Elephant Revival

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The Elephant Revival quintet is from Nederland, Colorado and they have a sound that is hard to categorize with elements of gypsy, rock, Celtic, alt-country and folk.  All members of the band could be leads in their own groups, but together they create a powerful sound that touches your heart and makes you sing their songs out loud until you’re hoarse.  This was my experience again on Friday, March 27, 2013 at the Belly Up, Aspen.  It was my honor to take their photos and capture this live performance of one of my favorite bands.

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The lights at the Belly Up offered wonderful opportunity to capture one of my favorite bands in a variety of moods, but this might be my select image from the set, as it captured a moment during “Ole Rouge River”.  I can’t believe I held still enough to take this picture, as this song makes me want to clap and dance. See  more images and information about the band in this post below and on my Flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/69736501@N04/sets/72157633122635525/.  Learn more about Elephant Revival and their tour dates on their website http://elephantrevival.com

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Bonnie Paine plays the washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox driving the rhythm of the band.  However, its her ethereal voice that drew me to become a fan of the band at the beginning.  I’ve been fortunate to have had the pleasure of talking with her several times now and she is as dear a human being as is her voice.

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Bridget Law plays the fiddle, octave fiddle adding a commanding presence to the songs, with a delicate sweetness.  She’s not just ridiculously talented, but a natural beauty.

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Sage Cook is listed as playing the banjo, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass and fiddle for the band. But, they should add to his long list of instruments his voice.  He was the surprise for me as I listened to more of Elephant Revival’s music.  He and Bonnie’s voices together add a greater appeal for the band’s audience.  Sage also converted me about the banjo, as he plays leads on it that I’ve not heard before.  I always thought that the banjo meant bluegrass, and disregarded it.  Thanks Sage for expanding my horizon’s regarding the banjo’s contribution.

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Daniel Rodriguez plays guitar, banjo, bass and is also passionate about sharing the bands commitment to the environment.  He helps blend music and social consciousness along with his fellow musicians.

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Dango Rose plays double-bass, mandolin, banjo.  The Elephant Revival’s musical skill base just keeps going with Dango’s contribution.

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