With Keller Williams and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Sunday, August 8, at Scene Pavilion.

Yonder Mountain String Band 

With Keller Williams and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Sunday, August 8, at Scene Pavilion.

Just as Phish and countless other electric bands stepped up to claim the tripped-out-jam-band legacy bequeathed by the Grateful Dead, several acoustic bands have come along to remind us that Jerry was a bluegrass aficionado too. Though the Yonder Mountain String Band is not expressly a jam band -- it mostly plays straight-ahead bluegrass and mountain ballads -- it's found success with the jam-band crowd, thanks to a penchant for occasional long instrumental excursions (and hey, dig that far-out merch table, man).

The Colorado band actually has roots in Illinois, where mandolin player Jeff Austin hooked up with banjoist Dave Johnston in the wonderfully named outfit the Bluegrassholes. After moving to the mountains, they completed the lineup with guitarist Adam Aijala and bassist Ben Kaufmann. Over the course of five albums, they've proved they can play it straight -- concentrating on relatively staid originals such as "This Lonesome Heart" and "A Father's Arms" -- or let their freak flag fly, as on covers of Pink Floyd's "Goodbye Blue Sky" and Peter Tosh's "Legalize It."

Latest in Livewire

More by Daniel Durchholz

  • Jane Monheit

    With Manhattan Transfer. Sunday, May 23, at the Palace Theatre.
    • May 19, 2004
  • Edwin McCain
  • Edwin McCain

    With Jeffrey Gaines and Oval Opus. Thursday, March 20, at the Odeon.
    • Mar 19, 2003
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Top Viewed Stories

From the Archives

  • John Mayer

    With Maroon5. Tuesday, August 3, at Blossom.
    • Jul 28, 2004
  • Edwin McCain

    With Maia Sharp. Friday, July 2, at the Odeon.
    • Jun 30, 2004
  • More »

Site Search

Facebook Activity

© 2015 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation