Yonder Mountain String Band - Presented by WCBE
A&R Music Bar - Columbus, OH
Thursday, July 6, 2017; Doors open at 7:30 PM
$35.00 Advance / $40.00 Day of Show
General Admission - All Ages
Fusing bluegrass with elements of rock, progressive, and improvisational music, the Yonder Mountain String Band have become one of the most celebrated acts on the acoustic music scene, thanks to the group's inventive style and busy touring schedule. The group's story began in Urbana, Illinois, where Dave Johnston, met fellow student Jeff Austin. Johnston played banjo in a local acoustic band called the Bluegrassholes, and when he learned Austin was a novice mandolin player, he invited him to join. Austin and Johnston soon crossed paths with a pair of like-minded musicians, guitarist Adam Aijala and bassist Ben Kaufmann. In December 1998, the new quartet adopted the name the Yonder Mountain String Band, and landed their first gig, opening for a band called Runaway Truck Tramps at Boulder's Fox Theater. Given the band's collective musical interests, which ranged from punk rock to the Grateful Dead, the Yonder Mountain String Band began attracting an audience that went beyond traditional bluegrass fans, and as they began gigging extensively, they won an especially loyal audience on the Jam Band circuit.
For the next several years, the Yonder Mountain String Band concentrated on live work, playing theaters and festivals across the country, but the band surprised fans in April 2014, when it was announced that Jeff Austin had left the group, in what the YMSB called (in a press release) an amicable departure due to varying career goals and creative pursuits. The group invited two musicians to join them on their subsequent live dates, Jacob Jolliff on mandolin and Allie Kral on violin, and this five-piece edition of the Yonder Mountain String Band recorded a studio album, Black Sheep, which was slated for release by Frog Pad in June 2015.