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Fun, funky and soulful, Dustbowl Revival due at Hamden’s Space Ballroom Jan. 30

January 15, 2019 GMT

Wary of January snowstorms? Well, the Dustbowl is coming East to Hamden’s Space Ballroom on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Dustbowl Revival, that is — a Venice, Calinfornia-based band self-described as a folk funk experiment. The group features eight full-time members who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues and roots. With vocals by Z. Lupetin and Liz Beebe, they do sweet ballads, hoedown bluegrass and brassy, bluesy dance tunes — all tightly.

In fact, L.A. Weekly crowned them the city’s “Best Live Band” in 2013, and L.A. is a big town with many bands.

Part of that tightness comes from working with Grammy Award-winning producer Ted Hutt, who was a founding member of Irish-American Celtic punk band Flogging Molly and produced punk groups such as Dropkick Murphys and The Bouncing Souls.

A fun note? The video for “Never Had To Go,” starring band fan Dick Van Dyke and his wife, became an Internet sensation a few years ago.

Opening the night will be Roanoke, a rising Folk/Americana band based in Nashville.

Space Ballroom, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m. $20-$18. 203-573-1600. Spaceballroom.com