Best Live Band (2013)

Dustbowl Revival

In a city like Los Angeles, home to musical stars in nearly every known genre, handing out the Best Live Band title is not easy. But the free-thinking local collective Dustbowl Revival's upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear. With a dazzling array of instrumentation — tuba, accordion, pedal steel, fiddle, clarinet, trumpet, banjo — they perform a sturdy repertoire of vintage numbers that run the gamut, from gospel and jazz to country and swing to blues. In a nutshell, Dustbowl Revival deliver the goods with an admirable combination of low-key charm and high-impact musicality. dustbowlrevival.com. —Jonny Whiteside