Elephant Listening Project (ELP) is a power pop/rock band from Marin County consisting of songwriter Erik Smyth (lead vocal/guitar) Loring Jones (drums) Steven Winter (bass) and Danny Uzi (lead guitar). The music is guitar driven and melodic with well-crafted songs as its core. Members of the group have played in The Mo’fessionals, The Coup, Montrose, and Chrome Johnson among others. This supergroup is known for their musical mastery and their experience is always evident in their live performances.
In the early morning hours of August 19th, 2012 Smyth and Uzi were severely injured returning to San Anselmo after a show in Cotati when they were hit head on by a driver speeding the wrong way on Highway 101.
The March 1st Sweetwater show signifies the band’s triumphant return to the big stage and miraculous physical recovery. With the aid and resources of friends, family and the Bay Area music community, Smyth and Uzi healed and recovered and remain dedicated to making music despite the lasting effects of the accident.
The event includes a silent auction of valuable services and collectible items donated to ELP in the wake of their devastating post-gig car accident last summer.
The generosity of the Bay Area music community cannot be overstated and collections organized to support Smyth and Uzi generated an amazing assortment of items available for bid at the Sweetwater performance in March. Auction items include private performances by popular local bands and collectibles including autographed memorabilia from Lynyrd Skynrd, Metallica, Stanley Mouse and Santana.