FISH CREEK, WI (September 14, 2016) – On Sunday, September 18, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present an evening of enchanting folk-roots music from folk quintet Elephant Revival and bluegrass duo Mandolin Orange.
Elephant Revival, a Colorado-based band that has developed a loyal Door County following after multiple appearances at DCA, returns to Fish Creek with its vast repertoire of original folk pieces, traditional-style ballads, Celtic fiddle tunes, psychedelic country, indie rock, powerful reggae grooves, 1940s jazz standards, and an occasional hip-hop beat. Together, Elephant Revival creates “a unique and appealing modern acoustic sound simultaneously soaked in all manner of tradition” (Marquee Magazine). The band’s prodigious instrumental skill and genre-bending originality make their live performances hum with all the electricity of an old-fashioned tent revival.
Elephant Revival consists of Bonnie Paine (stompboard, washboard, djembe, musical saw), Charlie Rose (pedal steel, banjo, cello, trumpet, trombone), Dango Rose (bass, mandolin, banjo), Daniel Rodriguez (banjo, guitar, vocals) and Bridget Law (fiddle). Individually, the band’s members have performed with such musical greats as Béla Fleck, John Paul Jones, and George Clinton. Boulder Weekly calls Elephant Revival “joyful, beautiful, humble, and a hell of a lot of fun.”
Elephant Revival will be joined at DCA by Mandolin Orange, a Chapel Hill, North Carolina bluegrass duo that makes “honest music, shot through with coed harmonies, sweeping fiddle, mandolin, and acoustic guitar” (American Songwriter). Together, Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin (mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Emily Frantz (fiddle, guitar) enchant, bringing their deep understanding of traditional music to bear on their own timeless, heart-worn lyrical sensibilities.
Marlin and Frantz met casually at a bluegrass jam session in 2009. They released their debut album in 2010 and since then have steadily picked up speed and fans. The duo spends long stretches on the road, including appearances at Austin City Limits, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and Pickathon. According to NPR, Mandolin Orange performs with “intuitive harmonies and languid lyricism…it all feels so effortless and beautiful, you don’t even realize you’ve been sucked in until the songs reach in and tug hard at your heart.
The Elephant Revival/Mandolin Orange concert is made possible by headlining sponsor Door County Brewing Company, major sponsor The White Gull Inn, and supporting sponsors Parkwood Lodge, Tapuat Kombucha, and Wisconsin Public Radio.
Elephant Revival and Mandolin Orange will perform at DCA at 7pm on Sunday, September 18. Tickets for the concert range from $22 to $44. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made through the DCA box office, located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 12–5pm. Tickets can be purchased in person, on the phone at 920.868.2728, or online at www.dcauditorium.org.