NWSS: YMSB, Del, Barnes


Northwest String Summit 2008 by Bill Ball
The Northwest's premier acoustic music festival returns for its eighth year to beautiful Horning's Hideout in North Plains, Oregon, on July 17-18-19. The family friendly event boasts three days of nearly all-acoustic music, culminating each night with main stage performances from musical hosts Yonder Mountain String Band, this year joined by special guest Danny Barnes (Danny Barnes with Bad Livers, Tim O'Brien Band). Yonder Mountain String Band has been called the fastest growing acoustic band in history.

Also on the bill for the 2009 String Summit are Del McCoury Band; Väsen - Sweden's premier acoustic trio with guests Darol Anger (David Grisman Quintet, Psychograss) and Mike Marshall, (David Grisman Quintet, Psychograss); The Infamous Stringdusters; Abalone Dots (all female acoustic band from Sweden); Bad Livers; Greensky Bluegrass; Strings for Industry with Darol Anger, Scott Law, Tye North (Leftover Salmon), Carlton Jackson; P. Whipped with Bryn Davies, Sharon Gilchrest and Megan McCormick; Hickster with Benny "Burle" Galloway; Taarka and this year's super jam, to be hosted by Danny Barnes, with Rob and Ronnie McCoury. Past year's Super Jam performers have included Bill Frisell, Chris Thile, David Grisman, Vassar Clements, Nick Forster, Jerry Douglas and Tim O'Brien.

On Friday evening (July 17), String Summit presents the sixth annual Band Competition, where four competition finalists will compete for the opportunity to perform on the main stage Sunday and the following year. This year, 2008 Band Contest winner Jessica Kilroy is on the bill with backing band, and previous Band Competition winner, Head for the Hills. String Summit has also added for the first time a "local talent" slot to showcase worthy regional artists with the debut spot being filled by Taarka.

The tree-lined landscape of Horning's Hideout is the perfect serene setting for an intimate weekend of all acoustic music. Located just 20 minutes west of Portland and nestled in a hidden canyon of the rolling hills, dense trees and peacocks, Horning's Hideout is truly one of Oregon's best kept secrets. All ages are welcome and children under 10 years old are free with a paying adult. Kid's tent provides activities, arts and crafts, and a kid's parade with giant puppets. Three-day festival passes include music, crafts, vending, and plenty of on-site camping and parking. A family/disabled camping area is available. Tickets include parking and camping. For more information and ticketing links visit the official String Summit website at www.stringsummit.com.

Yonder Mountain String Band just finished recording their 5th studio CD under producer Tom Rothrock - due for release in September 2009.

Check our 2008 coverage of NWSS here.


[Published on: 4/14/09]

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ymsbfan1 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 11:04AM
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Pretty good lineup so far, I'm hoping I'll be able to make it this year; I've heard lots of good things about Hornings Hideout!

dogfleas starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 11:04AM
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definately looks like a good time, ive tried for years to make it out to hornings hideout but i can never seem to make it

dogfleas starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 11:05AM
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mesaxi starstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 11:06AM
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They should bring Kaki King in on this

JammyJammerson Tue 4/14/2009 11:12AM
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Check out Head for the Hills if you are able to make the festival. They are on their way to being at the top of the scene

Ter Tue 4/14/2009 12:34PM
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Lineup does not even compare to last year - it was freakin awesome last year 1 of my favorite summits - love the string summit - LOVE IT!! But honestly other than Yonder this years lineup is not bringing me back. super bummed.

Ter Tue 4/14/2009 12:35PM
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^^ Agreed - Head For The Hills is on fire! - check them out!

moephishH2O starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 02:07PM
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Really looking forward to String Summit this year!

Lotusdream starstarstarstar Tue 4/14/2009 02:34PM
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Dance your ass of at Horning's Hideout and be kind to this beautiful place, it's one of a kind! Have fun at Yonder and don't forget to check out the Infamous Stringdusters, they are another Colorado band that rocks the bluegrass:)

coach1 Tue 4/14/2009 03:38PM
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Hornings Hideout is a beautiful venue. This festival is one of (if not the) best family music festival in the country. The artists walk around and sign autographs. Plus, YMSB is usually not the best band there. Check out 2006, when Chris Thile showed Jeff Austin how to play the mandolin.

benraved Wed 4/15/2009 09:30AM
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True, there is no comparison to last years Leftover Cheese action. However the greatest venue in the country, greatest vibe in the country. Still top of the festival list for 09. CAMP SHERPA will be in attendance.

jstonenine Wed 4/15/2009 09:56AM
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so it would seem that if yonder is surrendering late night on saterday, that they should get over minor indiferences and get railroad earth in on this magical venue. they are multitalented and it is a STRING summit. props to last years lineup was REALLY good!

zachn00b starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/15/2009 10:50AM
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yeah greensky bluegrass!...get some

plantrulz starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/15/2009 11:48AM
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why are all the awsome bluegrass festies in the northwest?!?!?!? damn you northwesterners!!!

.... I'm jealous have fun

cellophaneflwrs starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/15/2009 01:19PM
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I'll be there! I'm vending - selling hula hoops and paintings! Come check me out! My booth is called Hoopla!!

kinfolkfan Mon 4/20/2009 08:15AM
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Really Coach!!!???? What show did you watch? All Chris did was eff up the jams.