"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, The MetroTimes
March 7, 2012
"On a 100 degree Sunday afternoon ... Her raven hair was set off by a bosom glistening with sweat like a Gypsy woman ragged on crank, and when she kicked off her number "Save My Soul." I must report that despite the pervasive swelter, goosebumps raised on both my arms, and a chill shot up and down my spine."
... "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, MetroVibe Magazine,
Vol 1, issue 2, October 2012
“Rio was so captivating that it didn’t matter if you were male or female, your eyes didn’t want to leave her for a second. I was completely locked in on her. Watching the band play felt like an honor, like we should be thanking them. I was convinced that I was witnessing a legend being born, seeing next generation icons."
-Vera Khzouz, HEAR Magazine
March 11, 2012
Rio & the Rockabilly Revival is a seven-piece band lead by spitfire front woman, Rio Scafone. Born in to rockabilly royalty, Scafone is the niece of rockabilly legend, Jack Scott, and proudly carries on the family tradition of serving up some of the most bombastic music on the scene today.
The band consists of life long, trained, professional musicians and vocalists, with more than 100+ years of professional experience between them. RRR includes: Rio Scafone on lead vocals started her career early, and has inspired audiences all over America on stage and in films for better than 20 years. Ally Sarah on backing vocals has a long history of musical theater and stage performance both in the midwest and in New York. Renee Turner on backing vocals has been performing for over a decade on stage and in theater throughout the midwest and New York. Yana Levovna on backing vocals is a fireball of energy, with years of vocal performance, teaching and dance under her belt. Seán Eric Harris, on upright bass and the band's musical director, has been performing professionally for nearly 20 years, and studied bass performance at university, and previously performed with national touring acts like The Atomic Fireballs (Lava/Atlantic Records). Jarod Thompson's first concert at the age of 5 was to see Elvis Presley at the Silverdome outside Detroit, and he caught the bug immediately; playing guitar ever since on music that his grandfather would refer to as "hotdog" music, and he is an authentic Rockabilly from years past. Charlie Bongo is a well-rounded sessions drummer who has worked with bands in more styles than he has fingers and toes. Last but not least, Charles Prophet on Sax is a Detroit-area workhorse, who has performed regularly with a wide variety of local and touring acts throughout the Americas. The chemistry between the band is unmistakeable forming the perfect musical storm that leaves fans breathless.
Their shows have been hailed “The Church of Rock & Roll” by critics and fans alike, with audiences coming to each
show ready to “testify.” Weaving themes of sin and redemption throughout, their shows are a full tilt “Revival” of sorts.
RRR's concerts begin with audio/video of the Reverend Jimmy Snow from the 1950's, preaching against the evils of
Rock & Roll. The band takes the stage. Two female backing vocalists dressed in pristine vintage style dresses take
their places. The Reverend begins his sermon. Rio Scafone walks on stage as the women erupt in to a chilling gospel
stained vocal pattern of oo's and ah's as Rio begins to speak in call and response with Rev. Snow. As the Reverend's
ominous warning about the “evils” found in the “beat” comes to a close, the women hit a bone rattling vocal climax, the
final harmonies hang in the air. A breath of silence and the band explodes into their original song, “Feel the Beat.” The electricity is unmistakable.
So begins a non-stop E-ticket ride of bombastic, raise-the-roof Rockabilly show, complete with choreography, superb
musicianship and soul-bearing performances. Original songs mixed with new arrangements of classic rockabilly standards seamlessly blend together. Rio Scafone, beloved for her power house vocals and theatrical showmanship owns the stage, and has been compared to other force-of-nature performers such as Little Richard, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and
Johnny Cash. Her sultry, Italian look and raw sensuality combined with her gritty performance style strikes a unique aesthetic balance. Dressed in a 1950's pin-up dress and petticoat, the combination of smoldering sex appeal and tough, feral performance has proven to be a winning combination that at once enthralls, challenges and inspires. Having grown up under the musical influence of her uncle Jack Scott, Rio was steeped in oldschool rockabilly and vintage rock and roll from an early age. By age five, she was known for climbing out of bed in the middle of the night to sing Johnny Cash and Jack Scott songs out her bedroom window into the steamy summer night air. Her faithful fan each night, the neighbor's dog, Rebel, who would listen for hours in the moonlight. It seemed only fitting that she would title RRR's first EP, “The Midnight Rebel Sessions.” She was schooled under her uncle in the art of performance and he instilled in her a work ethic that stands just as strong today. Rio is also a professional actress having appeared in many feature films, television shows and theater. Rio is known for her disciplined approach and has a reputation of running a very tight ship. Hours of intense rehearsals, critiquing every member of the band to ensure a top quality show is all part of the RRR band experience. "You either bring your A game or you go home. Period. I don't accept anything less than 100% from myself or my band. The fans and promoters booking you deserve nothing less than everything you have to give” –Rio Scafone.