Last year, Pour House owner Alex Harris had an idea for a two-day celebration of warm weather and great music. He booked a handful of bands around the first day of the spring season and called it the Spring Equinox Gathering.
"I'm always trying to do stuff like that," Harris says. "Get people out for music on the deck with nice weather and a festive environment."
Harris couldn't wait to do it again. He hopes to keep it going for years to come.
"This year I decided to get a bunch of regional bands that I knew were great, that people would really enjoy but didn't really know about," he says. "For a cheap ticket price, they can see five bands, and we'll try to expose those bands to all of our regulars and anyone who comes in."
This year's lineup is stacked. Asheville's Vertigo Jazz Project are joined by New Orleans-based soul/funk ensemble the Revivalists and another Asheville group, the Jonathan Scales Fourchestra.
Mixing together jazz, funk, soul, rock, Americana, and other influences, these acts go great together. They'll be playing Saturday night after afternoon deck sets from local favorites Graham Whorley and Reckoning. And on Sunday, check out two deck sets from local duo Folkgrass and two sets from Boston-based psychedelic funk band Dopapod for free with a wristband from the night before.
"We had the Vertigo Jazz Project here with Jimmy Herring in December," recalls Harris. "They blew us away. After Herring, they played in the restaurant [El Bohio], and we squeezed like 70 people in there. They were really tight — just awesome. I've been wanting to bring them back."
Harris has also been itching to expose Charleston to the Revivalists. He can't wait to show them off. "They're a young band that's generated a lot of buzz," he says. "They're a melting pot of a lot of different New Orleans influences, but they're kind of Americana and song-driven, not really like any single New Orleans style."
Using traditional New Orleans brass and percussion with a little extra pedal steel, the Revivalists have a sweaty, high energy sound.