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March, 2010:

Elephant Revival – Thursday, April 15

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photo by Anne Staveley

On the cutting edge of an emerging new genre called “Transcendental Folk,” the neo-acoustic quintet Elephant Revival performs at Leon Recital Hall as part of Earth Week festivities on the Adams State College campus in Alamosa, Co., Thurs., Apr. 15, 7:00 p.m., courtesy of the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA), the Grizzly Activity Board (GAB) and the Adams State College EARTH committee. Admission is free.

Individually and collectively the band members have performed with major artists such as Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, Michael Franti, Little Feat, Yonder Mountain String Band, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, and Leftover Salmon.

During a concert, the band reveals hidden treasures deep within a vast repertoire of original material and a few carefully selected traditional songs. They can delve into Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, original folk pieces, traditional ballads, psychedelic country, indie rock, powerful reggae grooves, 40s/50s jazz standards and an occasional hip-hop beat amongst other styles in the course of one show.

Elephant Revival tours in a vegetable oil powered 1989 International School Bus and spreading a message of sustainability is important to the band, making them apt entertainment for Earth Week.

The band consists of Bonnie Paine (vocals, washboard, djembe, musical saw), Sage Cook (electric banjo/guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola, vocals), Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar vocals) and Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals). Check ’em out on Myspace.

8th Annual Downtown Alamosa Artwalk

Downtown Alamosa ArtwalkALMA is proud to be co-sponsoring the 8th Annual Downtown Alamosa ArtWalk, THIS Saturday, March 27, 10 AM – 5 PM, downtown. Art displays and demos. Live music ( Eric Shiveley, Emily Robinson, Erik Trujillo, Rhonda Mouser, ASC Flute Duo, Atomic Pork, Frank Scott and Friends) spoken word, more. Local foods samplings. Get your program stamped at 12 or more locations, enter prize drawing for a $200 art gift certificate. Complete information is available at the official ArtWalk web site.

Sarah Siskind & Travis Book

Srarh Siskind & Travis BookA masterpiece,” is what Bonnie Raitt called Sarah Siskind’s “Say It Louder,” and the Nashville Music awards named it “Americana Album of the Year,” for 2009. Siskind will perform songs from that album, as well as others, with bassist Travis Book in Leon Memorial Hall on the Adams State College campus in Alamosa, Co., Wed., March 10 at 7:30pm, courtesy of the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA). Tickets are $8 for ALMA members, $10 for the general public, and $5 for students and seniors.

Alison Krauss, Randy Travis, Bon Iver, the Infamous Stringdusters and April Verch are among the artists who have recorded Siskind’s songs. Krauss released two Siskind songs as singles, and her rendition of one was nominated for a Grammy in 2008.

Although Siskind has been making records since the tender age of 14, including one that featured world-renowned guitarist Bill Frisell, “Say It Louder,” has been making the biggest splash among fans and critics alike.

“One of the best records ever made,” is how “Big Al” Anderson, former NRBQ guitarist and hit songwriter for Trisha Yearwood and Rascal Flatts, among others, described it. “Sarah’s music changed my life,” according to indie-rock sensation Bon Iver, who has been covering Siskind’s material live. National Public Radio named the title track of “Say It Louder,” song of the day in June. CNN also spotlighted Siskind in an interview about the album.

Armed with a striking vocal sound of her own and sharp musicianship, the respect Sarah has garnered as a songwriter and an artist in Nashville has quickly spread across the country and beyond.

Les Nouveau Video

Les Nouveau Antiquarians played to a delighted and enthusiastic crowd last Saturday. Here’s a small sample… enjoy!