Yonder Mountain String Band | a premier music venue in downtown Fort Collins

Yonder Mountain String Band

Saturday, November 20
Show | 7pm // Doors | 6pm


The Yonder Mountain String Band show that was rescheduled for March 21st, 2021 at Washington’s has been rescheduled for November 20th, 2021. Existing tickets will be honored to the rescheduled show or refunds are available at the point of purchase. Anyone who purchased a ticket on or before 2/2/2021, please respond to the email sent through Eventbrite or the Box Office (check spam if not found) with any refund requests. We appreciate your support for Yonder Mountain String Band and Washington’s and we will see you soon!

Yonder Mountain String Band

Yonder Mountain String Band is one of the most influential acts on the acoustic music scene. Pioneers of the Jamgrass movement, Yonder Mountain is known for their ability to channel a wide variety of musical styles. The acoustic lineup just happens to be the vehicle they’ve chosen to haul their many influences ranging from punk rock to the Grateful Dead. With a willingness to try new things and do what the music demands, Yonder Mountain continues to expand the traditional genre beyond all established boundaries and into the realms of rock n roll and improvisation.

Notorious for their wild live shows, choice cover tunes, and lengthy onstage experimentations, Yonder Mountain String Band earned an especially loyal audience on the jam band circuit. With a large following of fans known as “Kinfolk” traversing the country with them, taping their shows and trading their music, the band gained momentum and found themselves playing to sold out crowds in iconic venues such as Red Rocks, The Fillmore San Francisco, The Warfield Auditorium, and esteemed festivals such as The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Bonarroo, High Sierra, Fuji Rock Festival, Summer Camp and Delfest, to name a few. Yonder Mountain also partnered with promoters to curate their own festivals: Northwest String Summit (Oregon), Kinfolk Celebration (Colorado), Yonder Mountain Harvest Festival (Arkansas) and Strings and Sol (Mexico)

Yonder Mountain has shared the stage with well-known bluegrass musicians like Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush and Bela Fleck, as well as with members of jam band icons Phish, Widespread Panic and The Grateful Dead. In 2008 they even shared a stage with Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention. The band has released 7 studio Albums and 6 live albums on their own Frog Pad Records Label. This past September, 2019 marked the 20th Anniversary of Yonder Mountain’s critically acclaimed debut album, Elevation. Out of print for years and considered by decades-long fans to be the band’s career defining album, the band celebrated this milestone with a 20th anniversary 180g double vinyl re-release. YMSB’s Elevation broke past traditional bluegrass music boundaries, opening the door for acceptance of the next generation’s take on a new style that audiences would fully embrace.

Founding Members Adam Aijala, Ben Kaufmann, David Johnston and Allie Kral, who became an official member in 2015 are now joined by multi-instrumentalist Nick Piccinni. The live show will undoubtedly be in line with what you’d expect from Yonder Mountain String Band: heart-felt, edgy and genre-defying music.

The Yonder Mountain String Band is an American progressive bluegrass group from Nederland, Colorado. Composed of Dave Johnston, Allie Kral, Ben Kaufmann, Adam Aijala, and Jacob Joliff, the band has released five studio albums and several live recordings to date. Having met in Urbana, Illinois, banjo player Dave Johnston requested Jeff Austin to join and sing in his band The Bluegrassholes. Austin, who played no instrument, revealed to Johnston that he owned a mandolin, who then told him to come to the performance and "play anything, just play fast and loud." After the collapse of The Bluegrassholes, Johnston moved to Boulder, Colorado, in order to further his bluegrass musical skills. Similarly, Austin moved to Colorado, but instead took up residence in the mountain town of Nederland, Colorado . Johnston soon joined him there. It was during this time in Nederland that Johnston and Austin met bassist Ben Kaufmann and guitarist Adam Aijala at a local club named the Verve. In December 1998, the four musicians formed Yonder Mountain String Band which was to open for a band at the Fox Theatre in Boulder. The band developed both a bluegrass and jam band fan base, and can often be found on tour. Their debut album Elevation was released on Frog Pad Records, an independent record label run by the band, in the fall of 1999. From 1999 to 2001 they performed as one of the many attractions at NedFest, a music festival held in the band's hometown. By 2000, the group was also playing larger venues, such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, California. In 2005, their recording of "Think for Yourself" was included on the album This Bird Has Flown – A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul. In 2008, the band performed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. In 2010, it was revealed that Yonder Mountain would host a music festival at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas called Yonder Mountain's Harvest Festival. This is the same site where the larger Wakarusa festival is held and where the previous Mulberry Mountain Harvest Fest was held. In 2011, the festival's headliners included Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, the Simcha Aknin Band, Railroad Earth and the Emmitt-Nershi Band. In April 2014, Austin left the band due to "creative differences and conflicting career goals". After touring with the band since Austin's departure, fiddle player Allie Kral and mandolin player Jake Jolliff became official members of Yonder Mountain String Band in May 2015.