Photos by Emily Takacs
On Friday, November 8th, 2013 two voyagers and a horde of equipment known collectively as EOTO landed in East Tennessee to perform at Knoxville’s NV Nightclub. Before the show, cosmic co-pilots Jason Hann and Michael Travis were kind enough to sit down and share their thoughts on the directions of EOTO, the human species, and everything in between. Of course, their performance was as diverse as the topics covered during our conversation, ranging from down-tempo electronica merged seamlessly with roaring bass grooves, to full-scale tribal drumming at the end. Check out the recording or scroll down for the full-text version of our 30-minute rap.
Matt: So, continuous evolution seems to be a theme that you guys live by. It sort of seems to be the mantra both for Cheese and EOTO. Is that – or was that – ever a conscious decision? To do that, and sort of say hey let’s continue to propel this thing. Or, are you responding to fan feedback, or is it more of a mirroring of your own personal journeys as human beings?
Michael Travis: All of the above, yeah. I mean like, with Cheese we were always progressing, you know, from the minute we started. We were never settling with where we were at, and always randomly followed whatever we decided was the thing to be doing at the time. And EOTO — same way. EOTO is so easy to modulate because we have no songs or anything to get hung up on or to make it more difficult to reinvent ourselves.
After reviewing Elephant Revival’s last visit to Boston, I was thrilled by the opportunity to interview some members of the band before their recent show in Boston. Jeremy and I sat down with Bonnie (vocals, percussion, musical saw) and Dango (vocals, bass) on a tapestry they graciously offered, and chatted to the tune of their openers, Mike and Ruthy.
The show which followed truly demonstrated the growth the band has seen over the course of just one year – the venue and their audience were both larger this time around, and they reflected this with a stage presence that was only topped by…a baby! That’s right, Mike and Ruthy blessed us with the vocals of their darling daughter during the anthem, “Grace of Woman.” Not more than two years old, she clutched onto the microphone and clapped away onstage to the joy of band members and the audience.
Any Bostonians who missed this show had best know better next time, and to those in cities where Elephant Revival is heading for the remainder of their tour – you’ve got a lot to look forward to!
Many thanks to Bonnie, Dango, and their manager Tanya for this interview, and to all the other talented artists who graced the stage!
I was lucky enough to see you perform recently, at the Freshgrass Music Festival in Northampton, MA, where Bonnie played the musical saw. Bonnie, where did you learn to play such an unusual instrument?
Bonnie: My friend Bruce Townshend taught me – we played in a band together with one of my sisters, and he gave me my first musical saw.
You hiked the hills; you camped in the trees; you witnessed the bubbles (and that naked guy); you can make a peacock bird call like a master; you danced yourself silly…now relive the magic with these fun photos.
Photos by Terry Rogers
Many of you are probably already fans of String Cheese Radio on Facebook or follow @SCIRadio on twitter. If you are then you already know that you can get live updates of the currently playing show on twitter and read the latest updates from the world of SCI and beyond on Facebook. If you’re not then what are you waiting for?!
I was poking around on http://livecheese.com and found this amazing show from The Fox Theatre in Redwood City, CA – 12-08-2003. Larry Fox has named this the best show of 2003. Definitely worth checking out.
12/08/2003 Fox Theatre – Redwood City, CA
² with only Nershi and Kyle
^ unfinishedFirst Time Played: Riders on the Storm (Doors cover), Across the Universe (Beatles cover)
Since 2008, String Cheese Radio has streamed String Cheese Incident relentlessly. Day and night with few breaks. Today you are witnessing a transformation. We are diving a bit deeper into the legacy of this Colorado jam band. You may be aware of a certain band which has been SCI’s greatest influence. This band is also known for their live show spectacles and unique history. Just like SCI, they’ve taken some time off but they’re back and reminding music lovers what a festivallllll is all about! They can put a smile on your face in an instant and they can keep it there all night long. They have a serious silly side that I think you will love. You may be asking yourself…. who is this incredible band? Well then I say to you: You. Must. Ask. The FISH!
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It’s always a nice surprise to show up to a bluegrass show and see a packed house, especially in an urban east coast venue. The intimate Church of Boston holds 225 people but it was near capacity this past Thursday night. Chasing Blue started things off with Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Cabinet playing second. San Francisco based bluegrass rockers, Hot Buttered Rum headlined the night.
Cabinet is a 6 piece band with a lively bluegrass sound and a skilled drummer that kept my feet moving. They were the perfect way to get pumped for the main event, Hot Buttered Rum. Somehow this lovable bluegrass band Read more…
Some Railroad Earth photos from this past weekend!
03/08/13 (Fri) Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT
Set 1: The Jupiter and the 119 – > Jerusalem Ridge, Elko, Bread and Water, Old Man and the Land, Walk Beside Me, Lovin’ You, The Hunting Song, Potter’s Field – > Head, Hard Livin’, E: RV
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Photos by: CJohansen Photography