Win Tickets ($40): Elephant Revival @ Aladdin Theater | Folk, Indie, Americana, Experimental

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Elephant Revival @ Aladdin Theater on September 10. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Tuesday, September 8.

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Elephant RevivalElephant Revival
September 10, 2015
Doors 9:30 p.m., Show 10:30 p.m. | $20 | Minors OK w/ Guardian

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
(503) 234-9694

“Where words fail … music speaks.”

That simple line atop Elephant Revival’s Facebook page contains only five words, but reveals volumes about the band’s reason for being. Music unites us in ways that no other medium can. Even when we don’t understand one another’s languages — we can be moved by a rhythm, soothed by a song. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose — the spirit of five souls working as one, in harmony, creating sounds they could never produce alone.

The five souls in Elephant Revival are Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Charlie Rose (banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello, double bass); Dango Rose (double bass, mandolin, banjo); and Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, double bass).

This Nederland, Colo., quintet are, needless to say, quite a sound to be experienced — especially when they fall into the pocket of a groove containing elements of gypsy, Celtic, Americana, and folk.

The Indie Acoustic Music Project simply labeled their sound “progressive edge.” At least, that’s the category in which it placed the band when it gave their Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records release, BREAK IN THE CLOUDS, a best CD of 2011 award. Elephant Revival’s later THESE CHANGING SKIES (Thirty Tigers) release went on to win best CD of 2013 in the same category. It’s as good a label as any to convey what Dango Rose has described as their mission: “to close the gap of separation between us through the eternal revelry of song and dance.”

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 nonprofits 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. The band related that heart-rending story during their April 2012 debut on fellow Coloradans Nick & Helen Forster’s internationally syndicated “eTown” radio show — like Elephant Revival, a blend of music and social consciousness.

Sitting in the audience during their performance, one music blogger was moved to write, “Elephant Revival serenaded the crowd with arabesque melodies, harmonies and rhythms that braided and coiled into a sublime aural tapestry. Their instrumental dynamics, verse, and even the harrowing story that inspired their appellation, invoked the majesty, mystery and sorrow of Mother Earth.”

Campout for the Cause festival organizers put it this way in an affectionate shoutout on their Facebook page. “We love Elephant Revival so much,” they wrote, “not just for their incredible music and conscious lyrics, but for their commitment to living up to the standards they set forth and setting positive examples.”

It’s a paradigm worth spreading, and that’s what Elephant Revival members intend to continue doing as they carry their music around the world, speaking one song at a time.

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39 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Elephant Revival @ Aladdin Theater | Folk, Indie, Americana, Experimental

  1. Stacy Jorge August 26, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    Would love to see this

  2. Jessica F August 26, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

    These guys were one of the best performers at NW String Summit this year. I would love to see them again!

  3. Danielle Dumont August 26, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

    Sounds like a great band to check out and fall in love with their sound!

  4. Lucinda August 27, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    I love to discover new music and explore new venues. Being new to Portland, this would be a great way to kick off a new start!

  5. Lucinda August 27, 2015 at 10:34 am #

    I love to discover new music and explore new venues.

  6. susan August 27, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

    I would love to enjoy this show!

  7. Adam August 27, 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    These guys sound like nothing else out there…would love to see & hear them in person!

  8. Shayler August 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    Would be amazing to see this band!

  9. noah August 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm #

    love these guys! always wanted to see them

  10. Jen August 27, 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    Truthfully- have not heard of them. But checked them out and – WOW! I would love to win tickets to this show.

  11. Anne-Marie Johnson August 28, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Please pick me! Last year I choreographed a surprise friend dance to Grace of a Woman at a wedding and have been dying to see them ever since and dance to it live! Please! I’ll bring my friend I made the dance for! Such an amazing band!! I also have her their cd which became their soundtrack for the honeymoon. :)

  12. Sandra August 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm #

    Just found out that they are performing in Portland on the 10th…the day before I have to fly back to NYC. I can’t believe my luck! Would love love love to go. Their eponymous album, Elephant Revival, is what inspired me to start singing in the first place (to just myself hehe). I owe them my confidence and utmost gratitude.

  13. Linda S August 29, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    Would like to go.

  14. Emily Gorgol August 29, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

    Would love to see one of my favorite Colorado bands! As a Colorado native I miss them!

  15. Merry Sexton August 29, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    We love these folks! And what a nice way to kick off my birthday weekend, too. Would really appreciate tickets!

  16. Ryan August 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    Haven’t had a chance to see them yet and I’d love to go

  17. Debra Dozier August 31, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    Visiting from Texas on labor day week. Love to check out live music amd new venues in other towns! This band looks awesome.

  18. Philip August 31, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    I’m hearing good things about this band

  19. Anthony September 1, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    This sounds like a great show.

  20. Danielle September 1, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    I would really love to go check out this show.

  21. Jessica September 2, 2015 at 9:08 am #

    I love watching Bonnie get down on the washboard, truly mesmerizing!

  22. Deborah Ellison September 2, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    Would love to see them!

  23. Hope September 3, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    The Aladdin is my favorite theater (and plus, I can walk there from my house!). This band sounds amazing and I would love to see them. Thank you!

  24. Benjamin September 3, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

    I live in the SE Brooklyn neighborhood with my girlfriend and we love this band! please pick us for the free tickets. THANK YOU!

  25. Joan September 3, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Just discovered this from a friend who will be going to concert. The percussion on their instrumental tracks are so good!

  26. Kiefer Goldberg September 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm #

    One of my favorite bands that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to see live!

  27. lotti September 3, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

    mama and papa would love a night out while auntie is in town and can watch the 2 year old. especially since the new baby is coming next month.

  28. Micah September 3, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    My girlfriend and I would love to go see this since I love this style of music and want her to get on board

  29. Chris Johnson September 3, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

    Yeah! Fun!

  30. Donielle September 4, 2015 at 10:49 pm #

    These guys are great I would love to get to opportunity to go see them!

  31. sara September 5, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    Yes Please!

  32. Samuel Adams September 5, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    All my dreams start off with a bluegrass theme.

  33. Samuel Adams September 5, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    All my dreams start off with a band hovering over my bed

  34. aalok September 6, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    I traveled half the world to see these guys but spent all my money on air tickets and cheese….music unites us let’s bring it on

  35. Sophia September 6, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

    Hope to see this!!

  36. Lani September 6, 2015 at 7:50 pm #

    My words will fail on how much I need to experience this music

  37. Erin September 7, 2015 at 10:31 pm #

    Oh how I want to see Elephant Revival let me count the ways:
    1. I Adore their music!!
    2. I just missed them last time they performed at the Aladdin!!
    3. It’s my Birthday and my girlfriend and I always go to music on my birthday!!!
    4. PDX Pipeline rocks and it would be fun to let everyone know we won on your site!
    5. The Aladdin is such a great little venue!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

  38. Mo September 8, 2015 at 7:33 pm #

    Would love to this amazing band again!

  39. PLM September 10, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    Nederland…I was just there a few weeks ago. Would have loved to have seem them then. Portland is the next best thing.

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