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ELEPHANT REVIVAL: Colorado band brings its 'progressive edge' to Mesa Theater

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Indie Acoustic Music Project named Elephant Revival's 2011 release "Break in the Clouds" as best CD in the "progressive edge" category. While the acoustic ensemble plays a number of traditional string instruments, the group's music encompasses a wide range of genres.Elephant Revival will perform tonight, Friday, April 5, at the Mesa Theater & Lounge in downtown Grand Junction. "We do have deep roots in traditional music," said Dango Rose, who plays double-bass, mandolin and banjo for the group. "Our instrumentation is traditional-based, but we're not really a bluegrass band."In fact, the group's sound includes aspects of old-time jazz, "psychedelic country," Texas swing, Scottish and gypsy.The Nederland-based quintet formed six-and-a-half years ago and is also comprised of Sage Cook on banjo, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass and fiddle; fiddler Bridget Law; Bonnie Paine on washboard, djembe, musical saw and stompbox; and Daniel Rodriguez on guitar, banjo and bass."All of us write, sing and collaborate," Rose said.Elephant Revival is a current nominee of the Alternative Root Magazine's Annual Reader's Choice Award in the "Roots/Americana Artist, Duo or Group Pushing the Envelope" category.Additionally, Law has been nominated in the "Roots/Americana Violin/Fiddle Player" category.During a 2012 appearance on the internationally syndicated eTown radio show, the band shared how they chose their name.Having played music at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Rose was familiar with two elephants there who, upon being separated after 16 years, died inexplicably on the same day. "We adopted the totem of the elephant," Rose said.Elephant Revival is committed to responsible stewardship of the planet and works with organizations such as Conscious Alliance; Calling All Crows; Trees Water and People and other humanitarian nonprofits, according to its website.The band has been on the road a lot lately - most recently performing in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Florida. Before that, the band toured Toronto, Boston, New York City and other Northeast locales. From Grand Junction, the group will head to Utah, San Francisco, San Diego, Arizona and New Mexico. They're also slated to play Telluride Bluegrass Festival this year. Next year, the band is headed to play in Europe.Their newest release, "It's Alive," is a seven-song EP available at

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