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DETROIT, MICHIGAN, USA — One of North America’s leading Americana bands, the award winning Rio and the Rockabilly Revival (Detroit, USA), bring their Testify Tour to Europe, pairing up with multiple charities and headlining local concerts/festivals.

July 4th, Rio and the Rockabilly Revival, known for their humanitarian efforts as well as their popular Detroit Roots Rockabilly sound, will kick off their highly anticipated Testify Tour in Dublin, Ireland at the 2nd annual Rock & Jock Softball Tournament and Music Festival to be held at the Clontarf Rugby Club.  Proceeds from the event will go to purchase incubators which will be dedicated to Irish hospitals to treat premature babies. Lead vocalist, Rio Scafone, herself the mother of a premature daughter born at just 3 pounds is proud to be part of this very special event.

This event is very close to my heart. I understand from personal experience how critical it is for the premature babies to get the care they need right from the start. Incubators provide a safe, life saving environment for premature babies who are many times fighting for their lives. It is an honor to perform at this event.” — Rio Scafone

July 8th, the Revival will headline in Dorset, Ferndown, England, at the Barrington Theatre with local Rockabilly favorites, Ruby and the Roughcuts. This exciting double bill is in support of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, Dorset’s only children’s hospice care providing respite at home as well as hospice in Corfe Mullen for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. This event is all ages and will also feature a pop up diner by Mrs T’s BBQ, tintype and vintage photography by Carl Wilson Photography, and roots rock DJ Wreck ‘N’ Ruin Rockin’ Hop.

Additional shows are slated for Newcastle, England and other tour stops throughout the UK.

Lead vocalist, Rio Scafone is the niece of Rockabilly pioneer, Jack Scott (The Way I Walk, Goodbye Baby), and carries on the family tradition of serving up spitfire Rockabilly music. With many television, radio and live concerts to their credit, Rio and the Rockabilly Revival have been dubbed “The Church of Rock And Roll” by critics and fans alike for their ability to whip an audience into a frenzy. Their bombastic, primal performances, reminiscent of a sweltering Southern Revival tent teaming with the sin, sweat and swagger is pure rock and roll; winning them fans across the globe. They have been named one of the Hot 100 Unsigned Artists of 2014 by the iconic Music Connection magazine (Los Angeles, California) and recently won the top honor of Outstanding Americana Artist 2015 at the famous Detroit Music Awards. Their most recent album, “Testify,” was released April 17, 2015 and the first run of CDs sold out in under one week.

“Then Scafone’s on stage, twisting, gyrating and owning every inch like some sort of possessed evangelical-satanic dervish. It’s at once nostalgic performance art, killer show band and a rock ‘n roll wonder.”

Brett Callwood. “Her name is Rio: Jack Scott’s niece shows us how it’s all in the genes.” MetroTimes, 7 March 2012. Print & Web.

“Rio & the Rockabilly Revival are not so much about reviving the past as they are about giving today’s rock a swift kick in the ass. Rio Scafone is dynamic, vivacious, sexy, seductive and a genuine talent. Her fellow revivalists have this classic show band vibe that harkens back to decades past when an act left all their blood, sweat and tears right there on the stage. This group does all of that and would be appropriate for a variety of venues, including (…) casinos, festivals and arena events.”

Eric A Harabadian. “Live Review: Rio and the Rockabilly Revival.” Music Connection, 20 August 2014. Print & Web.

Rio Scafone is a firebrand, a hell-spitting minx whose core, however, is hope and salvation. And, frankly, enough earthy sex appeal to move tectonic plates. Whipping an audience into a frenzy worthy of a revival tent is akin to water rolling off a duck’s back for Rio and company.”

Tom Stevens. “It’s Called ‘Riockabilly,’ Fool.” MetroVibe, October 2012, Vol 1, Issue 2: Pages 12-13. Print.

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