Win Tickets ($70): Yonder Mountain String Band @ Crystal Ballroom | Jam-grass
We are giving you another chance to WIN a pair of tickets to Yonder Mountain String Band @ Crystal Ballroom on March 25. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed March 20.
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Yonder Mountain String Band
March 25, 2023
6:30PM, 8PM Show | All Ages
$29.50 ADV, $35 Doors, $39.50 21+ Balcony
More info: crystalballroompdx.com
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
With their latest album, “Get Yourself Outside,” Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band once again echoes out into the universe their place as not only a pioneering jam-grass act, but also one of the most innovative groups in the live music scene – something the groundbreaking ensemble has proudly held high for the better part of a quarter-century.
“The whole thing has always been about the energy and the connection between all of us onstage and everyone out in the audience,” says guitarist Adam Aijala. “And with this iteration of Yonder Mountain, we’re really tapping into that onstage connection once again.”
This chapter of YMSB is one of my facets. Aside from the obvious nature of the new album, it’s a complete restart for the live music industry – slowly reawakening itself after a year and a half of radio silence during the early stages of the pandemic. Internally, it’s also a fresh start for the group in welcoming its newest member, mandolinist Nick Piccininni.
“Nick is an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist. He’s also a great singer with a magnetic stage presence,” Aijala says. “And he’s in such a creative space right now, something that has brought a whole new vibe and dynamic to the band. But, at the same time, he’s such a natural fit.”
Recorded during the shutdown at Cinder Sound Studio (Gunbarrel, Colorado) co-produced by Yonder Mountain and John McVey, “Get Yourself Outside” (Frog Pad Records) is a musical odyssey of string instruments and sonic textures.
“We want the listener to get outside of your own head, get outside the box or container that you’ve created around yourself – look outside and see what else is out there,” says bassist Ben Kaufmann.
What started out as back-and-forth online interactions between the band members soon shifted into Yonder Mountain entering the studio after several months apart – this genuine, intrinsic urge within each musician to capture the unique chemistry and magic of playing live in the studio.
“We knew we had to take greater advantage of our time off the road. So, we started to collaborate and realized we had all of these songs,” Kaufmann says. “It was kind of a trick to figure out how to get together and record safely. But, we’re glad that we did and what came from it.”
“Some of the song ideas were older. But, a lot of the ideas happened during the pandemic,” Aijala adds. “It was interesting, because Nick had a bunch of ideas that emerged from the pandemic and he’s heavily featured on the record.”
There’s the usual foot-stomping melodies and sorrowful ballads that reside at the core of the Yonder Mountain signature tone. But, there’s also a deep, honest sense of renewal and rejuvenation running through the heart of the record.
“This album was a learning experience for the band, from bringing Nick in to navigating the shutdown as a nationally touring band to working on new material,” Kaufmann says. “There’s a blessing to this life to be able to play music for a living, and ‘Get Yourself Outside’ is a testament to that, which is why it’s been such a joy to finally play these songs live.”
Regardless of the free-flowing, ever-evolving ebb and flow of its sound and journey, Yonder Mountain still stands atop the ancient rock foundation of the “high, lonesome sound” that is bluegrass music.
LOVE this band!!
Might as well, might as well.
I’d love to go with my husband to see Yonder, we had our first date at a Yonder Fillmore show in SF over 20 years ago!
Yonder is in my blood!
Would be a great show to see with my bluegrass jam friends!
Id love to take my partner on a date to this!
Would love to go!
Seeing this band sounds like a really fun time!
Solid bluegrass night!
Sounds like a knee slapping good time!
Sounds like this will be a fun time!
Major fan since high school! Have never gotten to see them, but would absolutely adore to!!
Xoxo Pat and Patti
Would love to take my wife to see this band.
Oh wow, one of my favorite bands! I would love to boogie to bluegrass!!!!
They are so fantastic, would love this!
Never got to see these guys !!!! Would love to see them.
would love to take a trip down yonder!
Oooo yes! Crystal Ballroom is such a cool venue too.
I can feel the floor at the Crystal Ballroom bouncing already!!!
Love to seeme some yonder!
These guys are AWESOME! It would be so fun to see them live again.
This would be so fun!
Love this band and the jam-grass vibes. This is my birthday month, so it would be a really sweet treat.
It has been so long since ive seen yonder. I would love to dance my butt off.
Please pick me! My friend is visiting that weekend and this would be perfect for us! Love yonder and I’ve never been to a show at the crystal ballroom.
Yonder Mountain String Band… this would be an amazing night <3
I worked one of their shows about 12 years ago and wasn’t able to get down like I wish I could have. Would love to be able to see them again and dance!
I’d love to see them in person their music is so joyful!
Haven’t seen Yonder Mountain since I lived in Colorado. I’d love to see them again!
Yonder we shall come!!
We love Yonder!
I wish my baby had deep pockets
Long time fans of YMSB!! Would love to surprise my sweetie with tickets!
Yes, ready to jam!
We are big fans of the yonder Mountain string band and Bluegrass. My lady’s finally recovered from back surgery and she’s keen to start dancing again!
Yonder = Transcendence. Pretty pretty PLEAAASE hook it up!
Good live music like this is the best therapy! Would love to dance and get some healing with YMSB! Need to check seeing them off my bucket list!
I’d jump off the cliff if Yonder Mountain were at the bottom playing.
Give me some of the grass jam and let me spread it on my toast!
I need some Yonder really bad and I really can’t afford a ticket since I am living homeless but I saw them at many String Summits and Crystal Ballroom shows
I’ll dance to that!
Yonder or wander
This would be such a fun date night!
Ready to get my stomp on!
Would love to gift this to my friend — it’s her birthday!
I love me some bluegrass and despite living in Portland for 25+ years I’ve never seen a show at the Crystal. Sad but true.
YMSB here in Portland? Yes, please.
We’d love to win these!
Can’t…stop…my…foot…from bouncing! Let’s DANCE!!!
I love Yonder and the Lincoln! I’d be ecstatic to see them
Yonder makes me feel lucky!
I love the Yonder Mountain String Band – I would be so excited to go to this show!
Yonder me please!!🎵🎵🎵🎵🎶🎶🎶🎶💙💙💙💙😍😍😍😍
Last time I saw Yonder Mountain was at Red Rocks. Would like to see them at a smaller venue.
These guys never disappoint! Would love to catch this show!
I need music in my life again. Would love to see them!
Putting my name in a second time cause I really want to take my friend to this show!
Great band, love Bluegrass!
Love them, would love to see them Live!
THESE GUYS ARE THE BEST!
All of my musician friends absolutely love these guys and I’ve never seen them live. Would love to check them out.
We are a bluegrass band in Gresham. Love Yonder Mountain. Let’s go!
My husband and I would really enjoy this show.
this sounds like a blast!
Love the music!
Would love to see them for the first time!