We Dream Dawn, Saturday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., goldhillmesa.com.
ive years ago, just as Nederland, Colorado’s Elephant Revival were hitting their commercial stride, co-founder Sage Cook left the band and moved back to his home state of Kansas. It was a risky proposition, but not without reason: A close friend was facing serious health problems, and Cook was also fascinated by the idea of subsistence farming, an endeavor that continues to be more time-consuming than he’d expected. It was, Cook told Colorado Public Radio, a matter of “crazy Utopian ideals about growing your own food, trying to live a little closer to the land, and feeding off that sort of inspiration. It definitely wasn’t the smartest decision I’ve ever made… but in the long run, I think it’s gonna pay off.” Cook’s current outfit We Dream Dawn is what the frontman describes as “a band with a farming problem,” but that hasn’t stood in the way of their music, which is a bit rockier, but no less engaging, than that of his former group. Nor has he lost touch with the easygoing hospitality that’s long been part of the jam-band scene. “Feel free to stop in for a visit,” he offers on the band’s website. “We can put you up in Bessie, Elephant Revival’s old vegetable oil-powered school bus, and maybe even play some music around the fire.”