Since 2008, the Revival Tour has been an annual traveling conclave of punk musicians -- who all play unplugged.
Previous tours have found members from bands such as Against Me!, Flogging Molly, the Gaslight Anthem, Bedouin Soundclash, Chicago's Lawrence Arms and many more, each picking up acoustic instruments instead of the usual electric barrage.
"From the top, we play and sing together, showcasing a song from each artist's catalog that's on the bill that evening," the tour's founder, Chuck Ragan of the band Hot Water Music, said recently. "There're usually five to six artists as well as back-up accompaniment of fiddles, upright bass, mandolins, banjos and more. After this, most will peel off to spotlight one of the artists aboard who'll present their own works."
It's a modern hootenanny, and Tim McIlrath of Chicago's Rise Against couldn't wait to jump on the tour.