Elephant Revival tiptoes into town

Nederland Colorado neo-folk band Elephant Revival's performance in Billings Aug. 21.

Nederland Colorado neo-folk band Elephant Revival.

 Bonnie Paine, lead vocalist and washboard player for Elephant Revival.

Bonnie Paine, lead vocalist and washboard player for Elephant Revival.

Elephant Revival was anything but elephantine in their performance in Billings last night. The an Americana folk music revivalist group’s delicate and graceful music reminded more of tiptoeing than of a large, lumbering pachyderm.

The spirited five-piece brought their magnetic music to the stage, performing with amped instruments, yet kept a light, intricate sound. The band traveled from their last performance in the Ozarks of Arkansas to Billings for a third appearance at Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

Lead vocalist and washboard player Bonnie Paine held the crowd’s interest with her genre-bending vocals, at times jazz and blues inspired, other times seeming celtic.

Elephant Revival’s Bridget Law–fiddle and vocals–and Daniel Rodriguez on the electric banjo

The band–also defying category–played two sets of music from their diverse repertoire, from Scottish fiddle tunes to original folk and jazz inspired pieces.

Elephant Revival travels to Missoula tonight, performing at the Top Hat at 9:30 p.m. and then to Lolo Hot Springs, where they provide opening support for Railroad Earth at the Hemp Hoe Down.

Dancing with her daughter, a patron enjoys Nederland Colorado neo-folk band Elephant Revival at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

Dancing with her daughter, a patron enjoys Nederland Colorado neo-folk band Elephant Revival at the Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co.

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