Coming up in October 2012, Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band will tour in East Coast and Midwest markets.
It’s not often you hear of a neo-bluegrass band breaking into the national spotlight with a performance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, tour dates with Dave Matthews, and selling out 9,000 seat venues (i.e., Red Rocks Amphitheater). Yonder Mountain String Band is clearly the exception to the rule, having performed in front of 250,000 fans over the past year and acquiring more than 153,000 “Likes” on their Facebook page. Now in their 14th year as a group, Yonder continues to sell-out top music venues across the country including The Fillmore (San Francisco, CA), Red Rocks Amphitheater (Denver, CO), Pepsi Center (Denver, CO), Best Buy Theater (NYC), Stubb’s (Austin, TX), House of Blues (Chicago, IL) and others.
Yonder Mountain String Band is comprised of Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Jeff Austin (mandolin, vocals), Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals) and Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals). With the band having one of the strongest touring bases in the industry, fans and critics alike have been drawn to both their live shows and singular studio albums. Reporting from the All Good Music Festival (2009), journalist Jarrett Bellini from CNN Showbiz Tonight notes, “The trophy for best musical set goes to Yonder Mountain String Band who, as the sun began to set, left it all on the stage for an hour and a half. The pickers from Colorado had the audience dancing and shaking, kicking up a joyful storm of dust into the cool summer sky.”
Commenting on their latest studio recording The Show, Rolling Stone critic Will Hermes says, “The concept is great: liberate bluegrass’ hot-shit riffing and blue-sky harmonies from its hidebound formalism and see where it flies. This Boulder, CO crew brings dazzling chops to the table.” Produced by rock producer Tom Rothrock (Beck, Foo Fighters), The Show marks Yonder’s second go around with Rothrock and their fifth studio album released on their independent label, Frog Pad Records. Featuring the band backed by Elvis Costello’s sideman Pete Thomas on drums on six tracks, The Show includes 14 original compositions written by various band members.
Yonder has always played music by its own design. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences, they’ve come to pioneer a sound that they alone could only champion. With a traditional lineup of instruments, they may appear to be a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they’ve taken the customary old-timey instrumentation (sans the fiddle) to new heights, transcending any single genre. Yonder has become a regular performer at major music festivals like the iconic Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit and DelFest as well as massive multi-stage events like Austin City Limits Festival, Bonnaroo and Rothbury.
Upcoming Yonder Mountain String Band Tour Dates (August – October 2012):
August 3, 2012 @ Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA w/ Guest Appearance by Phil Lesh *SOLD OUT
August 4, 2012 @ Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, CA w/ Guest Appearance by Phil Lesh *SOLD OUT
August 5, 2012 @ GAIA Festival in Laytonville, CA
August 9 – 12, 2012 @ Northwest String Summit at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, OR
August 24 – 25, 2012 @ Kinfolk Celebration at Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO
September 8, 2012 @ Catskill Chill Music Festival
September 14 – 15, 2012 @ Jomeokee Music and Arts Festival in Pinnacle, NC
October 3, 2012 @ Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, NC
October 4, 2012 @ Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA
October 5, 2012 @ 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival in Chattanooga, TN
October 6, 2012 @ Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN
October 9, 2012 @ Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY
October 10, 2012 @ The Blue Note in Columbia, MO
October 11 – 13, 2012 @ Harvest Festival in Ozark, AR
October 17, 2012 @ Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, WI
October 18, 2012 @ Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, IN
October 19 & 20, 2012 @ House of Blues in Chicago, IL
October 24 & 25, 2012 @ Higher Ground in Burlington, VT
October 26, 2012 @ Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA
October 27, 2012 @ The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD
December 12 – 16, 2012 @ “Strings & Sol” at Dreams Tulum Resort in Tulum, Mexico