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YMSB: Jeff Austin, Dave Johnston, Ben Kaufmann, Adam Aijala

Yonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own set of rules.  Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, Yonder has pioneered a sound of their own.  With their traditional lineup of  instruments, the band may look like a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they’ve created their own music that transcends any genre.  Dave Johnston points out “What could be more pure than making your own music.”

Béla Fleck Unveils Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra with Nashville Symphony

Béla Fleck will present the world premiere of his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra — one of the first ever written for the instrument — with the Nashville Symphony on September 22-24 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. To be performed by Fleck on his vintage 1937 mahogany Gibson Mastertone banjo, the Concerto marks a significant new departure for Fleck, who calls the piece "a liberating experience for my efforts as a composer and hopefully for the banjo as well." Commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra will be the centerpiece of the orchestra’s opening concerts in the 2011/12 SunTrust Classical Series.

Given the names Béla (for Bartók), Anton (for Webern) and Leoš (for Janáčék), Fleck seems to have been destined to play classical music. Having launched a prolific and wildly successful career as a genre-melding instrumentalist, first with the New Grass Revival and later with the Flecktones, he made the classical connection with his 2001 solo album Perpetual Motion. Released on Sony Classical, the recording went on to win a pair of GRAMMYs®, including Best Classical Crossover Album. Fleck has won a total of 14 GRAMMYs®, and, with 30 nominations, he has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in GRAMMY® history.

Fleck dedicates his new Concerto to pioneering banjoist Earl Scruggs, who first inspired him to take up the instrument. The composer says that the piece reflects the dual influences of classical music and bluegrass. “You can hear an evolution in my own writing of the piece as it goes on,” he observes, noting that he wanted to “explore the new possibilities of the banjo as a member or the orchestra, while respecting its roots in bluegrass and jazz.”

Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra is perfectly matched at the Nashville Symphony concerts with Aaron Copland’s famous Appalachian Spring, which celebrates the American spirit with music of breathtaking beauty and directness. Concluding the performance is Tchaikovsky’s larger-than-life Fourth Symphony, the Russian composer’s favorite piece, which sweeps the audience with an emotional palette that ranges from melancholy to exuberance. The Thursday, September 22, performance will be webcast live via the Nashville Symphony’s website.

For more information about the concert or to purchase tickets, please call 615.687.6400 or visit NashvilleSymphony.org.
The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its recordings and innovative programming. With 140 performances annually, the 84-member orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, children’s concerts and community engagement programs. As a national and international ambassador for Tennessee, the Nashville Symphony has received far-reaching acclaim for its 19 recordings on Naxos, making the ensemble one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. These recordings have received a total of 13 GRAMMY® nominations and six GRAMMY® Awards. On May 12, 2012, the Nashville Symphony will perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the Spring for Music festival, which recognizes orchestras for adventuresome, original programming.

Head For The Hills at Fox Theatre | 10.07.11

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Head for the Hills at the Fox Theatre on Friday, October 7th.  Tickets go on sale Friday, September 2nd for $10.00 in advance & $12.00 day of show.

Named “Best of Colorado,” via the Westword Music Showcase (Denver, CO). and former Winners of Yonder Mountain String Band’s-Northwest String Summitt Band Competition, Head for The Hills just released their sophomore studio effort which made the CMJ TOP 200 Radio Listings and boasted a notable cast of guests including Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon and Billy Nershi of String Cheese Incident.

Rooted in the tradition of bluegrass but described perhaps more accurately as progressive acoustic/modern roots, HFTH produces a vibrant mixture of homegrown compositions, traditional harmonies, and improvisation. In the live setting, HFTH effortlessly ventures into a myriad of musical styles and sonic landscapes that appeals to a boundless array of listeners. They have performed, supported, & shared programming with such notables as: David Grisman, Sam Bush, The Flaming Lips, Ben Folds, Bruce Hornsby, Emmylou Harris, Cake, Little Feat, Nickel Creek, The Avett brothers, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Doc Watson, and Railroad Earth, and have performed at Wakarusa Music Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival (NightGrass), Northwest String Summit, Mulberry Mountain Harvest Festival, Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival (Official Evening Performance), Yarmony Grass Music Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots and many more.

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Head for the Hills

Fox Theatre

Friday, October 7th

Doors:  8:30 pm

Show Time:  9:00 pm

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones 2011 & 2012 Tour

Bela Fleck and The Flecktones have announced more dates for 2011 as well as a bunch of tour dates in 2012.   Check out their extensive tour dates below.

Béla Fleck is often considered the premiere banjo player in the world. A New York City native (named after composer Béla Bartok), he picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass playing of Flatt & Scruggs. He began experimenting with playing bebop on the banjo in high school. In 1982, he joined the progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival, where he made a name for himself in the country-bluegrass world. At the same time he was releasing a series of solo albums for Rounder Records.

