Showcasing musical subtleties in Beaver Creek
Vail, CO Colorado
Editor’s note: Director’s Chair is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundation, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.
The Underground Sound series continues on Sunday with local favorite Elephant Revival. Hailing from Nederland, the neo-acoustic quintet describes their music as transcendental folk. The term makes sense as soon as you’ve heard them, but in case you haven’t, their music covers a broad spectrum of styles including jazz, rock, folk, Celtic, and bluegrass. Couple this with great songwriting, beautiful vocals and sweet harmonies and it all adds up to great music.
To give you an idea of their musical chops individually and collectively the band members have performed with some of the most prolific performers of our time including: Michael Franti, Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Little Feat, members of Nickel Creek, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Hot Buttered Rum and countless others.
Elephant Revival has played a number of shows locally, including appearances this summer at Campout For The Cause and YarmonyGrass. Sunday’s show in the intimacy of the Vilar Center will give fans an opportunity to experience their sound in a different environment – one that will showcase the subtleties of the musicianship – which is one of the major goals of the Underground Sound Series.
I know their self-titled CD by heart, and on Sunday I look forward to focusing in on the music the way I would for a jazz or classical concert. Many fans had that experience when Chris Thile performed at the Vilar with his new band The Punch Brothers this past winter, and I expect a similar opportunity Sunday. This is going to be a high-energy, fun concert and as a bonus we will have the orchestra pit open for dancing.
This concert adds another exciting dimension to the Underground Sound Series and I hope you can join us.