Please welcome Dirty Revival to the Spring Festival lineup. "Big, gritty, and honest. Our sound is unique but pulls elements of our
favorite genres: soul, funk, hip-hop, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock," says
Sarah Clarke, the resounding, and resonating, front woman for Portland,
Oregon-based Dirty Revival.
Also comprised of Evan "evv'n'flo" Simko (M.C., guitar), Terry Drysdale
(drums), Karl Ludwigsen (keyboards), Jon Shaw (bass), Chris Hardin (tenor
sax), and Jon Clay (trumpet), the septet shines on their self-titled,
"Someone once described us as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind
and Fire, and Rose Royce all blended up as one," Clarke says of the
comparisons her band has already started to receive. "I nearly fainted.
What a massive compliment."
Expanding on that, Simko says, "I think people will find a great variety
of influences or comparisons, to name a few: P-Funk, Aretha Franklin,
James Brown, Bill Withers, Charles Bradley, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu,
D'Angelo, and The Roots. It's hard to say. I think there are so many
influences that it won't quite sound like anyone in particular."