Win Tickets ($50): Elephant Revival @ Wonder Ballroom | w/ Dead Horses, Experimental, Folk, Americana

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Elephant Revival @ Wonder Ballroom on February 11. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, February 6.


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February 11, 2017
Doors 8 p.m., Show 9 p.m. | $25 | 21+

Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212

A haunting sound, at once evocative and mysterious, ushers in Petals, the latest album by Elephant Revival. Notes rise and suffuse the silence; are joined by a deep bass drone, a quiet pulse of cello and a percussive tick: daybreak made music.

That first sound on the lead track, “Hello You Who,” is a steel guitar, and its cinematic swell foreshadows the exploration of new territory by this beloved Rocky Mountain ensemble. A new band member and the introduction of instruments like the pedal steel and the cello into their already impressive treasure trove of strings and percussion are just the beginning. Petals embodies a deepening, as the quintet dives into themes of loss and rebirth, time and memory, love unbound by body or farewell. “Hello you who moves with me in a dance/Hello you who moves me like the sea/…Who loves me Love loves me just to be.” This hello is both a celebration of unconditional love and an invitation to join Elephant Revival in its wayfaring.

The death of a close friend having left its indelible mark on the band, many of the songs on Petals represent what guitarist Daniel Rodriguez calls “an honoring and a coping.” But this is not an album about despair or darkness; it’s a thanksgiving and a prayer for what endures and returns. “She thanks the sky, and she walks the earth/…To the broken-hearted, to the burdened, too/To everyone, peace tonight” (“Peace Tonight”). This idea is embodied in the very name Elephant Revival: moved by the separation and subsequent death of three elephants at the Chicago zoo, bass and mandolin player Dango Rose was inspired to busk in front of what was once their enclosure. Not just a gesture, but a true endeavor to create meaning and grace from loss. Petals, the band’s fourth album, is, in fact, a revival.

Dead Horses

Originally hailing from a small Wisconsin town made world famous by a pair of overalls (Oshkosh, B’Gosh), the now Milwaukee-based trio have traversed most of the Great Lakes on the road to becoming acclaimed national touring artists. Since their formation in 2010, Dead Horses have cultivated a roots sensibility well beyond their years due in part to the powerful musical and literary force that is their frontwoman and songwriter, Sarah Vos.

Raised on Bible Hymns by her preacher father, Vos’ backstory sounds more like that of an old bluesman from the Mississippi Delta than a young folk singer from Wisconsin. Vos’ gospel, living free and unapologetically, is supported with conviction by Peter Raboin on mandolin and guitar, and Daniel Wolff on double bass. Despite their youth, Dead Horses have crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by modern folk as it is by the classics.

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38 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): Elephant Revival @ Wonder Ballroom | w/ Dead Horses, Experimental, Folk, Americana

  1. Natalie January 31, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

    Yes!!! I would love to go to this!

  2. Rae January 31, 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    Love these guys but can’t afford to go, this would be a wonderful experience!!

  3. Cara January 31, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    I’d love to, thanks!

  4. Maura January 31, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    would love this!

  5. Anne-Marie Johnson January 31, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    i love me some washboard…
    lets dance!

  6. Lois January 31, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    Elephant Revival has such a unique sound, I’d love to see them at the Wonder.

  7. Dave G. January 31, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    Ahhhhh, the elephant in the room!

  8. Scott January 31, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    Cool, as I really like Elephant Revival, and have never been in The Wonder.

  9. Riley January 31, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

    Elephant Revival is from my hometown, I haven’t seen them in years.
    Be great to see them again :)

  10. Jesse Johnson January 31, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

    Would be great to win tickets to take my Ma for her Birthday! Always a good show with great people too!

  11. Guy Smith January 31, 2017 at 1:35 pm #

    Oh yes would love to check this show out!!

  12. Linda Anthony January 31, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    They are such a sweet band. And I can use some sweetness right now. Can’t afford tix (thanks ice storm!) so this would be such a treat.

  13. Robyn Martin January 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    with all the insanity of current events I need love and like minded people for an evening. saw ER in Utah 10ish years ago and been fan of them ever since.the track pasture is amazing, it should be on movie soundtracks. if I were a music scout for films this band would hear from me.

  14. Leslie January 31, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    These guys are the best! I would love love love to see them live!!

  15. Nancy January 31, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

    Sounds awesome!

  16. Tessa Gourneau January 31, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    Saw Elephant Revival about 9 years ago in the middle of nowhere South Dakota and fell in love! Would love to see them again in PDX!

  17. John January 31, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    This is right around the corner from our place! And Its my Lady’s birthday. This would be FIRE….

  18. Jessica F February 1, 2017 at 6:57 am #

    Elephant Revival revives my soul, especially at the Wonder Ballroom.

  19. Chris Johnson February 1, 2017 at 10:37 am #

    My wife lives her some washboard! Let’s do it.

  20. Erika February 1, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

    Would love to! Thanks !

  21. Amy Adkins February 1, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

    Would love to take my girlfriend to this for a birthday/valentine’s day celebration!

  22. Ori February 1, 2017 at 11:53 pm #

    Elephant Revival is <3

  23. Tracer February 2, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

    We would love to see this wonderful group.

  24. Danielle February 2, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    I would like to see these guys.

  25. Lorea February 2, 2017 at 6:16 pm #

    This would be a great win. Please consider me for this amazing night. I haven’t seen them live, but the whole line up sounds great. Thanks!!

  26. Ryan HW February 2, 2017 at 8:08 pm #

    Watching Bonnie play the washboard is mesmerizing.

  27. mark fields February 3, 2017 at 5:54 am #

    WOW! Sounds AMAZING! <3

  28. Dylan W Luka February 3, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    This show is going to be awesome!

  29. Andrew February 3, 2017 at 11:50 am #

    I love Elephant Revival! Folken heat throbs~!

  30. TAMAR February 3, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

    I have seen them once when they opened for trampled by turtles in utah. they blew me away, and I have been wanting to see them again ever since.
    I’m absolutely in love with their music. <3 <3 <3 Funds are tight, so it would be lovely to be able to see them here in Portland

  31. panda February 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    elephants, horses, pandas oh my!

  32. catie February 4, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    always up for a live show!

  33. Zoe February 5, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    I love the Aladdin and I love hearing new music – yes please!!

  34. Alicia February 5, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    I’m always up for something experimental

  35. Jessica R Richards February 5, 2017 at 10:36 pm #

    I’d love to attend this night of awesome merely because we love the music and it would be a great date night!

  36. Cari February 6, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    I love them!

  37. Jorden Schmidt February 8, 2017 at 8:18 pm #

    because I can surprise my girlfriend with Elephant Revival tickets!

  38. Cory February 9, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    Revive Me!!!!

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