Nobody Ignored This Elephant (Revival) In The Room

Finally, I was able to see Colorado-based Elephant Revival perform a full set at a sold-out show at The Sinclair last weekend; sadly, I missed their sets at the festivals I attended last summer where they played, although I caught a few songs they performed at one of the Newport Folk Festival’s after-shows.

Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival

The show was absolutely worth seeing, and the rest of the audience agreed. They did not take the stage until 10:30 pm, but hardly anybody left early due to the late hour.

Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival (with Nora Jane Struthers and Parsonsfield)

I received a copy of their most recent release, Sands of Now, so I was able to familiarize myself with their music. One of the aspects of their music I like most is that it is balanced. I hear all the instruments, even during a solo when my ears are focused on the solo instrument.

, Bonnie Paine,

Dango Rose, Bonnie Paine, Daniel Rodriguez

Elephant Revival has a style that cannot be described with one word, other than rootsy. I know that is such a broad category it is now almost useless as a descriptor. There are elements of folk, bluegrass, country, jazz; about everything but the blues and there’s probably even some of that!

Charlie Rose, Bonnie Paine

Charlie Rose, Bonnie Paine

Above all, Elephant Revival is fun! Most of the members of the band are multi-instrumentalists as shown in the next paragraph, and they are accomplished on all the instruments they play.

Charlie Rose, Dango Rose

Charlie Rose, Dango Rose

Bonnie Paine (vocals, stompboard, washboard, djembe, and musical saw), Charlie Rose (vocals, pedal steel, banjo, bass, trumpet, and trombone), Dango Rose (bass, mandolin, banjo, and vocals), Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, and vocals), and Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals) comprise Elephant Revival.

Bonnie Paine

Bonnie Paine

 

Dango Rose

Dango Rose

Daniel Rodriguez, Bridget

Daniel Rodriguez, Bridget Law

Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose

There is a lot of energy in their performance and I felt they connected with the audience (I arrived shortly before their set started and could not get close to the stage without barging my way through the crowd which is not something I do).

Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival

When they performed ‘Sing to the Mountain’, everyone howled to the moon along with the band in the chorus when they sang ‘sing to the moon.’

Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival

I was introduced to this band because I know Charlie Rose, a fabulous pedal steel player who is equally good on banjo, and who I believe joined the band this year. I probably would have found them on my own this year because they are touring more (or at least touring to New England more often). Bonnie commented that Boston has become their second home town because of Charlie!

Elephant Revival

Elephant Revival

In the middle of the set, local fiddle player Hanneke Cassel and cellist Mike Block joined the band for a number Bridget said was ideal for two fiddles.

Mike Block, Daniel Rodriguez, Hanneke Cassel

Mike Block, Daniel Rodriguez, Hanneke Cassel, Bridget Law

Toward the end of their set, Nora Jane Struthers (the first opener) joined them on vocals and Parsonsfield (the second opener) joined on vocals and some instruments. I was happy to see them because I missed both their sets; I really like both so I’ll have to catch full sets some other time.

Charlie Rose, Joe Overton, Nora Jane Struthers, Dango Rose

Charlie Rose, Joe Overton, Nora Jane Struthers, Dango Rose

Elephant Revival with members of Parsonsfield

Elephant Revival with members of Parsonsfield

Bridget Law with members of Parsonsfield

Bridget Law with members of Parsonsfield

Not many people play the musical saw, but during the last number we were treated to a duet of two saws! Bonnie and Chris Freeman of Parsonsfield both played a saw during the last number. What a treat!

Bonnie Paine, Chris Freeman

Bonnie Paine, Chris Freeman

I recommend seeing Elephant Revival while they are still playing relatively small venues.

Thanks to Elephant Revival for the ticket; all opinions are my own.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on November 9, 2015, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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