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Rising stars Elephant Revival play in Vail

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily

VAIL, Colorado – Samana Lounge brings up-and-coming Elephant Revival to Vail Village Thursday night.

The band is soulful, seductive quiver of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists that reign from across the country. Since Oct. 2006 Daniel Rodriguez, Bonnie Paine, Dango Rose, Sage Cook and Bridget Law have performed at festivals, theaters, clubs and house concerts from the Pacific coast to the rolling hills of New England.

The band, based in Nederland near Boulder, hits the stage at 10 p.m. Elephant Revival play original music with a few traditional and eclectic cover tunes.

“When I hear Elephant Revival I am struck by my inability to define it,” independent film director Mikey Eberle says. “I am forced to confront the music as it is, connecting to it with a virgin spirit of mind. Consequently it feels like I am experiencing music and all its joys for the very first time.”

The elephant, long known as a loyal, family-oriented animal, has been Elephant Revival’s “totem animal” since the band formed, said Dango Rose, the band’s upright bass and mandolin player.

The band’s name was inspired by the empty elephant cage at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo in 2005. Rose found himself back in his hometown of Chicago, sitting outside the elephant’s empty cage not long after the last of the three animals who’d lived there passed away.

“I was playing music outside the elephant cages, and at that point, I realized I was ready to leave Chicago,” Rose said. “All of (the band members) had known each other for some time, and we were all in different parts of the country, playing in different bands, and that’s when the idea got planted to revive the spirit of the elephants and take on the elephant as a totem animal.”

Elephant Revival lists Little Feat, The Band, The Beatles, Leftover Salmon, Taj Mahal, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Gram Parsons, Billie Holiday, Randy Crouch, Celtic, Scottish and old-time Appalachian traditions, Colorado bluegrass, roots reggae and mountain hip-hop as influences.

“The only time I caught the Revival was last month and I was totally mesmerized,” said Scotty Stoughton, singer for Vail Valley band Bonfire Dub and founder of Samana Lounge. “It was the first time in a very long time I was moved to take in every note of their unique and exhilarating set. This is one of the best bands I have ever seen live and the deepest set of acoustic music I have ever heard.”

All shows at Samana Lounge are 21-plus. There is a $10 cover charge for this event plus all night drink specials. Samana is located in the heart of Vail Village. For more information call 970-476-3433 or log onto http://www.samanalounge.com

What: Elephant Revival

Where: Samana Lounge, Vail

When: Thursday, 10 p.m.

Cost: $10

More information: 970-476-3433, http://www.samanalounge.com

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