Holy Ghost Tent Revival to bring 1950s inspired rock to The BEATnik

Ben Shooter, Contributing Reporter

At 9 p.m. on Wednesday The BEATnik will be subject to the soulful, swinging sound of Holy Ghost Tent Revival.

Hailing from North Carolina, Holy Ghost Tent Revival is a folk rock group at heart. The band spices up its sound with diverse instrumentation, utilizing trumpet, banjo and clarinet among other instruments. The group’s sound is classic and unique for today’s musical climate, evocative of the Felice Brothers, The Band or even Elvis. In fact, it’s hard not to imagine songs like “Right State of Mind” as songs the King might have sung were they written in the ’50s. The band has three studio albums under its belt, along with several live recordings that are every bit as tight as its studio recordings. 

The band is currently touring to promote its 2014 album, “Right State of Mind,” which it released last month, and which was made possible through a very successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. For the band, the recording represents a shift toward a sound more incorporative of the electric guitar. Fortunately, the album sacrifices none of the distinctive and defining horn work that the band introduced early on in its career. Listeners and audience members will certainly notice the added intensity provided by the dual guitar approach, and will feel compelled to sing along to the band’s irresistible vocal harmonies and choruses.

The concert also represents part of a successful year for The BEATnik, a relatively new venue where increasingly popular artists such as Shonen Knife have already performed. The venue, which also claims to host DJs, burlesque, comedy and theatre, is located at 1638 Clio St.