Callahan’s Music Hall was a full houseÂ for a return of the Rio/Striho Show. Â Both acts have deep roots in the Detroit music scene, and have a fiercely loyal following.
This was the second time the two performers teamed up for a double bill at Callahan’s, and while they perform in very different styles, the two performances flowed together well, in an artistic, energy packed performance, both musically and visually.
Rio and the Rockabilly RevivalÂ took the stage with the famous recording of Reverend Snow condemning the evils of Rock and Roll music and the effect it has on young people. The theme of the performance is, as the name says, a ‘Rockabilly Revival’. Essentially a big tent revival, but with Rockabilly Music. The performance opens with Rio’s own Runaway Train and is followed by moreÂ original music combined with several rockabilly favorites, uniquely styled and made new again, by Rio’s deep roots in the history of Detroit Â rock and soul. This show was the debut ofÂ Rio’s newly released single Testify and wasÂ received with cheers and excitement from theirÂ faithful following.
Rio is the genuine article in the world of rockabilly, as is her claim to rockabilly heritage. The niece of Rockabilly legend and pioneer Jack Scott, sheÂ is steeped in the traditions of the genre. However, Rio bringsÂ not only the music, butÂ an entire performance. A veteran actress of both motion picture and television, she is a consummate entertainer to the core. Â Precise vocal harmonies, in addition to meticulousÂ choreography, are clear evidence of a rigorous attention to detail, and those who follow her social media feeds know her arduous rehearsal schedule.
Voted “Best Local Band – Original Music” by Hour Detroit Magazine, the music of Rio and the Rockabilly Revival, is unique within the genre of rockabilly as is its broad appeal.Â Young people in today’sÂ rockabilly scene can be found in the audience, right next to folks that enjoyed the musicÂ when it was new. The show is both traditional and contemporary, authentic, but definitelyÂ not “old fashioned”. The brilliant usage of Â traditional Southern Gospel times combined with roots rock and soul, produce an experience that is not to be missed.
Carolyn Striho Group opened the evening, with the acoustic Always in My Heart, which begins with sort of a Folk/Country sound, but then breaks into solid electric guitar riffs by Carolyn’s Husband Scott Dailey. It’s clear byÂ this point that it won’t be an acoustic evening. The eclectic, alternative sound, contains elements of Carolyn’s long history in the Detroit Punk, Alternative, Folk, and Avant Garde scene. Carolyn, a multiple Detroit Music Award recipient (among other notable awards) has toured with Patti Smith and performed with many great actsÂ like Iggy Pop, The Ramones, and Was not Was and has performed at many famous venues worldwide. Carolyn’s performance seduces the audience and engages them with her genuine emotion bringing Â all of us along for a wild ride.
Rio and the Rockabilly RevivalÂ
Rio Scafone – Lead Vocals
Renee Turner – Backing Vocals
Kelly Bevez – Backing Vocals
SeÃ¡n Harris – Upright Bass, Vocals
Jarod Thompson – Lead Guitar
Charlie Bongo – Drums
The Carolyn Striho Group
Carolyn Striho – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
Scott Dailey – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Bonnie Kaye – Violin
Dave Dion – Bass