Win Tickets ($70): Yonder Mountain String Band @ Crystal Ballroom | Jam-grass

We are giving away 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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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
More info: crystalballroompdx.com

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.

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36 Comments

  1. Cory on November 8, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Love me some YMSB!!!

  2. Jason on November 8, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    RIP Jeff Austin
    Long Live NWSS!

  3. Brian on November 8, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Could this be my chicken dinner? Win.rar

    Bonnnaaaroooooooooo.

    • Amber Goa on November 22, 2022 at 2:36 pm

      Love Yonder 🤍 Right near my birthday too.

  4. Adam on November 8, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    Time to get some new boots! 🤠

  5. Sunny ☀️ on November 8, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    StrinGsssss

  6. Alyssa Burnett on November 8, 2022 at 5:37 pm

    Oh how I would love to win tickets to this show! ✨

  7. Roy Nifoussi on November 8, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    they are a great bad to listen to. would love to see them in person.

  8. Glenn on November 8, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    They will do the pick’n and I’ll do the grin’n!

  9. Brig on November 9, 2022 at 8:41 am

    Love the strings and things. Please please.

  10. YB on November 9, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Looks awesome!

    • Lisa on November 23, 2022 at 11:04 am

      Would love to go to Yonder!

  11. Scott Pierce on November 9, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    Let’s jam!

  12. Melanie Evans on November 9, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    More strings!

  13. Melanie on November 10, 2022 at 7:21 am

    More strings!

  14. Christine Skorjanc on November 10, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    This would be great date night !! Strings bands such fun

  15. Calley Van Kirk on November 10, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    These guys never disappoint ❤️ I would love to see them in Portland for the first time!

  16. Kilee on November 11, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Love YMSB, Wonderful memories of seeing them with friends at NWSS. RIP Jeff, I haven’t seen them live since he passed. I would love to win these tickets and surprise my husband – also long time fan! What a fun venue to see them live too!!!

  17. Carol Trekas on November 12, 2022 at 11:21 am

    I love a good string band. Count me in please.

  18. Elise on November 14, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    Would absolutely love to go to this show!

  19. David on November 15, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Now that I don’t have to travel yonder to North Plains to see them, I’d love to check this “local gig” out.

  20. Amy W on November 15, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Would love to have something to look forward to in the depth of winter rain

  21. Clayton on November 15, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Get down wit yer bad selves!

  22. Pepper on November 16, 2022 at 1:05 am

    Yesssss

  23. Hannah on November 16, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Would love to go see them! Love bluegrass but I’ve never been to a show!

  24. Richard Potts on November 18, 2022 at 5:44 am

    I love this website. Where else do you get so many chances to win tickets!!

  25. lisa on November 19, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    My kind of music. What a great show to enjoy with a friend who just moved back.

  26. Cath on November 22, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    This looks like fun!

  27. Ryan Jones on November 22, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Oh hey there, I’d be forever grateful to experience this show.

  28. Matt on November 22, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    It will be a great night of pickin’ and playin’. Would love to see this show.

  29. Rob on November 24, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Why not

  30. Sandra on November 27, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    The strings are the things…that make me want to dance!

  31. Anthony on November 29, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    Their music is on regular rotation in our house! But haven’t ever had the chance to see them live. Would love to go!

  32. John M on November 29, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Gray haired old man that loves him some jamgrass. Would be great to be picked!

  33. James Tiefenthaler on November 30, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    Fun band!

  34. Meg on November 30, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    We would love to go 🙂

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