Elephant Revival, a neo-acoustic quintet from Nederland, plays at 9:30 p.m. today at Bear River Bar & Grill. Tickets are $15 at the door.

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Elephant Revival, a neo-acoustic quintet from Nederland, plays at 9:30 p.m. today at Bear River Bar & Grill. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Nederland group brings musical healing to Steamboat

Neo-acoustic folk band Elephant Revival plays in Steamboat today


Elephant Revival

Past Event

Elephant Revival, folk

  • Saturday, March 26, 2011, 9:30 p.m.
  • Bear River Bar & Grill, Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $15


— Bridget Law was on an airplane several years ago listening to the pop music pumping through the speakers, and it angered her.

The normally soft-spoken Colorado native’s voice rose as she recalled how that feeling spawned a desire to be part of a meaningful and collaborative musical experience.

“Here is this opportunity to speak to millions of people, and they’re playing junk,” she said. “I had this motivation to purify pop music. I wanted to go out there and make music that has meaning and make it popular.”

Four years ago, Law found her place as one-fifth of Elephant Revival, a gypsy folk, neo-acoustic band from Nederland known for their exemplification of the genre known as “transcendental folk.”

Their songs have a delicate essence, carefully written and wrought with spirituality and reverence for the natural world.

“Obviously, we have women in our band, but there’s a quality of femininity and sensuality that really comes out,” Law said. “It’s not like we’re playing girly music, but we’re willing to go to a more emotionally healing place musically.”

The band comprises Law on fiddle and vocals; Bonnie Paine on vocals, washboard, djembe and musical saw; Sage Cook on electric banjo and guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola and vocals; Dango Rose on double bass, mandolin, banjo and vocals; and Daniel Rodriguez on acoustic guitar, electric banjo, guitar and vocals.

They play at 9:30 p.m. today at the Bear River Bar & Grill at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. The cover charge is $15.

It was a long and serendipitous road that brought the group together, including meeting at various music festivals, late-night campfire jams, and a separation followed by a realization the group was meant to be together. They reunited as friends — and romantic couples for some of them — in October 2006.

Paine and Law have a particular bond: The brunettes look as though they could be sisters.

“We’re soul sisters; it was pretty instantaneous,” Law said. “We were like, ‘Wow, you seem like so much fun,’ and we started traveling and playing music together right away. There’s a sisterly connection that she and I have that is extremely powerful in my life.”

In addition to playing and writing music as a group, the band is interested in all forms of meditation and yoga.

They gravitate toward bodies of water, especially rivers, because it’s where they can find their peace on the road.

And with that peace, they take to the stage to perform what Law feels is a kind of ceremony, with every song a mantra.

“It’s not really for the party; it’s not to wow anybody,” Law said. “It’s to speak from our hearts and to the hearts of the people listening. It’s more about the love than anything else.”

“I’d love it if people were finding healing or going inside and finding a piece of their soul in each of our songs.”

To reach Nicole Inglis call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com


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