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#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


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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

Yonder Mountain Wants to Buy You a Beer For Celebrating New Year’s Eve With Us!

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Your mom would be so proud of you on this two for one! 

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. We would love to buy you a beer for joining us at New Year’s! Visit any of the Mountain Sun locations to purchase your New Year’s Eve ticket and have a brew on us! We’ve teamed up with long-time friends, Mountain Sun Brewery to give you the best two for one around!


Also give yourself another pat on the back for avoiding extra service cost fees and supporting our local brewery!

This will be available up until the show and available at all of the locations, click on the spots below for directions:


LONGS PEAK PUB – 600 Longs Peak Ave Longmont, CO 80501


MOUNTAIN SUN PUB & BREWERY – 1535 Pearl Street Boulder, CO 80302


SOUTHERN SUN – 627 South Broadway Boulder, CO 80305


UNDER THE SUN EATERY & TAPHOUSE – 627A South Broadway Boulder, CO 80305


VINE STREET PUB & BREWERY – 1700 Vine Street Denver, CO 80206

Also – Check out our special guest for New Years Eve as we are bringing the heat with an incredible 4-day lineup! 

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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Join Yonder’s Street Team for 2016

We are looking for individuals to join the Kinfolk Street Team for 2016!

Help us spread the word about our upcoming tour dates by posting on social media and hitting the street with our tour post.

Yonder Mountain String Band Teams up w/Colorado’s Finest Outdoor Companies


We are excited to announce a chance to win the ultimate New Year’s eve with Yonder Mountain String Band at the Boulder Theater!

We have teamed up with some of Colorado’s finest to give you a chance to win tickets to one of our NYE shows with special guest Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stanley Jordan at the Boulder Theater as well as outdoor gear to kick off 2016! We are giving away a grand prize package of $1,800+ in gear from SCARPA footwear, Osprey Packs, New Belgium Brewing,Voormi, Big Agnes, Zeal Optics and Yonder!

Simply share your favorite moments from 2015 by submitting a photo and you are entered! These photos can be from past festivals, Yonder shows, moments of being outside – whatever was the best times for you in 2015! 

Enter here: http://j.mp/takemeyonder3
Or tag your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter photo with ‪#‎TakeMeYonder‬

Tickets: http://bit.ly/bouldernye



“Love Before You Can’t” Pre-Tour Skype Edition


Just a few more days until we hit the road…but who’s counting anyways?jj

We’ve been looking forward to the fall tour since the day we stepped off the stage at Red Rocks Amphitheater this past summer! We took a few weeks to unwind and we couldn’t be more stoked to get back on the road and among our Kinfolk with some exciting stops and ending tour on a high-note with our 4 night New Years Eve shows with special guests (to be announced this week so stay tuned!) at the Boulder Theater!

Yonder Mountain can be found from coast to coast…literally. Our lady, Allie Kral is in the Northwest, Ben Kaufmann in California, Dave Johnston & Adam Aijala in Colorado and Jacob Jolliff in the Northeast. From time to time, it can be hard to get everyone under the same roof during breaks from tour. We wouldn’t let distance stop us and we decided to harness the powers of the inter-webs and put together this fun video of “Love Before You Can’t” – Skype style! Hope you enjoy and we hope to see you this Fall!

We hope to see you along the way: http://bit.ly/ymsbtours

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

Signs and Signings with Rex-A-Vision

We talked with Rex-A-Vison​ recently about our new album, bringing Jacob Jolliff​ and Allie Kral​ on board, our incredible Kinfolk community, and all other kinds of fun stuff that only comes out when Rex is asking the questions.  Check out the video at Live For Live Music​ now!

Black Sheep Contest

In preparation for our new album we’re running a contest from now until June 16th! Take a photo that reminds you of Black Sheep and post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtags #BlackSheep and #YonderMountain, and we’ll pick our favorite photo each week! The winner will receive a merch package from our vaults, and the final week we will pick the top photo out of all of the winners for a deluxe Black Sheep prize package!




An Evening at Kinfolk

Remember that fun time we all had at Planet Bluegrass about a month ago? Our friend Nicholas Stock at Fat Guerilla Productions made this video showcasing our Saturday at the Kinfolk Celebration. Ah… memories.