The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Advertisement
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
Advertisement
Mexico fans react after Mexico F Julián Quiñones 73rd-minute goal during the MexTour match between Mexico and Brazil at Kyle Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
‘The stuff of dreams’
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • June 11, 2024

As soon as the Mexico-Brazil soccer match at Kyle Field was announced, Jacob Svetz and Caitlin Falke saw an opportunity.  The match was scheduled...

Advertisement
The Fighting Texas Aggie Band performs at halftime during Texas A&Ms football game against ULM at Kyle Field on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Gridiron glory to multi-event marvel
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • June 7, 2024

Special teams: Special events  “My favorite thing about an event is seeing the people come into the stadium and seeing their excitement...

Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
'I was terrified'
April 25, 2024
Advertisement
Chris Hemsworth as Dementus in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga.
Review: ‘Furiosa’ is a must-see
Justin ChenJune 4, 2024

My jaw dropped open in 2016. Rarely in life does that happen, but the viewing experience of “Mad Max: Fury Road" was something to behold....

Texas A&M pitcher Chris Cortez (10) reacts during Texas A&M’s game against Oregon at the NCAA Bryan-College Station Super Regional at Olsen Field on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
One step away
June 8, 2024

Folk duo Ordinary Elephant to perform at Village Café

Ordinary+Elephant
Photo by Provided
Ordinary Elephant

Ordinary Elephant has toured the world and are set to bring their live, folk sound to Bryan.
On Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m., the Americana duo will play at The Village Cafe in downtown Bryan in support of their latest studio album, “Honest.”
The Village Cafe has particular importance to the husband and wife duo. Pete and Crystal met when they were both performing at the same Village Cafe at a singer-songwriter night in 2009.
“It was an all-original open mic, so you had to play your own music,” Pete said. “[Crystal and I] were friends at first, for the first few months, and after a year we started dating. In 2011, I got a banjo, and that’s when we started playing together.”
While they did play together before Pete bought himself a banjo, it was the six-string instrument that solidified the two as a musical duo, said Crystal.
“We played together a little bit before [the banjo],” Crystal said. “We were both playing guitar, it was fine, but it [just] didn’t click.”
After the banjo united both of their artistic visions, the duo began to play more live shows in Bryan and later in Houston. In 2014, Pete and Crystal decided to go on tour. This wasn’t a spur of the moment decision however; Crystal said she and Pete researched the decision for months and finally decided it was time to pursue their dreams.
“People are going to think we’re crazy, but why not?” Crystal said. “We could always go back. At first, I quit my job, and he was working full time remotely, so that allowed me more time to write. We started doing open mics all over the country and built a little community of people, and that made us realize, maybe this is what we’re supposed to be.”
Pete said their romantic relationship influenced their music, but it is clear that it has also provided the glue to their artistry.
“Our relationship influenced our ability to be persistent, [to] have realistic expectations, which eventually became a career,” Pete said. “If we were just friends, other circumstances would’ve drawn us elsewhere.”
While Crystal and Pete performed at local open mic nights in Houston, interested attendees would ask if they had any recordings of their music. Thus, their first project “Dusty Words and Cardboard Boxes” was born, Crystal said.
In 2017, Ordinary Elephant released their debut studio album “Before I Go,” a project that contained a big folk band sound. With “Honest,” the duo wanted to strip down the instrumentation and further explore their honest songwriting voice, Crystal said.
“‘Honest’ is more stripped-down sounding than ‘Before I Go,’ and that was a conscious decision,” Crystal said. “The second album had the folk band vibe, but we perform as a duo, so we felt like we wanted to have something that felt more representative of what we do in a live show, and that was our goal with that album. When you walk away from it [‘Honest’] still sounds like a duo record.”
After 10 years of touring the world and receiving accolades like The International Folk Music Artist of 2018, Ordinary Elephant is coming back to where it all started. Crystal said sharing their talent with the people of Bryan is another exciting opportunity.
“Being able to come back now and to see how much that growth has continued and where it brought us is really cool.” Crystal said. “There are people coming that we knew from our other lives, that have stayed with us despite leaving those jobs, they’re excited for this other part of our lives.”
Pete said for the show on Saturday, he wants to bring a big venue feeling to a college city cafe.
“We’ll be [performing in a way] that’ll be different for The Village,” Pete said. “[We’re]excited to bring that format to The Village. I don’t know if there’s another place in town that does that, where people sit and listen and focus on the art being presented. We found some amazing rooms that only do that on our travel, it’s our favorite way to experience and present music.”
Saturday night’s event will be hosted by Bryan-based musician Joey McGee, who will also be playing original music of his own. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students.
Tickets can be purchased at www.ordinaryelephant.net/the-village. For more information about Ordinary Elephant’s performance at The Village Cafe, call (979) 703-8514.

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *