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Need a Weekend Jam? “Son of a Preacher Man” with the Lovely Allie Kral on Vocals


Let’s this weekend started with a classic tune from Yonder Mountain String Band featuring our lady, Allie Kral on the vocals. Yonder Mountain String Band played Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” at Jannus Live on February 13th, 2015. It’s songs like this that really showcase the vocal talent that Allie has and allows us to cover these classics with a Yonder twist.


Interested in the entire set from Jannus Live this past spring? Download at our Yonder Mountain Live and reminisce on all the shows from 2015 to stoked the fire for our Fall 2015 tour, kicking off this October.

Enjoy This Grateful Dead Cover of “Shakedown Street”



This past May, our friends at Jambase celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead, by teaming up with Telefunken to produce the Songs Of Their Own video series. They began with a list of 100 Grateful Dead original songs (exclusively their tunes, not covers they often played) and tapped many of their favorite artists to record a cover version either at the JamBase office in San Francisco or at one of the many venues around town and beyond. No song was allowed to be covered twice, and we were honored when they asked Yonder Mountain String Band to cover “Shakedown Street”.

As Ben Kaufmann said, “Lets play a song, that everyone can like, whether you are 2 or maybe even as old as 26, may even as old as Jake Jolliff. Lets play a song called “Shakedown Street.”

Well…what do you think folks? Did they pass the audition?

In the next couple of months we will be asking our Kinfolk what covers they would like to see this Fall Tour. We invite you to take part in this conversation and much more by signing up for our exclusive emails.

So turn this one up, sip on your Sunday morning cup of joe, and let these vibes take you to another place and time on this beautiful Fall day.

8th Annual Mabon Celebration Welcomes Fall with the Colorado Community

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All Photos Captured by Nick Negrete

It’s that one time of the year. The days start to shorten and those Colorado nights begin to cool down, beckoning your heavy coats from the closet under the stairs. The shift of seasons become present in Colorado high-country as trees begin to spot with autumnal colors, hinting that winter is just around the corner. The transformation from summer to fall provokes a certain nostalgia that takes you to autumns of past years and for us, it reminds us that the annual Mabon Celebration is upon us.  As a celebration of the end of summer, the fall harvest, and the Autumnal Equinox – The Mabon Celebration at the Planet Bluegrass Wildflower Pavilion holds a special place in our heart.

This year’s Mabon Celebration couldn’t have been better. Many of our Kinfolk, friends and family, gathered at the iconic Wildflower Pavilion in Lyons, Colorado for the 8th consecutive year of festivities featuring Yonder’s duo, Ben Kaufmann and Adam Aijala. For most of us, it’s become a tradition, as this night offers an intimate stage setting with 300 seats and a back-to-back set (and encore) of multi-instrumental performance covering some of Yonder’s classics as well as cross-genre originals from Ben and Adam.

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Besides filling every seat in the house, this year’s Mabon was exceptional because Ben and Adam played two sets that focused on highlighting many of their original songs.

As Ben puts it, “There’s just Adam and me and our songs. It’s the only show we regularly do that is a sit-down show. It also is the only place I get to perform certain original songs that haven’t found a home in Yonder but I feel are my best work. Somehow the Mabon show has become a reunion. It certainly is a won’t-miss event for me, God willing and if the creek don’t rise.” 


As if the night couldn’t get any better, a very special guest and long time friend of ours, Bonnie Paine from Elephant Revival, made a surprise sit-in that captivated all who were able to witness her graceful stage presence and  complimentary tones that reverberated from her washboard. It was magical to say the least.


Beyond the fortune to shuffle around instruments and play some of their originals, Ben acknowledges the long-standing ties that Yonder Mountain String Band with Planet Bluegrass and the Wildflower Pavilion itself.

Ben Explains,“Yonder got its first big festival opportunity at RockyGrass. As I remember it, we were these young kids (whose ambition perhaps exceeded our talent) and we got to share the stage with some legends of bluegrass music. A of them watched our show and were encouraging. Just in simple ways – a quiet supportive sentence or two that helped give us confidence. And then speaking as a music fan, I’ve seen some of the best shows at the Wildflower Pavilion, performances that are nothing short of inspiring. This venue is a way to keep that spirit alive once the festival is over. The same magical location, the same vibe, and a want to keep the music going throughout the year.”

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If you’ve never considered attending the Mabon Celebration, then it’s time to change that –  there is no better way to welcome autumn and reflect on summer than with a community of good-hearted folk in one of the most beautiful Colorado venues for a night of performances by Ben and Adam. We hope to see you next year!


If you missed the Mabon Celebration but want a signed limited edition poster of this exclusive performance by Ben and Adam, please email marketing@yondermountain.com. We printed very few and are selling these fine pieces of art for $20 each and only while supplies last. Thanks.

Setlist from Mabon Celebration:

Set 1:

Insult and Elbow, Don’t Worry Happy Birthday, Cupid Shot Me Twice, Complicated, Night Out, Annalee, All the Time, I’d like Off, Monarch, A Father’s Arm, New Dusty Miller, Casualty

Set 2:

Penis Song, Drawing A Melody,To See You Coming ‘Round the Bend, Pockets, Used to It, Black Sheep, Someday’s Reunion, Love What I Do For A Living, Near Me, Landfall, Tall Buildings, I’m Lost, Groovin’ Away, Around You


40 Miles From Denver, Riding In A, Be Here Now, Boots, Drown, On The Run

Vine Street Uptown Block Party

It’s that time of year again: New Era is teaming up with Vine Street Pub & Brewery to bring you this year’s Uptown Block Party!

Vine Street Uptown Block Party 2015

Here’s what you need to know

Who: The Vine Street All-Stars featuring Dave Johnston and Rob Eaton of Dark Star Orchestra
When: Saturday September 19th @ 1:00 PM
Where: Vine Street (Between 17th & 18th)
What: Brewers Olympics + Live Music
Why: All proceeds benefit New Era Colorado (read more about them here)

Join the Facebook conversation here!

Jacob Jolliff Trio + Adam & Ben at Mabon Celebration

During our brief break before fall tour we wanted to fill you in on some opportunities to get your live music fix in and the chance to re-live one we may have shared together. Mandolin extraordinaire, Jacob Jolliff, will be in the Northwest pickin with his pals and Adam & Ben will return to Mabon Celebration for the seventh year in a row.

The Jacob Jolliff Trio features Jake on mandolin and vocals, as well as two absolutely incredible musicians, Alex Hargreaves (fiddle and vocals) and Jeff Picker (bass and vocals).

This high energy bluegrass three-piece will blow your minds with their crazy picking!

For information and tickets click here.



Mabon Celebration at Planet Bluegrass


As we celebrate the end of summer, the fall harvest, and the Autumnal Equinox, it seems only fitting that Ben and Adam return to share in the musical feast that is the Mabon Celebration for a seventh year.

Join us Saturday, September 19th at the Wildflower Pavilion on Planet Bluegrass​ for an intimate evening of music.

For information and tickets click here.


Pro-Shot Footage of “New Dusty Miller” Live Red Rocks

Enjoy this pro-shot live footage of “New Dusty Miller” from our Red Rocks show 8/21/15.

Thanks for the video TourGigs!

Phases of the Moon Cancelled

We are saddened by the cancellation of this year’s Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival​.  We were looking forward to our return to Mulberry Mountain, but we’ll get back to Arkansas soon.  Thanks for all the love, Kinfolk!  Read more about the cancellation here.