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.