The word of the day for today’s show is “big.”
Big bands with big sounds. In a big venue. Playing a big concert’s after-party, presented by a bigly named promoter.
The show is happening at the Beauty Ballroom on Riverside Drive and is presented by Giant Steps Productions. If you’re coming from the Dropkick Murphys concert up the block, show your Emo’s stamp at the door and get five bucks off the $8 cover charge.
East Cameron Folkcore is your headliner for the night. It’s a productive time for the 10-piece folk-rock powerhouse: In addition to being named a South by Southwest showcasing artist, the band this week announced a May release date for its sophomore album, The Sun Also Rises. To celebrate, the band dropped a new single, “Stupid Bird,” today. Both the title track and the single’s B-side, “Sheep Staring at a Gun,” flawlessly showcase the band’s beer-soaked folkestrations, riotous energy and righteous fury.
The night’s co-headliner, The Noise Revival Orchestra, offers a more soothing and mellow counterpoint to Folkcore’s grizzled sound. The acoustic-pop orchestra once featured between 13 to 17 live members, but has trimmed its way into a vibrant and vital eight-piece. Cello, fiddle, harp, piano, flute and acoustic guitar come together to soar and create memorable anthemic pop-rock moments. And with lyrics like, “I won’t ask for much, just the feel of your touch,” it’s easy to fall in love with the Orchestra’s earnest songwriting.
Frank Smith—who are a band, not a man—are also on the bill. The sextet has undeniable Southern twang, but songwriter Aaron Sinclair’s melancholic touch and knack for big hooks keeps Frank Smith unclassifiable, landing the band somewhere between country-rock and post-punk. But neither of those labels do justice to their haunted yet uplifting sound. Opening the show is alt-country duo Mayeux and Broussard, whose live sound is filled out by drums, bass and lap steel.