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.


From our sponsors:
Yonder Mountain String Band
March 25, 2023
6:30PM, 8PM Show | All Ages
$29.50 ADV, $35 Doors, $39.50 21+ Balcony
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Crystal Ballroom
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.




  1. AnnMarie Redente on January 10, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    LOVE this band!!

    • Rob on February 3, 2023 at 10:49 am

      Might as well, might as well.

  2. Antonia Perkins on January 10, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    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!

  3. Michael Duey on January 10, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    Yonder is in my blood!

    • Carolyn Ingram on March 16, 2023 at 4:53 pm

      Would be a great show to see with my bluegrass jam friends!

  4. S on January 10, 2023 at 3:41 pm

    Id love to take my partner on a date to this!

  5. Ryan Jones on January 10, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    Would love to go!

  6. Secret Belanger on January 11, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    Seeing this band sounds like a really fun time!

  7. leonard on January 11, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    love bluegrass

  8. Carol Trekas on January 11, 2023 at 10:28 pm


  9. Sam S on January 13, 2023 at 10:14 am

    Solid bluegrass night!

  10. Adam on January 13, 2023 at 10:49 am

    Sounds like a knee slapping good time!

  11. Linda on January 14, 2023 at 9:35 am

    Sounds like this will be a fun time!

  12. Nora Beuke Salle on January 17, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    Major fan since high school! Have never gotten to see them, but would absolutely adore to!!

    Xoxo Pat and Patti

  13. Joe trekas on January 17, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    Would love to take my wife to see this band.

  14. Aly on January 18, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    Oh wow, one of my favorite bands! I would love to boogie to bluegrass!!!!

  15. Jen on January 19, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    They are so fantastic, would love this!

  16. Ed on January 22, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    Never got to see these guys !!!! Would love to see them.

  17. bobby on January 24, 2023 at 12:39 pm

    would love to take a trip down yonder!

  18. Mel on January 24, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    More fiddle!

  19. Nicole E. on January 25, 2023 at 8:48 am

    Oooo yes! Crystal Ballroom is such a cool venue too.

  20. Glenn on January 25, 2023 at 9:04 am

    I can feel the floor at the Crystal Ballroom bouncing already!!!

  21. Pepper on January 25, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    Love to seeme some yonder!

  22. Colt on January 25, 2023 at 8:56 pm

    These guys are AWESOME! It would be so fun to see them live again.

  23. Chrisi S on January 26, 2023 at 10:46 am

    This would be so fun!

  24. Doc Ramblings on January 26, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    Love this band and the jam-grass vibes. This is my birthday month, so it would be a really sweet treat.

  25. Alexis on January 27, 2023 at 11:33 am

    It has been so long since ive seen yonder. I would love to dance my butt off.

  26. Cachelle on January 29, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    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.

  27. Madeline Nico on January 30, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    Yonder Mountain String Band… this would be an amazing night <3

  28. Maggie on February 2, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    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!

    • Barb finn on March 7, 2023 at 12:39 pm

      I’d love to see them in person their music is so joyful!

  29. Jim W. on February 2, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Haven’t seen Yonder Mountain since I lived in Colorado. I’d love to see them again!

  30. Cory on February 7, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    Yonder we shall come!!

  31. Meghan on February 7, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    We love Yonder!
    I wish my baby had deep pockets

  32. Kilee van Driel on February 7, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    Long time fans of YMSB!! Would love to surprise my sweetie with tickets!

  33. Heidi on February 7, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    Yes, ready to jam!

  34. John W on February 7, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    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!

  35. Avery on February 7, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    Yonder = Transcendence. Pretty pretty PLEAAASE hook it up!

  36. Aletha A on February 8, 2023 at 12:52 am

    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!

  37. Angela on February 9, 2023 at 8:32 am

    I’d jump off the cliff if Yonder Mountain were at the bottom playing.

  38. Matt on February 9, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Give me some of the grass jam and let me spread it on my toast!

  39. Zach Kesler on February 12, 2023 at 5:40 pm

    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

  40. Cara on February 13, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    I’ll dance to that!

  41. Andrea keeling on February 13, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    Yonder or wander

  42. Cath on February 14, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    This would be such a fun date night!

  43. Hunter on February 14, 2023 at 12:45 pm

    Ready to get my stomp on!

  44. Molly on February 14, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    Would love to gift this to my friend — it’s her birthday!

  45. Rob on February 16, 2023 at 10:38 am

    Okee doke

  46. Justin McAllister on February 16, 2023 at 3:11 pm

    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.

  47. Brig on February 21, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    YMSB here in Portland? Yes, please.

  48. Dee on February 21, 2023 at 2:14 pm

    We’d love to win these!

  49. Sandra on February 21, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    Can’t…stop…my…foot…from bouncing! Let’s DANCE!!!

    • Michael Snyder on February 21, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      I love Yonder and the Lincoln! I’d be ecstatic to see them

  50. Scott on February 23, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    Yonder makes me feel lucky!

  51. Tina on February 28, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    I love the Yonder Mountain String Band – I would be so excited to go to this show!

  52. Lorea on February 28, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    Yonder me please!!🎵🎵🎵🎵🎶🎶🎶🎶💙💙💙💙😍😍😍😍

  53. Jason on February 28, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    Last time I saw Yonder Mountain was at Red Rocks. Would like to see them at a smaller venue.

  54. Calley on February 28, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    These guys never disappoint! Would love to catch this show!

  55. Rox on February 28, 2023 at 9:24 pm

    I need music in my life again. Would love to see them!

  56. Cachelle on March 2, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    Putting my name in a second time cause I really want to take my friend to this show!

  57. Erika on March 4, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    Great band, love Bluegrass!

  58. David rottenberg on March 7, 2023 at 11:30 am

    Love them, would love to see them Live!

  59. Lisa L. on March 7, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    Oh yeah!!!!🪕🪕🎻🎻

  60. YB on March 8, 2023 at 8:43 am


  61. Ed Travalia on March 10, 2023 at 7:58 am

    All of my musician friends absolutely love these guys and I’ve never seen them live. Would love to check them out.

  62. Denice Sheffer on March 14, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    We are a bluegrass band in Gresham. Love Yonder Mountain. Let’s go!

  63. Danielle on March 14, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    My husband and I would really enjoy this show.

  64. shenais on March 14, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    this sounds like a blast!

  65. Xin on March 15, 2023 at 8:57 am

    Love the music!

  66. K on March 16, 2023 at 5:11 pm

    Would love to see them for the first time!

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