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Tonight: Elephant Revival at Babeville

Elephant Revival

Thursday, February 21

syt8Banjo, mandolin, bass, fiddle, washboard, djembe, drums, guitar and stompbox; these are the tools used by folk band Elephant Revival and they certainly know how to use them. If you ask them, this five-piece band from Colorado, who formed in 2006, would tell you that they’re a “neo-acoustic folk string band” or “transcendental folk” with Celtic, gypsy, funk, rock, and bluegrass influences, but what they really are is simply a very talented band with a flexible sound. Their latest record, 2012’s It’s Alive, a full length album disguised as an EP, has not been very widely heard or reviewed but to those who have given it a listen it, it rivals some of best folk records of the last few years. The sound is rich with heartfelt lyrics, interesting percussion, and plenty of virtuosic strumming. The sound of stringed instruments varies from delicate, on songs like “Wakes Only Daughter” and “To and From,” to powerful on tracks like “Tam Lin Set” and “Quill Pen Feather,” which climaxes with an excited fiddle and banjo solo. Elephant Revival will perform live at Babeville’s Ninth Ward TONIGHT (Feb 21). This show was originally scheduled for February 26th but has been moved. Tickets purchased for the February 26th date will still be honored.

– cory perla

7pm Babeville’s Ninth Ward, 341 Delaware Ave. (852-3835 / $10 advance, $12 day of show