Yonder Mountain String Band to dazzle at The Orpheum

 
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BY CALEB MCCLURE —

Although many students are flocking out of town to begin their spring break festivities, Flagstaff has in no way turned into a ghost town. The Orpheum Theater will host bluegrass-fusion band, Yonder Mountain String Band Thursday evening, just before the school week’s out for those staying in town for the break.

Yonder Mountain String Band is known for its unique amplified, progressive bluegrass style that never seems to stay within the confines of one genre. The band formed in 1998 after the members met at a bar in Nederland, Colo. It seems to be fate that the band members found common ground in bluegrass given their almost polar opposite musical upbringings. Bassist Bill Kaufmann grew up listening to his father’s big band jazz music, and turned into a diehard Phish head in the mid 90s, while guitar player Adam Aijala grew up on hardcore and punk rock.

Despite their differences, they combine a wide range of musical disciplines, playing on the traditional bluegrass instruments (although, now amplified). They are as much of a jam band, as they are a bluegrass band, with songs that include long improvisational tangents, bringing listeners places they would not expect at a bluegrass concert.

Their modern spin on a traditional American music is exactly what keeps genres like bluegrass alive. Their concert is Mar. 14 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Flagstaff and is sure to entertain all audiences— from diehard bluegrass fans to those just looking to have a good time on a Thursday night. Show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25 at the Orpheum ticket kiosk.

 

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