It's pretty much impossible to pigeonhole New Orleans-based band the Revivalists into any one genre, because their music is truly a fusion -- a delicious mix of rock, soul, funk and jazz with a dash of reggae and even hip-hop thrown in.
Every year I head to Lafayette, La. for an international spring festival with little or no idea of the bands I will see. The quality of musical performers is outstanding, and I find one or two bands that become a favorite that I place on my future "must see" list.
The stage of the Old Rock House was flush with microphones, creating a fence of stands along the front edge as the early-bird patrons picked out a table, a drink and a bite to eat before the show.
In the green space of Strauss Park that looks out on the Fox Theatre, Funky Butt Brass Band set up for a rendition of the traditional song "Just a Closer Walk with Thee."
We met St. Louis' Funky Butt Brass Band in the Grandel Theatre and congregated in the upstairs chapel area.