The Last Revel takes the stage with its old-time string tunes and Midwestern roots on Friday, July 27, for the final show in the Moab Free Concert Series.
The music begins in Swanny City Park, 400 N. and 100 West, at 4:30 p.m. with an opening performance by Eric Jones.
The Last Revel, from Minneapolis, is known for blending the genres of folk, old-time string band and rock to create an Americana sound of its own.
The band formed about seven years ago when the members met in college and started playing together for fun, said Ryan Acker, who sings and plays the banjo.
“We were weekend warriors at first, but we’ve been performing full time for about three years now,” Acker said.
Concertgoers can expect to hear original material, but the band also plays age-old folk music and a few covers from artists such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt, Acker said.
“We have three albums worth of material that we draw from,” Acker said.
The band includes fellow songwriters Vinnie Donatelle on fiddle and Rachel Hanson who sings lead vocals and plays guitar. The group is currently working on new material and has plans to complete its recordings by the end of the year for a new album to be released in 2019.
“We may play some of the new music,” Acker said. “We love trying out new material on stage in front of crowds.”
For the concert’s opening act, the nonprofit Friends of the Moab Folk Festival invited Jones to play his Americana-style music for a performance that will blend early country music, contemporary folk and bluegrass. Jones said he may play a tune by the late “brilliant songwriter” Jimmy Rogers, who was a popular blues musician in Chicago.
In addition to playing guitar, Jones is known in Moab for playing mandolin with the bands Quicksand Soup and Rogue Assets.
Jones performed during the 2017 Moab Free Concert Series with Quicksand Soup.
“It’s a blast,” Jones said. “It’s a great stage, a great community event and there’s a great sound technician. I’m happy and honored to be asked to play and be a part of it.”
Friends of the Moab Folk Festival founded the Moab Free Concert Series with funding provided by the Moab Area Travel Council, the City of Moab and several local businesses.
The free concert takes place during the Moab Farmers Market from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27. A number of food vendors will be selling prepared foods at the event and proceeds from the Moab Brewery’s beer sales will go toward sustaining the annual free concert series.
Eric Jones opens final show in the Moab Free Concert Series on July 27
“It’s a great stage, a great community event and there’s a great sound technician. I’m happy and honored to be asked to play and be a part of it.”
When: Friday, July 27 at 4:30 p.m. during the Moab Farmers Market
Where: Swanny City Park, 400 N. and 100 West