Colorado's fast pickin' and energetic acoustic jamgrass band phenom, Yonder Mountain String Band has begun their New Horizons Tour 2002! Expanding upon traditional bluegrass arrangements and ballad-oriented songs, the band, Adam Aijala (guitar), Jeff Austin (mandolin), Dave Johnston (banjo), and Ben Kaufmann (stand-up bass), has been known to jam on one song for sixty minutes. The band calls this fast picking and high-energy brand of bluegrass "drive without drums." The sound appeals not only to traditional bluegrass aficionados, but to acoustic music, jam band, and rock n' roll lovers as well. Whether plugged in, or gathered around a single microphone, these four let it rip, creating dance friendly stunning performances.

The band just completed a sold-out three-night run in Arizona to kick off the tour and is now headed to California, Oregon and Seattle for a short Northwest run. Many exciting and fun-filled shows await the band as they step up into new and bigger venues throughout the tour. They open for Sam Bush on February 15th in San Louis Obisbo. Darol Anger joins from March 14-16th and again on the 21st and 23rd. Friend and bluegrass legend, Tim O'Brien who produced the second studio album, Town By Town (2001 Frog Pad Records) joins as a very special guest March 27-30th. Live audio-cast February 23-24 from The Wild Duck in Eugene, check out www.gravitylab.net/yonder.htm for details!!! A full webcast is currently in the works for a show on the east coast in April, stay tuned for details to come.

A few notable shows on the New Horizons' Tour include the Spring Burndown at the Fillmore in Denver, CO to celebrate 4/20. Tickets are on-sale February 9th so get your tickets and make your travel plans now to join YMSB for their first show on the home front since September- not to mention the band's headline play at the Denver Fillmore -yeehaaaaaaaw! On the west coast side of things, move on up to the east side: YMSB headlines the historic Warfield Theater in San Francisco on April 6th. Tickets will be on-sale for this event February 17th. Check out a complete list of winter/spring New Horizons 2002 tour dates.

The Tour winds up May 3,4, when we return to the Big Easy to cook up more bluegrass gumbo during our first ever appearance during Jazzfest week!! We are excited to announce our Riverboat Cruise on the Cajun Queen, Friday, May 3rd. Tickets go on-sale Friday, February 22nd. This is an actual paddle wheel riverboat which will cruise the Great Mississippi River. You don't want to be left out so get your tickets early! The party continues the following day on land at the House of Blues on May 4th with a late-night performance. The band looks forward to blazin' with y'all in the Big Easy. Yeh you right!

A sneak peak down the road at festival season holds appearances at Telluride Bluegrass, High Sierra Music Festival, and last but certainly not least, the Northwest String Summit (June 28-30th) to be held in North Plains, OR headlined by YMSB. Featured guests include The David Grisman Quartet, Tim O'Brien Band, Psychograss (feat. Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, David Grier, Todd Phillips & Tony Trischka) with more to come. Check StringSummit.com for more info.

[Published on: 2/13/02]

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