Stay tuned for Elephant Revival…
August 14 marks the return of the immensely popular band Elephant Revival. But instead of playing at a private residence, the stage and musicans will move to Brickworks for a night of “great music, awareness, fundraising and family fun.” Theresa Simendinger has more:
Recent island legends are not hard to come by, but this was a good one. The last of 2011 summer concerts was with Elephant Revival and held at Cloud Oakes’ lovely hideaway home near the interior of San Juan Island. Community spirit built the stage near Cloud’s home for the Elephant Revival late 2011 summer concert billed as “Family Fun.”
This year Cloud donated the stage to the Brickworks for community concerts and now Elephant Revival is playing on the same stage again at Brickworks Plaza in Sunshine Alley. Everyone who attended the last concert is excited for the opportunity to hear them again. Different local people are donating their time and expertise, from moving the stage itself to Brickworks Plaza all the way through the sound-man, lighting, event coordinating, set up, etc., all by volunteers to make musical magic on August 14.
Elephant Revival’s motto is, “ Where words fail, music speaks…” They hail from Nederland, CO. and have quite a history of blending music with social consciousness. At the same time their music which has been referred to as “progressive edge,” and won “Best Album 2012” from Indie Acoustic Project for “A Break in the Clouds” of the same year. Adjectives used when explaining their sound have been; gypsy, Celtic, rock, alt county and folk. It would be interesting if you found anyone who did not speak with awe of their “just try and sit still to” intertwining music.
“Elephant Revival also shares a commitment to responsible stewardship of the planet and its inhabitants, working with organizations such as the Conscious Alliance, Calling All Crows, Trees Water & People, and other non-profits supporting humanitarian causes. Their very name was chosen out of empathy for a pair of zoo pachyderms who, upon being separated after 16 years, died on the same day.” as related on their blog. Adding to their long list of donations, a portion of this concert goes to the Brickworks Fund.
As Ally Rugge of Talking Horse Ranch and volunteer in charge of the event exclaimed; “You will be sorry if you miss this one. Tickets requests are already piling in, only so many tickets can be sold because of space and this will draw fans from the other islands. I wish to thank everyone who gave so much to make this happen. Cheers for community spirit!”
And so a great group effort for a hot summer’s night, jump up and dance entertainment in Friday Harbor. OK bring a jacket, just in case… Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at Brickworks•150 Nichols St. & Sunshine Alley •Show at 7pm• Doors at 6pm•Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door.