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Elephant Revival makes WinterWonderGrass in Steamboat one of its last shows

Nederland-band Elephant Revival announced plans to go on hiatus. The group will play only a few shows including next weekend's WinterWonderGrass in Steamboat Springs.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Elephant Revival, the Nederland-based group known for their mystical harmonies, has announced it will be taking a hiatus after a few festival appearances and a Red Rock performance on May 20.

The band also announced 18 concerts between January and May 2018 are cancelled.

The reason?

"Family matters," according to a group statement.

For the past 11 years, Elephant Revival — considered a driving force within Colorado’s roots, folk music scene, released six albums and brought their neo-acoustic, transcendental folk to over 1,000 concerts.

Members of the group have also been involved in advocating for environmental sustainability and public lands and have made numerous appearances in Steamboat Springs, including at Strings Music Pavilion and the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square, and they were one of the main headliners for the 2017 WinterWonderGrass Festival.

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The group is comprised of Bonnie Paine on washboard, djembe, musical saw and stompbox; Bridget Law on fiddle and octave fiddle; Charlie Rose on banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello and double bass; Dango Rose on double bass, mandolin and banjo; Daniel Rodriguez on guitar, banjo and double bass; and Darren Garvey on percussion.

"The Colorado songwriters have used music to unite us in ways that no other medium can," said Christian Hee, United Interests PR marketing manager representing Elephant Revival.

The group worked with numerous organizations to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship over the years, which culminated in their own project, Trail Revival, which works in conjunction with the state of Colorado to clean up and restore trails within the state's public lands.

The band's environmental work will continue with their next Trail Revival event planned for May 19 during the second annual Colorado Public Lands Day and in conjunction with Elephant Revival's Red Rocks performance on May 20 with Blind Pilot and Hiss Golden Messenger.

When contacted about the hiatus, the band’s PR agency said members did not want to provide further comment.

Remaining shows:

Feb. 22 and 23 | Steamboat | WinterWonderGrass

April 8 | Tahoe, California | WinterWonderGrass

April 28 | Wilkesboro, North Carolina | MerleFest

May 20 | Morrison | Red Rocks with Blind Pilot and Hiss Golden Messenger

Cancelled shows:

Jan. 31 | Boise, Idaho | Knitting Factory

Feb. 1 | Portland , Oregon | Wonder Ballroom

Feb. 2 | Eugene, Oregon | WOW Hall

Feb. 3 | Seattle, Washington | The Showbox

Feb. 4 | Vancouver, British Columbia | Imperial

Feb. 7 | Bozeman, Montana | The Emerson

Feb. 8 | Missoula, Montana | The Wilma

Feb. 9 | Jackson, Wyoming | Pink Garter Theatre

Feb. 10 | Park City, Utah | Park City Live

Marcah 21-22 | Crested Butte | Center For The Arts

March 23-24 | Aspen | Belly Up

April 5 | Santa Cruz, California | The Catalyst

April 6 | San Francisco, California | Great American Music Hall

April 11 | Los Angeles, California | Troubadour

April 12 | Solana Beach, California | Belly Up

April 13 | Tucson, Arizona | The Rialto Theatre

April 14 | Flagstaff, Arizona | The Orpheum Theater

May 24-27 | Cumberland, Maryland | DelFest

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