A magical blend of melodies and rhythms with their roots in the past and their hearts in the future
Bill Nershi, String Cheese Incident
The five souls in Elephant Revival are Sage Cook (banjo, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass and fiddle); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox); Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, bass); and Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo). All share vocals and write songs. Bonnie delivers additional beats via footstomps on plywood, her stockinged feet doing near jigs as her hands, encased in antique leather gloves, rub silver nickel against corrugated metal. This Nederland, Colorado, quintet falls into the pocket of a groove containing elements of gypsy, rock, Celtic, alt-country and folk. The Indie Acoustic Music Project simply labeled their sound "progressive edge." It’s as good a label as any to convey what Dango Rose has described as their mission: "to close the gap of separation between us through the eternal revelry of song and dance." Elephant Revival also shares a commitment to responsible stewardship of the planet and its inhabitants, working with organizations such as the Conscious Alliance, Calling All Crows, Trees Water & People, and other nonprofits supporting humanitarian causes. Their very name was chosen out of empathy for a pair of zoo pachyderms who, upon being separated after 16 years, died on the same day. In the words of the rather unsmiling New York Times: "If this doesn't make you smile, something is wrong with you." The fast-rising acoustic Oshkosh trio Dead Horses arrive with new music as special guests.