Brian Ahern, Contributing Writer
The Dirty Irv are bringing old school rock ‘n’ roll back to Deep Ellum. Featuring University of Dallas senior Thomas Lowery on guitar as well as two UD alumni, Michael Malpiedi on bass and Ben Lowery on piano, the band is playing a three-hour, high-energy set of bluesy dance music every Monday night at Adair’s Saloon in Deep Ellum. The gig follows two well-attended shows in August with good reception from students and locals.
The band plays ‘50s and early ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll along with blues, funk and classic country as well as their own originals. The Dirty Irv plays covers of Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis, and showcases a few classic artists like R&B singers Lee Dorsey and Don Covay that have mostly fallen into obscurity despite their notable contributions to the genre.
Taking their name from an old street gang in Irving during the 60s, The Dirty Irv serves up “boogie woogie, honky tonkin’ rock n roll” to get people dancing, which, according to rhythm guitarist Thomas Lowery is the musicians’ greatest motivator as a band.
“We get energy from watching people dancing and they make us better,” he said.
The members hope to make Monday night “a happening thing.”
“Normally Monday night’s considered a bad thing, that there’s nothing happening.,” said Lowery. “We’ll be in Deep Ellum and hopefully we can get the word out not just to people at UD but to people in Dallas to come out and see us and just have a good time.”
The Dirty Irv hopes to bring their live energy to the studio soon, perhaps within the coming months, but right now they are focusing on tightening their sound and maintaining a solid live session every week. In addition to their Monday night shows, the band will be playing at TGIT on Nov. 20.