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Yonder Mountain String Band Will Join The Mustang Music Festival in Corolla, NC


We are pleased to be apart of this great line-up at the Mustang Music Festival on October 7th and 8th!

We will be joining Moe.LettuceG. Love & Special SauceSmooth Hound SmithFruitionBIG SomethingRipeEmpire Strikes Brass,  Lunar Test Drive at the Corolla, NC.

Tickets Available: http://bit.ly/28JAk47

#Throwback: Our Top Ten Moments From the 4th Annual Strings & Sol


Strings & Sol came and gone but the memories from this this year seem to linger even weeks after the fact. Here are some of our favorite photos and memories (not in any particular order) from this weekend in paradise.

Until next time Strings and Sol! 

Don’t forget to check out the live recordings for Strings & Sol available at our Yonder Mountain Live website.

(Photos provided by Josh Trimmermans of Noble Visions)

1. Lets be honest, this view…

this view

2. Jacob Jolliff taking the “man-bun” to the next level as Mayor McCheese

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3. Seeing our Kinfolk in Mexico!


Old and New…

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4. Jamming with some of our friends on the beach


jammin on the beach 

Day and Night…

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5. Pickin’ late night at the Palapa

7. Daytime pickin’ with friends like Fruition

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8. Dave Johnston getting schooled at Ping-Pong!


9. Bingo with Allie Kral, Sam Bush,  and Mimi Naja

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8. Ben Kaufman’s Frank Sinatra set with guests from Leftover SalmonHYXmxX4tzzpgRhgu-4tTyZAWvLWBu50IHMFXk-A674k

9.  Loungin’ during the day time

10. And this comical message from Allie at the pool…

Not to offend anyone, but seriously…consider coming to our 2016 tour!

Tour Details

Special Guests Announced for New Year Eve Shows at the Boulder Theater

New Year’s Eve Just Got Even Better



Yonder Mountain String Band returns to Boulder, Colorado for a 4-night New Year’s Eve affair at the beloved Boulder Theater December 30January 2. A Yonder Mountain tradition, these hometown shows are the icing on the yearly Yonder cake. As in years past, we are thrilled to announce an all-star line up of special guests to help us bring another one to a close, and celebrate the arrival of 2016.

On Wednesday, December 30th, we welcome the one and only Sam Bush to kick off the NYE run. Honorably called “the King of Newgrass”, Sam Bush is just hitting his stride as the best Mandolin player on the scene.  Sam is no stranger when it comes to sitting in with Yonder, whether it is in the mountains at Telluride Bluegrass, the sandy beaches at Strings & Sol, the main stage at Bonnaroo, or anywhere in between, the Yonder /Sam Bush combination is a force to be reckoned with. We’re honored to welcome him back to the Boulder Theater stage, and look forward to the moments of synergy between this mandolin legend and our very own mandolin master, Mr. Jacob Jolliff.

Recently named “Dobro Player of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association, and dubbed the “Muhammed Ali of the dobro” Jerry Douglas is solely responsible for bending and redefining the sound of the instrument within the context of a myriad of genres. Jerry also has spent quality time with Yonder over the years, these moments created have been jaw-dropping.  We look forward to reuniting with Jerry on Friday, January 1st, as he tastefully blends in his dobro wizardry with complimentary licks and mind-bending solos.


It has been far too long since Yonder Mountain has connected with guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan.  Be prepared to be amazed.  Whether it’s bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations across genres, this man is bound to take you for a tuneful ride with his creative guitar approach. Stanley has performed in over 60 countries, on 6 continents, and has performed with every type of musician imaginable.  We look forward to seeing what we create with him on our final night of the run on<>
Saturday, January 2nd.  


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December 30th with Sam Bush
December 31st with Yonder Mountain String Band
January 1st with Jerry Douglas
January 2nd with Stanely Jordan
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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

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.


Mabon Celebration

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. Tickets and camping on sale now at bluegrass.com.

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Hangtown Halloween Ball

There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than at the 5th Annual Hangtown Halloween Ball in Northern California in late October!  We can’t wait to see you all there!

Pick up your tickets here.

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Hinterland Location Change

Hello Hinterlanders! Due to flooding concerns at Water Works Park, Hinterland Music Festival is moving locations to Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles, Iowa — just a short 26 minute jaunt from Des Moines, directly south via I-35.

Check out all the new details at hinterlandiowa.com/faq — all of the FAQs have been updated to reflect the changes for the new location — and if you still have questions, email realperson@hinterlandiowa.com.


Phases Of The Moon

It wouldn’t be Fall Festival season without an appearance on Mulberry Mountain! We have come so far the past few years, with the full-time addition of Allie Kral​ and Jacob Jolliff​ and a new album. With the release of “Black Sheep” we begin a new era, pushing the envelope into the realms of Rock n’ Roll and improv. The result is music that doesn’t stand still, it’s always progressing and breaking unprecedented ground.

Tickets available at phasesofthemoonfestival.com


Thank You Northwest String Summit!

Wow!  What a wonderful weekend at Northwest String Summit!  Thanks to all the Kinfolk who came out to spend the weekend with us at Horning’s Hideout – we love you and we couldn’t do what we do without you!