DURANGO, Colo. – Bluegrass opens the Winter Performing Arts Series at the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College as the Infamous Stringdusters Ski Tour makes a stop in Durango Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, 7 p.m., with special guest Elephant Revival.
The “live” Stringdusters’ experience is revered as “anti-formulaic, groove-friendly and mind-expanding – not your granddaddy’s bluegrass, unless your granddaddy was Jerry Garcia.” Extended improvisation makes every performance unique.
Of a recent show in Grand Rapids, Mich., MusicMauraders.com wrote, “The band tore down the house multiple times with jams containing peaks that seemingly had no ceiling during their beautifully intense rises. With each member legitimately virtuosic at his craft, the band gave one of the most impressive bluegrass performances I’ve ever witnessed.”
Based in Nashville, Tenn., the Infamous Stringdusters consists of six professional players - Andy Falco (guitar), Andy Hall (dobro), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), Jesse Cobb (mandolin) and Travis Book (upright bass). All are steeped in the tradition of bluegrass vocal harmony as well as the progressive edge of instrumental music, and their virtuosity has enabled them to take acoustic music to a completely new level. With a repertoire that touches on masters from Jimmy Martin to John Hartford, the Infamous Stringdusters’ strength lies in its original compositions.
The band’s 2007 debut release Fork in the Road was named Album of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. The title track received the IBMA Song of the Year, with the band itself honored as Best Emerging Artist.
The Stringdusters in April 2010 released its third and most ambitious album, Things That Fly, which has been described as “expansive, imaginatively textured and energized by collaboration through and through.” The instrumental “Magic #9” featured on the album earned the Stringdusters its first Grammy nomination in the Best Country Instrumental Performance category.
In October 2011 the band released We’ll Do it Live, the first album on the Infamous Stringdusters' own label: High Country Recordings. The 13 tracks were recorded on the road between April 29 and May 7, 2011, and are available for digital download on Facebook.com/thestringdusters.
Elephant Revival, the Stringdusters’ special guest, is a neo-acoustic quintet said to be on the cutting edge of an emerging new genre called “Transcendental Folk.” The band offers a vast repertoire of original material, as well as carefully selected traditionals, with a live performance showcasing styles from Celtic fiddle and folk ballads to psychedelic country and indie rock.
Wrote Marquee Magazine, “Following the lead, but not the footsteps, of groups like Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain String Band, the five-piece Elephant Revival has created a unique and appealing modern acoustic sound simultaneously soaked in all manner of tradition.”
The band features Bonnie Paine (vocals, washboard, jdembe, musical saw), Sage Cook (electric banjo/guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola, vocals), Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar, vocals) and Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals).
Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZJU4mp8N84 to view a live performance of Elephant Revival.
Tickets for Infamous Stringdusters, with special guest Elephant Revival – $24/$34 – are available on-line at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 970.247.7657, or at the Ticket Office in Downtown Durango at 7th St. and Main Ave. All sales final.
Showtime is 7 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 6 p.m.
The Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, as well as through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.