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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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 me some YMSB!!!
RIP Jeff Austin
Long Live NWSS!
I have never heard this group but I love Bluegrass. I would like to experience them at least once in my lifetime. Hope I win.
Could this be my chicken dinner? Win.rar
Love Yonder 🤍 Right near my birthday too.
Time to get some new boots! 🤠
Oh how I would love to win tickets to this show! ✨
they are a great bad to listen to. would love to see them in person.
They will do the pick’n and I’ll do the grin’n!
Love the strings and things. Please please.
Would love to go to Yonder!
I’ve loved this band since the first time I heard them. To win tickets to this show would be so exciting!
This would be great date night !! Strings bands such fun
These guys never disappoint ❤️ I would love to see them in Portland for the first time!
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!!!
I love a good string band. Count me in please.
Would absolutely love to go to this show!
Now that I don’t have to travel yonder to North Plains to see them, I’d love to check this “local gig” out.
Would love to have something to look forward to in the depth of winter rain
Get down wit yer bad selves!
Would love to go see them! Love bluegrass but I’ve never been to a show!
I love this website. Where else do you get so many chances to win tickets!!
My kind of music. What a great show to enjoy with a friend who just moved back.
This looks like fun!
Oh hey there, I’d be forever grateful to experience this show.
It will be a great night of pickin’ and playin’. Would love to see this show.
The strings are the things…that make me want to dance!
Their music is on regular rotation in our house! But haven’t ever had the chance to see them live. Would love to go!
Gray haired old man that loves him some jamgrass. Would be great to be picked!
We would love to go 🙂
My favorite jamgrass!
Jam grass jam grass jam grass!!!
I haven’t been to a show in Portland yet!
Such a fun band to see! Would love to win tickets 🙂
I never go to shows anymore because of work and kids, please give me and my wife a night out!
As I sit here and ponder, my mind begins to wander. Please hit your transponder and to me you’ll be fonder. I promise I won’t squander these tickets to Yonder!
This week be fun!
These guys know how to rock!!! Love this band!!!
Love me some jam bands!
Oh yes! Seen them in my festival days just a lovely band. I’d love to take my fiancé
I volunteered at the NorthWest String SUmmit for the first ten years and then went as a “civilian” for the next 5 years and the YONDER MOUNTAIN String Band was a large part of the reasons why!!
I can’t afford heating oil AND tickets to this but if I win I will DANCE MY ASS OFF!
Even if there is no SNOW IN THE PINES I’ve got NO EXPECTATIONS but sure would be happy if you picked me!!
I haven’t won anything since the before times so there’s that too.
Thanks for the opportunity.
Let’s do it!
This would be a fun night
Love YMSB!!! Would be amazing show to go to.
This band is amazing!!
I’ve never seen Yonder. Hoping a freebie will be my gateway to the heavens
Free tickets are like free beer: my favorite! Would love to see them live.
Love you Yonder!
Pay no attention to the previous commenters! Please send those tickets to me!
feeling the need to dance the night away!
Need to get my string band fix on please. Love the banjo.
yee haw — let’s dance!
Would love to see them again
Such a fun band!
Colorado based band. Right on. Let’s go.
Because live stringed music makes me cry and Im due for a good public sobbing!
To see the great beyonder!
Jam grass. Yes yes yes.
High lonesome, booty-shakin’ YMSB madness. Count me in!