Dirty Revival, a seven piece Soul/Rock band hailing for Portland, OR, is quickly gaining notoriety for their inspired songwriting and impressive live performances and has been electrifying stages across the US since 2013.
Fronted by Portland native, Sarah Clarke, who’s powerful vocals and engaging stage presence immediately command attention, the rest of the band is comprised of six exceptional musicians, Evan “Evvnflo” Simko (Guitar + MC), Terry Drysdale (Drums), Jon Shaw (Bass), Ben Turner (Keys), Chris Hardin (Tenor Sax), Thomas Barber (Trumpet). Many of them friends since high school, each player is as good as the next and all of them exceptional in their own way, Dirty Revival functions like a well oiled machine with every part doing exactly what it’s supposed to.
Dirty Revival’s democratic approach to music shows in their songwriting, their original music effortlessly incorporating several different genres of music. At times showcasing their unique take on the soul and funk sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, then, straddling the line between rock band and pop band. The care the group takes in the arrangement of their original music is reflected in their cover choices, known for their dynamic recreations of classic songs by artists ranging from NIN to Black Sabbath and Rage Against the machine, illustrates why it is difficult to put the Dirty Revival in any one genre of music.
Dirty Revival has shared the stage with many legendary acts including George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Franti, The Motet, Gift Of Gab, Lyrics Born, and members of The Meters, George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste. Participating in several notable events and venues, including Waterfront Blues Festival (OR), World Music Festival (CA), Arise Music Festival (CO), Upstream 2018 (WA), The Filmore (SF) and many more wrapped into the the several years of multi regional touring they have under their belt. Dirty Revival has also spent time in studio releasing a full length album (self-titled, Dirty Revival) and a 7” record (So Cold).
On stage or in your record player, Dirty Revival will captivate you from the very first note and give you a musical experience you will never forget.
“...I've often asked myself what funk would sound like if it was being made today with the same passion it was made with in its heyday. I believe we may have found the answer.”
~ Landon Kulmon, Daytrotter + Paste Magazine
“...Dirty Revival, one of the tightest bands I have ever heard.”
~ Zigaboo Modeliste, The Meters
“...(Dirty Revival has) tapped rollicking soul and Hip Hop influences to become one of the cities most buzzed about acts.”
~ The Oregonian
Vox: A PDX native Sarah Clarke has been singing since she was a child but only upon the inception of Dirty Revival, did she choose to pursue music on professional level. Known mostly for her vocals, Sarah also plays piano and composes, both for her own projects and for Dirty Revival. Beyond her musical pursuits, Sarah is also a proud mother of her young son Donovan George, the soon to be 8th member of the band.
Flow: Guitar master and emcee extraordinaire, Evan ‘evv'n'flo’ Simko is another PDX native that has engulfed his life in all of music’s avenues. Currently working in hip-hop production and film scoring. For over 13 years Evan has instructed music in various forms, and continues to share his passion with students today.
Smash: A student of Berklee College of Music, Terry Drysdale has been controlling a set of drums since he was first granted the ability at the age of 10. He has been a part of several Portland based bands, and has also taught music professionally. Terry is a Portland native, and enjoys sharing his fiery passion for music – which can often clear a room.
"Snacks" : Portland native Ben "Snacks" Turner started piano at age 8 and Hammond organ within a year. Now a graduate of Portland State's jazz program, Ben has performed and toured with many of Portland's A-list acts including Manimalhouse, Ken Derouchie Band, and Curtis Salgado. The nickname is from one time when he ate, like, an indefensible amount of pizza at a rehearsal. - bensnacksturner.com
Low End: Jon Shaw also calls PDX home and makes his living with a bass guitar (or standup) in his hands. A monstrous talent as well as a creative driving force for Dirty Revival, Jon is well known in the portland music community, as a player, teacher and ultimate noodler. You can also catch him around town with the free jazz group, The Blue Cranes.
Tenor Sax, Gentleman and Baller: Chris Hardin, a Portland native as well has played tenor sax in various groups throughout the years including a long stint on the high seas performing on cruise ships, he is as mysterious as he is talented.
The Rooty toot-t00t: Thomas Barber, has played on numerous recordings, ranging from jazz to classical to pop. He has performed with Paul Simon, Wynton Marsalis, and Esperanza Spalding. After winning the Lionel Hampton High School Trumpet Competition in 1994 and the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition in Gothenborg, Sweden in 1997, he attended the University of Northern Colorado then went on to study jazz at The Juilliard School. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon, he performs regularly with Darrell Grant, George Colligan, Alan Jones, Portland Jazz Composer’s Ensemble, and tours the country as the newest member of the NW funk/soul phenomenon, Dirty Revival.