There is one concert at York Street this week, and you can still get tickets! Be sure to read these bios compiled by Gardens’ member Rick Hum before you go to the concert.
Elephant Revival and Carolina Chocolate Drops
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Doors: 6 p.m. / Show: 7 p.m.
Tickets still available!
This show will be very interesting with a popular local group and the other gaining a national reputation. The two bands are from very different backgrounds, but have much in common. Both are composed of young multi-instrumentalists who collaborate in their music writing and all members participate in the vocals as well as the playing.
Elephant Revival is from Nederland, Colorado, founded in 2006. Their style of music is often referred to as “transcendental folk” incorporating Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, folk, ballads, bluegrass, psychedelic, country, indie rock, reggae, 40s/50s jazz standards and occasionally hip-hop beat. There will be a lot of instrument swapping, but here are the members of Elephant Revival and the instruments they usually play:
- Bonnie Paine: washboard, djembe and musical saw
- Sage Cook: electric banjo/guitar, mandolin and viola
- Dungo Rose: double bass, mandolin and banjo
- Daniel Rodriguez: acoustic guitar and electric banjo/guitar
- Bridget Law: fiddle
Bonnie Paine also delivers additional beats via foot-stomps on plywood, her feet doing near jigs as her hands, encased in leather gloves, rub silver nickel against corrugated metal.
The members grew up in various parts of the country, but have roots in Colorado and Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Their stated mission is “to close the gap of separation between us through the eternal revelry of song and dance.” The name Elephant Revival is based on empathy for a pair of zoo pachyderms who, upon be separated after 16 years, died on the very same day.
Elephant Revival has recorded three albums between 2008 and 2012. Their Facebook page is headed with: “Where words fail…music speaks.”
The Carolina Chocolate Drops is an old-time string band from Durham, North Carolina. They were formed in 2005 following the first Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, NC, in April 2005. The founding members were Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons and Justin Robbins, the original fiddler. All three were in their twenties when they came together. The group has released seven albums between 2006 and 2012. They won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2010 for Genuine Negro Jig.
The current members include:
- Dom Flemons: 4-string banjo, guitar, jug, harmonica, kazoo, snare drum, bones and quills
- Rhiannon Giddens: 5-string banjo, fiddle and kazoo
- Adam Matta: beatbox and tambourine
- Hubby Jenkins: guitar, mandolin, 5-string banjo and bones
- Leyla McCalla: Cello
Rhiannon Giddens was trained in opera at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music — an unlikely start for her current career, but one she says has come in handy. "The breathing that you'll learn, being able to sing through colds, being able to hold notes, that really does come from training," she says.
All members of the group contribute to the vocals. Their repertoire is mainly based on traditional music of the Piedmont region of North and South Carolina. The band modifies and preserves the traditional fiddle and banjo music of the area. They were tutored in this music by eminent African-American old-time fiddler Joe Thompson.