The Evangenitals, founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee are an alt-country/Americana love revolution made flesh for your listening pleasure. On a quixotic crusade in the key of life hell-bent on breaking hearts open, they are a genre-bending, ever-creating force of nature.
Combining pioneer lineage with a love of performing arts, the Evangenitals push not only the frontiers of creativity, but strive to foster a renaissance of compassion, love and gratitude as the platform to engage in global collaboration, activism, and community building.
Filled with an insatiable desire to explore new forms of musical instrumentation and arrangements, the Evangenitals take listeners on a journey of passion and creative freedom, embracing all of life as source material, from the mundane to the sublime.
Ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, from ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp, citing influences from the new-wave intelligentsia of the Talking Heads to the archetypal fire of Johnny Cash welded together with the mutant masterminds of Ween, the jukebox at the Mad Hatter’s tea party is the Evangenitals.
The Evangenitals were midwifed in 2003 at Mr T's Bowl, a defunct bowling alley in Highland Park, where they gave their first performance for a small mixed group of rehab refugees and listless drunks (and Arlo) for Christmas.
Since then the band has recorded three albums, created several plays and radio dramas, toured the U.S. in a bus of dubious reliability with The 1 Second Film, appeared at scores of clubs from Los Angeles to Louisiana, Northern California to New York, and traveled all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. [+]