Jazz Band Industrial Revelation to Rock The Royal Room

Local band Industrial Revelation puts a new spin on an old form
Brangien Davis  |   November 2013   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Industrial Revelation

Contemporary Seattle music isn’t all about hip-hop and beard rock. The city has a thriving and ever evolving jazz scene, exemplified by local supergroup Industrial Revelation. With Evan Flory-Barnes on upright bass, Ahamefule Oluo on trumpet, Josh Rawlings on keyboard and D’Vonne Lewis on drums, the quartet is rooted in jazz, but branches off into fresh and unexpected directions that range from avant-jazz to indie rock to hard core to post-bop—all in evidence on the new album Oak Head. While clearly reveling in these creative departures (live shows are a blast), the band never loses touch with its jazz footing. Witness: the pre-show discussion (6:30 p.m.) at this month’s live performance, when the quartet will join local jazz piano legend Overton Berry to talk about Seattle’s black music history, including segregated musicians’ union Local 493 (of which Berry was a member). Count on a fascinating discussion, followed by serious rocking out. 11/15. 8 p.m. $6–$12. The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S; 206.906.9920; theroyalroomseattle.com