We Dream Dawn is a three-piece band that includes Sage Cook (formerly of Nederland’s own Elephant Revival), Aera Fox (a Nederland native, herself), and a new member—Colorado drummer Mark Levy (Phil Lesh and Friends, Circles Around the Sun, Bonfire Dub).
One of my favorite things about seeing We Dream Dawn perform is the sense of community they create. Even 10 hours before they stepped onto the stage, Sage expressed his love for community with a Facebook post, inviting friends and strangers alike to use is guest list, as needed.
“I know it has been a crazy week, with all that’s been happening in the world, and I understand if you maybe feel like hunkering down at home, however in times like these sometimes it is best to surround yourself with friends, for we find strength in community and we have quite an inspiring community. Just know I love you all and miss you extremely so I really hope to see you tonight. We have a few guest spots available so if money is keeping you home message me.”
Later, several songs into We Dream Dawn’s set, Sage mentioned the wares they had available for fans to take—CDs, bookmarks, selenite—all at a pay-what-you-can rate. He shared a heart-warming sentiment about how being able to share music and love with everyone was more important than the band having money. Although, he also made an aside: “If you do have money, we’ll take that too, because we can trade that in for food, which is cool.”
Aside from the candid stage banter, those in the crown enjoyed the feel-good music, as well. An old couple danced in the back of the room, taking turns twirling, embracing, and bouncing with each other during some of the higher-energy songs. Patrons took off their shoes and closed their eyes to be one with the sound. We Dream Dawn actually uses an alternative method of tuning their “A” note to 432 Hertz, a vibration that is mathematically consistent with the universe, likening their set with a music therapy session.
There were a lot of songs I enjoyed that I hadn’t heard before. Of course, new renditions of several songs Sage originally wrote and performed while in Elephant Revival were fan favorites, as well. Enion Pelta-Tiller joined We Dream Dawn for a few of those songs, starting with “Fallout Fields” and also including “Go On,” “The Obvious,” and “Down to the Sea.”