In 1989 he formed the Flecktones. They made their self-titled debut recording in 1990 by playing a "blu-bop" mix of jazz and bluegrass and soon became a commercially successful, critically-acclaimed and award-winning band. (Fleck--the only musician to be nominated for Grammys in jazz, bluegrass, pop, country, spoken word, Christian, composition and world music categories-- also recorded solo releases including 1994’s Tales from the Acoustic Planet and last year’s The Bluegrass Sessions--Tales from the Acoustic Planet Volume 2.)

Béla, commenting on the Flecktones’ "raging eclecticism" in the May 2000 issue of Down Beat: "The more diverse the audience there is, the better. If you’ve got people who would normally be jazz fans sitting in the same room with people who love bluegrass, some funk fans who love Victor, some Deadheads, it turns into this roomful of happy people who are all real different."

Béla began the new decade by inking a deal with Sony Music that will result in five recordings for the label: two albums for Sony Classical and three albums for Columbia Records: a solo outing for the jazz division of the imprint and two releases by his celebrated category-defying band the Flecktones.

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Tour Dates:

08.26.11         Windsor, CT      Summerwind
08.27.11         Portland, ME      State Theater
08.28.11         NY, NY US     Govenor's Island
09.01.11        Pittsburgh, PA Trib Total Media Amphitheater
09.02.11         Binghamton, NY      Binghamton University
09.03.11         High Mount, NY      Belleayre Music Festival
09.04.11         Orkney Springs, VA      Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

10.09.11        Shakori Hills Music Festival  Hope, NC
10.11.11        House of Blues    New Orleans, LA
10.12.11        House of Blues        Houston, TX
10.13.11        Paramount Theater, Austin, TX
10.14.11        AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas, TX
10.15.11        YonderFest, Ozark, AR
10.16.11        The Tennessean,  Knoxville, TN
10.18.11        Lyric Theater, Stuart, FL
10.19.11        Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10.20.11        Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL
10.21.11        House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista, FL
10.22.11        MagnoliaFest, Live Oak, FL
10.23.11        Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC

11.2.11        Foothill PAC  Oneonta, NY
11.3.11        Center for the Arts Mainstage, Buffalo, NY
11.4.11        Storer Auditorium, Syracuse, NY
11.5.11        Helen M. Hosmer Hall  , Potsdam, NY
11.6.11        Hart Theatre - The Egg, Albany, NY
11.7.11        The Music Center, Strathmore, MD
11.9.11        McCarter Theater, Princeton, NJ
11.10.11        Calvin Theater, Northampton, MA
11.11.11        Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA
11.12.11        Staller Center, Stony Brook, NY
11.13.11        Stone Mountain Arts Center , Brownfield, ME
11.16.11        Town Hall, New York, NY
11.17.11        Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA
11.18.11        Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA
11.19.11        Paramount Theater, Rutland, VT
11.20.11        Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH

3.1.12            University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
3.2.12            North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie, IL
3.3.12            North Central College,  Naperville, IL
3.6.12            Sunset Center Theater, Carmel-by-the Sea, CA
3.7.12            Humboldt State University,  Arcata, CA
3.8.12            Warfield Theater,  San Francisco, CA
3.9.12            Orpheum Theater,   Los Angeles, CA
3.10.12        John Ascuaga's Nugget,  Sparks, NV
3.12.12        Smith Center for the Performing Arts,  Las Vegas, NV
3.13.12        Anthology,  San Diego, CA
3.21.12        Florida State University,  Tallahassee, FL
3.22.12        Savannah Music Festival,  Savannah, GA
3.24.12        University of Connecticut,  Storrs, CT
3.25.12        Berks Jazz festival,  Reading, PA
3.28.12        Missouri State University,  Springfield, MO
3.29.12        Sheldon Concert Hall,  St. Louis, MO
3.30.12        Butler University,  Indianapolis, IN
3.31.12        University of Northern Iowa,  Cedar Falls, IO
4.1.12            Holland Performing Arts Center,  Omaha, NE
4.3.12            University of Wyoming,  Laramie, WY
4.4.12            Lincoln Center,  Ft. Collins, CO
4.5.12            Wheeler Opera House,  Aspen, CO
4.6.12            Vilar Performing Arts Center,  Beaver Creek, CO
4.7.12            Boulder Theater,  Boulder, CO
4.12.12        Walton Arts Center,  Fayetteville, AR
4.13.12        Performing Arts Center,  Germantown, TN
4.14.12        Ryman Auditorium,  Nashville, TN
4.20.12        Miami University,  Oxford, OH
4.21.12        Clay Center,  Charleston, WVA
4.22.12        University of Richmond,  Richmond, VA
4.25.12        University of North Carolina,  Chapel Hill, NC
4.27.12        Merlefest,  Wilkesboro, NC
4.28.12        Brown Theater,  Louisville, KY

