The Grateful Ned

If you’ve been missing out on the folksier segment of the Colorado music scene, head up Boulder Canyon to Nederland this weekend for the annual NedFest, where local Nedheads like Vince Herman and Great American Taxi, Bill Nershi’s Blue Planet and Mountain Standard Time share the bill with headliners (Nedliners?) Steve Kimock Crazy Engine and Holy Kimoto.

And pay special attention to Elephant Revival, a Nederland-based quintet that mixes mandolins, fiddles, electric banjo, upright bass, washboards and djembe into a sound the band calls “transcendental folk.” The band's new album, Break in the Clouds, is set for release in November.

“NedFest is great because all of our friends get together and share good times and revolutionary music and ideas,” says Elephant Revival bassist Dango Rose. “We’ve been having a great summer, playing a lot of the Colorado festivals, but this is the one we always look forward to the most. This town is so rich in music and culture.”

The band takes the stage (a Boulder Canyon Drive and East Street) today at 12:30 p.m., and again on Sunday for the after-party at the Black Forest (24 Big Springs Drive)with Mountain Standard Time. Single day passes are $50; kids under twelve are free with a paying adult. Gates open at 10am. For more information, visit
Aug. 28-29, 2010

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Colin Bane
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