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Elephant Revival, April 9-10, Knitting Factory and Reef

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The name Elephant Revival may sound like a witch doctor's work on a pachyderm, but it actually belongs to a Colorado folk quintet whose banjo, mandolin, fiddle and washboard mingle with guitar and bass to define a sound that weaves Scottish/Celtic music with indie rock and traditional ballads.

Lead vocalist Bonnie Paine's voice echoes a weary Sarah McLachlan and evokes images of sun-soaked summer afternoons in the South and contrasts nicely with bassist Dango Rose's Fred Schneider-esque vocals, Sage Cook's gravelly soul and Daniel Rodriguez's Jack Johnson purr.

The group also has a soft spot for the environment. They tour in a 1989 International School Bus powered by vegetable oil, which was Cook's brainchild.

Friday, April 9, opening for Yonder Mountain String Band, 7:30 p.m., $20-$34.50, Knitting Factory, 416 S. Ninth St., bo.knittingfactory.com; Saturday, April 10, 9:45 p.m., $5, Reef, 105 S. Sixth St., reefboise.com.