Dead Man Winter @ The Fox Theater | 8/19/11

On August 19th at the Fox Theater in Boulder, CO, Dave Simonett, Erik Kokinen, and some of their friends from Trampled by Turtles gave us an early taste of their new project, Dead Man Winter.  Having been a huge

Yonder Mountain String Band's NYE Celebration

97.3 KBCO is proud to present the Yonder Mountain String Band’s Colorado Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Boulder Theater Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 through Saturday, December 31st, 2011. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, August 31st for $35.00 General Admission, $65.00 New Year’s Eve and $185.00 for the 5-Day Pass.

The Dang-It Bobbys Release New Album 'Big Trouble'

The Dang-it Bobbys, whose sound The New York Times described as “lovely riffs on bluegrass, country and folk music,” will release on September 20 its sophomore album, BIG TROUBLE, the follow-up to its 2009 debut, SOMETHING IN THE AIR. While many of the band’s riffs are lovely, there is much more: ingenious combinations of musical styles as well as smart, funny lyrics and a special energy that is downright contagious.

The Dang-It Bobbys will play the CD Release Show at 10 p.m. Saturday, September 24, at Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St. in New York City. Complimentary Cover; information: 212.477.4155.

The Dang-it Bobbys, led by multi-instrumentalist Kris Bauman, explore what the word “Americana” truly means on the upcoming release, which features musicians from the New York City bluegrass, jazz, rock and country music scene, The band is a real melting pot of American music, showcasing the talents of blues/funk guitarist Luca Benedetti (ulu), jazz/classical violinist Alan Grubner (Henry Threadgill, Howard Levy), jazz bassist Chris Higgins (Pat Metheny), bluegrass mandolinist Dan Marcus (Norah Jones), and the 2001 RockyGrass Dobro champion, Todd Livingston (Earl Scruggs).
The Dang-it Bobbys’ unorthodox background is clearly evident on the autobiographical title track “Big Trouble,” a cautionary tale for would-be travelers to Mexico, juxtaposing a bluegrass style 4/4 and English lyrics with a traditional Mexican 3/4 feel and “gringo-ized” Spanish. On “Hey Guess What,” the cyclical form, heart-wrenching harmonica and mantric snare drum provide the backdrop to a mother’s attempt to come clean to her daughter. “Heading Out,” an unconventional ballad, showcases the band’s range of both intensity and tenderness.
The Dang-it Bobbys garner influence from all facets of American music, from bluegrass and country to jazz and blues. It is this flavorful stew of styles, coupled with the artistry of the adroit musicians featured on BIG TROUBLE, that give The Dang-it Bobbys an unquestionably American sound.
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Upcoming Performances:
September 24, Rockwood Music Hall, New York
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn

Elephant Revival & Steep Canyon Rangers at Boulder Theater

Z2 Entertainment is proud to present Elephant Revival and Steep Canyon Rangers at the Boulder Theater on Saturday, November 19th, 2011.  Tickets go on sale Friday, August 12th for $24.00 in advance and $27.00 day of show.

Elephant Revival

The neo-acoustic transcendental folk quintet from Nederland Colorado, is touring in support of their new album, ‘Break in the Clouds’ released on Ruff Shod Records, an independent label created by Chad Stokes of State Radio. The album was released regionally on Nov. 22nd 2010 with a full national release scheduled for June 14th 2011. ‘Break In the Clouds was produced by David Tiller of Taarka. Their sophomore effort expands upon the group’s multi–genre musical approach, threading together dynamic instrumentation and a diverse rhythmic sound while exploring the depths of all five of the groups’ gifted songwriters. The album debuted at #2 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter chart, and was featured as a new and noteworthy independent release. “Break In the Clouds,” was also the top album sold in Colorado for four weeks in a row, and top radio spins for a Colorado artist in Colorado for the month of January 2011.

Steep Canyon Rangers

The past year has taken the Steep Canyon Rangers to new heights.  In March 2011, the band released its first collaborative record with Steve Martin, “Rare Bird Alert,” which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and at #43 on the Billboard Top 200.  In 2010, the latest solo record from Steep Canyon Rangers, “Deep In The Shade,” remained in the Bluegrass Top 10 on Billboard for 18 weeks.  While headlining festivals like MerleFest and Bonnaroo alongside Steve Martin with Steep Canyon Rangers include “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Colbert Report” & “Austin City Limits.”

