Bluegrass fans… listen up! If you haven’t heard, as of 2010 Yonder Mountain String Band officially has their own festival. The first Yonder Harvest went down in the Ozark mountains in Arkansas last October. Some of you may be familiar with a certain mountain called Mulberry… For those of you who aren’t, Mulberry Mountain is also home to Wakarusa Festival. Needless to say, there has been a whole lotta’ greatness to have played in those fields. Last year Yonder hosted what would inevitably become one of the greatest times any bluegrass lover could hope to have as attendees were blown away by the truly unique experience those fun-loving guys had to offer.
It’s about time they had a festival extravaganza in their honor. With a wide range of bluegrass acts on the bill, this year’s lineup is shaping up to be an intense run of bluegrass heavy hitters. Yonder is arguably one of the most noteworthy jam-grass bands of recent years, and just like other stars of the jamband scene, they now present to you their idea of a real good time. Prepare yourself for a weekend of epic collaborations and a deeply genuine representation of Yonder in all of their greatness. Headlining the festival is a well oiled machine of talented picker’s and jammers. YMSB will welcome musical buddies like Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Railroad Earth, 7 Walkers featuring Papa Mali and Bill Kreutzman, Emmit-Nershi Band, Cornmeal, Split Lip Rayfield, The Travelin’ McCourys, Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, Danny Barnes, Larry Keel & The Natural Bridge, Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, Oakhurst, Great American Taxi, as well as Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band… not to mention 6 complete sets of Yonder over the course of 3 nights.
Harvest Festival is shaping up to be an insanely unique bluegrass family gathering. Last year Yonder emanated such pure excitement and revere for their musical family and all those partaking in the glorious event that they consequentially conjured up an almost tangible love and energy in the atmosphere. With each pick and pop of their strings that love would remain throughout the weekend and continue to live on in the hearts of all who attended. YMSB knows how to throw a party, and seeing as this is the festival’s second year, one can only imagine the fun they’re cooking up for us all this time. Occuring October 13 – 16th, come celebrate this festival in the beautiful fall weather in the hills, Yonder style, with some of the greatest musical minds of our time.
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By Ali Lane