Elephant Revival Brings Harmonies And Love To Athens [Gallery/Review]

first_imgThe band’s other Rose, banjo, mandolin and pedal steel player Charlie Rose, lent his rolling notes and soaring steel licks to the affair, enhancing the feeling of a sacred ritual being performed. Newly added touring percussionist Darren Garvey has shown great musical savvy in finding ways to enhance the band’s sound without changing the atmosphere that has won Elephant Revival a legion of fans across the nation.Guitarist and vocalist Daniel Rodriguez in particular seemed to be in fine spirits and even finer musical spaces, as his grins seemed to outnumber the notes he played. On tracks like “Spinning” and Sea Monster” he handled the lyrical duties with the same devotion to intonation he showed each chord and plucked note throughout the night. His partner in crime at the front of the band, however, stole the show with a bravura performance.Whether captivating the crowd while leading a reverential a cappella version of “The Raven,” coaxing haunting melodies out of a musical saw or driving the tempo with her stomp box, drums and washboard, Bonnie Paine did it all. Sharing the stories behind the mesmerizing music she revealed a slowly forming song cycle as the heart of some of her best loved compositions, promising delighted fans more in the series to come. Simply put, as Paine goes so does Elephant Revival, and as usual she went to the heart of listeners and immediately set up shop for the rest of the evening.The thunderous applause and heartfelt pleas for more kept the band from going too far before returning for a double encore that included the always invigorating ‘Grace Of A Woman” and it’s tribute to the power of women. In a band like Elephant Revival that so wonderfully blends the energy of the sexes, it is truly fitting to see them join their voices and skills together. In a male dominated field like the music industry, it is a welcome sign to see their brand of joy so well received by fans of all ages and genders. Elephant Revival has been winding their way down the Eastern seaboard, reverse tracking the path of the recent storms, bringing sunshine and positive vibrations to those in need.  With a receptive crowd packing the Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA last night eager to hear their brand of transcendental folk music, the band was ready to preach to the choir and convert fresh fans to their cause. Over the course of a set of delicate musical passages and rip roaring sing-a-longs, Elephant Revival did all that and more.Armed with fresh songs from their latest release, Petals, the band played an eclectic set that saw each member take the lead and run with it. Whether it was fiddler Bridget Law calling the tune on band classics like “Single Beds Are Made For One” or bass player Dango Rose showing off vocal skills to match his throbbing intonations on “When I Fall,” the name of the game was parity. Openers River Whyless, from Asheville, North Carolina showed a remarkably resilient and musically dexterous spirit throughout their set. Problems with their gear forced them to abandon their set list and the stage itself to take a special fully acoustic approach to their material. While not a true representation of what this home spun and intriguing band is capable of, the audience was nevertheless taken with their can-do spirit. It’s certain that all those in attendance were charmed by their energy and will be eagerly seeking out the band in the future.last_img read more

In staying in race, Moore is following Bill Clinton’s playbook

first_imgClinton paved the way for Donald Trump to weather the “Access Hollywood” video, for Franken and Conyers to get away with their allegedserial groping, and now for Moore to possibly become the next U.S. senator from Alabama.As for Alabama’s Republican majority, they are left with horrible choices. Some will choke down their bile and vote for Moore to stop a far-left Democrat from taking Alabama’s Senate seat.Others will enthusiastically vote for Moore, believing the lie that the charges against him are all part of some “vast left-wing conspiracy.” Others simply won’t vote at all. This much is certain: They are in this terrible position because of the death of shame in America.For that, we can thank one man: Bill Clinton.Marc A. Thiessen is a fellow with the American Enterprise Institute and former chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush. For Clinton, it worked like a charm. He forced his supporters to choose between power and principle – knowing full well that power would win out.The feminist movement – the very people who should have been championing Clinton’s victims – instead sided with him. Gloria Steinem beclowned herself in a notorious 1998 New York Times op-ed where she attackedClinton’s accusers, made excuses for his deceit and made light of his crimes.All 45 Senate Democrats voted to acquit Clinton in his impeachment trial.Today, with the cavalcade of revelations of sexual transgressions by politicians and celebrities, some Democrats are expressing belated regret that their party rallied around Clinton.Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who occupies Senate seat that Hillary Clinton once held, now says that Bill Clinton should have resigned. Isn’t that convenient?Now that the Clinton political machine is finally defunct, liberals come forward to condemn him? How courageous. Categories: Editorial, OpinionPity poor Alabama voters.On December 12, they must choose between a radical pro-abortion Democrat and an alleged sex predator who has been accused of pursuing and molesting teenage girls. There is no good choice in that equation, and Alabamians should not have to make it. In an earlier era, Roy Moore either would have done the honorable thing out of his own sense of shame or would have been forced to step down so by state party leaders. Instead, he is staying in the race – with the full complicity of Alabama Republican leaders who have defended Moore and attacked his victims.In refusing to step down, Moore is executing a playbook written three decades ago by the 42nd President, Bill Clinton.During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Clinton figured out that if you have no shame and ignore calls to resign, you can survive any scandal.All you have to do is lie repeatedly (“there is nothing going on between us”) and show no remorse when you are caught doing so.When more women come forward with more allegations, deny them, too, and create just enough doubt that your supporters will feel justified sticking with you.Blame your opponents for conducting a political witch hunt to run you out of office.If the evidence becomes overwhelming, then admit “a critical lapse in judgment” but declare it is time “to move on” because “we have important work to do.”center_img More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Liberals not only allowed Bill Clinton to survive; but in his post-presidency, they made him into a Democratic icon – feting him at party conventions and nominating his wife for the White House, hoping to recapture the old Clinton magic.Clinton gambled that Americans would eventually forget his misdeeds. And he was right. He paid no lasting political price for his serial sexual misconduct. Moore is following the Clinton plan to the hilt: Deny the accusations, blame his opponents for carrying out a witch hunt and make his supporters complicit in his misdeeds through their disgusting rationalizations.“You can’t be a victim 40 years later,” said Alabama state Rep. Ed Henry, R, channeling his inner Gloria Steinem. “Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter.They became the parents of Jesus,” Alabama state auditor Jim Zeigler blasphemously declared. Bill Clinton’s legacy was to teach a generation of politicians that shame is for losers. After all, Moore is not alone.Across the aisle, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., and Sen. Al Franken , D-Minn., are also betting that if they just hang on, Americans will forget and they too can survive.last_img read more