Yonder Mountain String Band
12.31.06 :: Fillmore Auditorium :: Denver, CO
Words by: Brian Heisler :: Images by Pamela Martinez
After a week of snow storms that created headaches all across the country, fans hoped their Denver New Year's plans would not be ruined. The little string band from Nederland, CO, marched down the mountain to Denver's Fillmore Auditorium to keep the marquee honest for three nights of Yonder Mountain String Band. Even all the opening artists and guests managed to trudge their way to The Fillmore. In the future the city of Denver may want to consider hiring the Yonder Mountain Plow Service - they seemed able to get the job done when no one else could.
YMSB :: 12.31 :: Denver
Inside The Fillmore, all worries were left behind as the three-night blowout began with Keller Williams on 12/29 and the New Orleans Social Club on 12/30 supporting Yonder. On New Year's Eve, Yonder pulled out all the stops. Percussion innovator Futureman did his magic with the YMSB members, never straying far from the stage the whole night. Opening to cheers with "Idaho," the band moved into a monster jam, segueing "Fastball" > "Sometimes I've Won" > "On The Run" > "I'd Like Off" > "Too Late Now" > "Finally Saw The Light" > "On The Run." Set two began with new favorite, "Classic Situation," and closed with a Talking Heads cover, "Girlfriend is Better."
15 minutes shy of 2007, as the crowd chanted along to the Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right (to Party)," Yonder Mountain String Band reemerged for that special time we wait for all year round and talk about until the next New Year - The Countdown. The band's first song of 2007 was a cover of The Faces' "Ooh La La," to which the Mile High crowd added backup vocals. "We can't wait to see you this year," Jeff Austin told the audience as he began the encore and announced the band's plans for 2007, including two nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. "The Bolten Stretch" and "Steam Powered Aeroplane" closed the weekend and another year for the Colorado new grass band.
YMSB :: 12.31 :: Denver
YMSB :: 12.31.06 :: Fillmore Auditorium :: Denver, CO
Set I: Idaho, Fastball > Sometimes I've Won > On the Run > I'd Like Off1 > Too Late Now > Finally Saw The Light > On the Run, Rain Still Falls1, Romance Blues, Steep Grade Sharp Curves
Set II: Classic Situation, Fingerprint1, 2 Hits and The Joint Turned Brown, The Ewie Wi' The Crookit Horn, Cuckoo's Nest, 8 Cylinders, How 'Bout You?, Andre De Sabato Nuovo1, Wind's On Fire, Girlfriend Is Better
Set III: Ooh La La1, King Ebenezer Rap > Midwest Gospel Radio, Boatman2
E: The Bolton Stretch, Steam Powered Aereoplane
Futureman String Band opened
Entire show with Darol Anger on fiddle
Futureman on drums for sets 2 and 3, and Steam Powered Areoplane encore
1 First time played
2 Iko Iko tease