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

Dive into the hole…

first_imgby: Anthony DemangoneNAFCU isn’t perfect. There are things we can do better to better serve our members.But I will say this: we try to fill those holes.A common thread we heard from our members over the past few years was that NAFCU needed a system to provide model policies and procedures to its members.  Facing a regulatory avalanche, our members needed help.Dan Berger pushed us to find a solution.During our recent annual conference, we announced a strategic alliance with CBANC. CBANC is an awesome company out of Austin, Texas. I’m very excited to work with them.  And here’s why… continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

“Bring a book and take a book” book exchange hailed a tremendous success

first_imgLocalNews “Bring a book and take a book” book exchange hailed a tremendous success by: – July 19, 2011 Participants at Saturday’s book exchange at the Portsmouth Market. Photo credit: Nature Island Literary Festival.Polly Pattullo of Papillote Press and a member of the Nature Island Literary Festival has described the “Bring a book and take a book” book exchange as a tremendous success.“We had our book exchange at the Portsmouth Market between 7:00 to 10:00am and several people came, it was a good success. We also had entertainment with two young poets presenting live poetry to the audience as well as pan music. There was a rich range of material to suit everyone,” she told Dominica Vibes News.Ms. Pattullo explained that the book exchange was organized to increase interest and love for reading and to make books available particularly for persons who like to read but cannot find or afford to buy them. Hence, apart from exchanging a book, participants were also able to purchase books at very reasonable prices from $1.00 to $5.00.Meantime Ms. Pattullo informed Dominica Vibes News that the Nature Island Literary Festival will be hosting another book exchange on 30th July, 2011 at the Roseau Market.“We enjoyed doing the book exchange and are looking forward to the second one this month end in Roseau. It will be at the Roseau Market from about the same time, 7:00 to 10:00 am,” she said. Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share 10 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Fireworks Expected in Nnewi as Ifeanyiubah Takes on Rivers Utd

first_imgHead coach, Yaw Preko is spoilt for choice in a squad teeming with quality personnel.Captain Ikechukwu Ezenwa remains one of the best goalkeepers in West Africa while Valentine Nwabili, Onyekachi Akakem, Elu Wilson and Stephen Eze make up an extremely impregnable-looking ‘back four’.In Madrano Tamen, FCIU possess probably the most naturally-gifted playmaker in the land while Kone Yaya, Jimoh Oni, King Osanga and the enigmatic Prince Aggrey represent threats from midfield and up top.Seka Paschal and the Brazilian, Alberico Da Silva can also influence issues as impact substitutes while new addition, Ifeanyi Onuigbo comes with bags of experience.Rivers United forward, Maduabuchi Okereke knows the inner workings of FCIU quite well having played for the Anambra Warriors last term.He insists that the Pride of Rivers will be vanquished unless they play the perfect game on Wednesday.“I know most (of the FCIU) players very well and I have spoken to some ahead of this game.“They are eager to beat Rivers United just as they did last season and if we don’t play a perfect game, I don’t think we can avoid defeat because they are very determined and have very good players.“Last season, I played against Rivers United (in Nnewi) and I did well (he grabbed the assist for the first goll of the game that finished 2-0).“Now, I face my former club and my expectation is to do much better than I did last season,” he told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng.While FCIU appears to be the overwhelming favourites on paper, United, unbeaten in their last NPFL matches, have been flying under the radar and quietly and effectively going about their business.The Port Harcourt club has been effective if not spectacular this term and is just one of three unbeaten sides in the NPFL.Wednesday’s game against FCIU however represents their sternest test thus far but club captain, Festus Austin is making the right noises and understandably so.“Last season’s visit to Nnewi was not a good one for us but we know what is at stake for us.“We just have to improve on our performances away from home.“The objective is to at least avoid defeat in Nnewi,” he said.Wednesday’s contest promises to be fascinating and intriguing; the force of nature up against the immovable object – surely, something has to give.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Another special treat awaits followers of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this afternoon as two of the most exciting sides in the land, FC Ifeanyiubah and Rivers United square up in one of the glamour ties of the round.The FC Ifeanyiubah Stadium, Nnewi is the arena for today’s game which will see two of Nigeria’s representatives in CAF’s inter-club competitions battle for supremacy.FC Ifeanyiubah’s home form is fearsome to say the least. They totally outclassed high-flying MFM FC 4-0 in the only game played in front of their vociferous supporters thus far.last_img read more