the sounds of decades long sine past. Rather, the band is participating in the evolution of American roots music, tipping a hat to what’s come before while looking ahead to what’s on the horizon.

The band has been touring and playing more than 200 gigs a year for the past four years. They’ve opened up for a diverse list of acts, including Trombone Shorty, Lake Street Drive and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. They’ve headlined festivals such as Delfest, Floydfest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and recently Bergenfest (Norway) and Tonderfest (Denmark).

The band released its first album in 2010, “You Can’t Go Back to the Garden of Eden.” From that album, the song “Marching On” was featured on an episode of “American Idol.” The band followed up in 2011 with a super EP titled “Holy Ghost Station” and the full-length “Carry Me Home” in 2013. The band released its first live album in 2013, “With a Lampshade On.”

After two years away from the studio, the Dustbowl Revival is sharing its first two tracks from their forthcoming new record. “Busted,” with the b-side “Only One” – and all the band’s music – can be heard at their website, www.dustbowlrevival.com/music


A publicity shot from The Dustbowl Revival.


The new album is being produced by Grammy Award-winner and Flogging Molly co-founder Ted Hutt. The new sounds signal a striking departure from their fun-loving, raucous old-time past and has the band mixing their unique eight-piece instrumentation into realms of hard soul, funk and the emotional, introspective folk reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin’s harmony-drenched 1970’s output.

Tickets cost $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $8 for youth, and FREE to Tech students with a valid ID. Tickets are available online at www.nmtpas.org, or at the Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, Sofia’s Kitchen Drive-up, or at the door. Students with a valid ID can pick up their free tickets at the NMT Bookstore.

Sponsors for this event are the City of Socorro, the NMT SGA, Blue Corn Music, Nusenda Credit Union, Don and Rosie Tripp, Penny and Jim Lommen, Socorro Springs, KUNM radio and Best Western hotel.

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