With smooth vocals, smart songwriting, ferocious instrumentals and jaw-dropping harmony, the Rangers are bringing Bluegrass to music lovers across the USA and around the world.  Steep Canyon Rangers are:  Mike Guggino (mandolin/vocals), Charles Humphrey III (bass/vocals), Woody Platt (guitar/lead vocals), Nicky Sanders (fiddle/vocals), and Graham Sharp (banjo/vocals)

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Elephant Revival & Steep Canyon Rangers

Boulder Theater

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Doors: 8:00 pm

Show Time: 9:00 pm


Greensky Bluegrass Offers Free Five Song EP Download from New Album, Handguns

An independent band nationally-recognized for their live show, Greensky Bluegrass defy the boundaries of acoustic music with their self-produced fourth studio effort, Handguns, released on October 4.

This new studio offering is a brave expression of what separates their original music from the rest of the bluegrass genre. For years, while the Kalamazoo, MI band has been gaining recognition for their high energy live show, Handguns proves that they can handle themselves in the studio as well.

Recent internet chatter would have you believe that the entire music industry is lost in a vast and inescapable dust bowl; everything that was once thriving and sustainable has now dried into a mere husk of what it once was. But lest we forget, bands used to make their living on the road, playing in front of new audiences every night. Albums were something that were recorded in between tours and then sold on the road to help keep gas in the tank. It’s the way it was and it looks like the way it might become, but the music never stops.


Handguns was recorded in between tours this winter as the band holed up in a studio in Lansing, committing the songs straight-to-tape on the exact recording console that originally birthed Lynyrd Skynyrd’s infamous track "Free Bird” decades earlier. Matching the warmth of the analog sound, vintage microphones were utilized alongside state-of-the-art studio equipment to create a truly blended and artful sonic experience.

This overlap of traditional and forward-thinking runs throughout most every aspect of Greensky Bluegrass. The opening cut is titled "Don't Lie", and the result of "Handguns" is just that, a collection of songs that speak true. Greensky doesn't boast to know it all, but they don't restrain, letting the listener in on the trials and triumphs of their journey.

"Should have been a farmer and blamed it on the weather, with soiled hands and a tired back to show for my efforts," sings Hoffman on the album's title track.  Modest maybe, but as the listener continues, they are relieved that the band did not trade their instruments for plows or cubicles.

Greensky has continued to gain national momentum since they won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s coveted Band Competition in 2006 and have been invited to play at this summer’s Northwest String Summit, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and NPR’s Mountain Stage, while also playing at Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot and The Hangout Festivals. They’re a bluegrass band but they’re not. Bluegrass doesn’t have distortion, or horns for that matter. Handguns does.

Of course, none of this happened overnight or without sacrifice. Greensky Bluegrass is just as much a grit of the asphalt band as they are a salt of the earth band, having played over 160 shows nationwide, every year, for the last six years. It was by winning over folks on the band’s never-ending tour that got them where they are today – not by a label, syndicated radio play or being on the shelves at big box stores.

As a bonus for all, Greensky Bluegrass is giving away half of Handguns for free. This five-song Handguns EP is available on the Greensky Bluegrass website for anyone who wants to listen.

The motive? To be heard.  For musicians, the model has changed with satellite radio where the F word flies free and name-your-own-price record releases. One thing remains true, however: when the music is great, people will listen.

Della Mae To Release Debut Album

Della Mae, the all-woman bluegrass quartet out of Boston that brings acoustic grit and twang to town with no apologies, will release its debut full-length album in September.

Della Mae features the 2009-2010 National Fiddle Champion Kimber Ludiker, powerful mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner, seasoned bassist Amanda Kowalski, and the sweet, sultry vocals and driving acoustic guitar of Celia Woodsmith.

The band will release its debut full-length album, I BUILT THIS HEART, in September, with all-star guests Alison Brown, Laurie Lewis, Brittany Haas (Crooked Still) and Emma Beaton (Joy Kills Sorrow). The album was produced by Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter) and engineered by Erick Jaskowiack. Advance copies are for sale at upcoming shows.

Vintage Guitar magazine describes Della Mae’s sound as “straightforward, expertly executed music that stays true to its inspirations.” The band’s musical style seamlessly blends years of experience with traditional mountain music and modern singer-songwriter sensibilities. With award-winning instrumental abilities and a reputation for energetic live performances, the four women of Della Mae are turning heads.

In the words of master mandolinist Mike Marshall, “These gals can get down and aren’t messing around.”

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Della Mae’s Upcoming Schedule:
July 23: Club Passim, Cambridge, Mass. ( Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum open)
July 30: RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival, Lyons, Colo.
August 12-13: Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Saddleback, Maine
August 27: Newport Art Festival, Newport, R.I. (More info TBA)
November 5-6: Laurie Blue Bluegrass Festival, Prince Edward Island, Canada
December 1-18: Bluegrass Jamboree, Germany & Switzerland