Yonder Mountain String Band Celebrates Return to ‘Normal’ Gigs in Vail
Group of mountain ropes there delivered their first sold-out, social-distancing concert Thursday in Vail, CO’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The concert came as part of the GoPro Mountain Games series that continues throughout the weekend, highlighted by two evenings hosted by Bob Weir & Wolf Bros.
The concert came after months of pandemic programming from the pillars of Jamgrass. In the mountain town of Vail, among an extensive range that includes The Shakedown group featuring members of The motet, as good as Rocky Mountain Reviews with Rob eaton of Black Star Orchestra, YMSB was able to benefit from the community return of live music.
The setlist has seen Yonder go through a plethora of well-received covers, some more conventional than others. Beginning with “If you are ever in Oklahoma” with JJ Cale, things quickly turned to the left with “20 Eyes” by Unsuitable. The covers continued with “Two Hits and the Joint Burned Down” by Dillard-Hartford-Dillard, “White Freight Liner Blues” by Van Zandt towns, and “Brown Eyed Women” by the Grateful dead.
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Yonder’s ensemble also included its fair share of original material, with spirited passages through “All The Time,” “On The Run,” “Another Day,” and more. The group also hinted that they recorded a full album during the pandemic, and even offered the debut of a new track.
Check out a full gallery of images from Yonder Mountain String Band at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, CO courtesy of Elliot Siff. The music continues tonight, June 12, with the second of two performances by Bob Weir & Wolf Bros.
Setlist: Yonder Mountain String Band | Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater | Vail, CO | 6/10/21
Ensemble: If You’re Still in Oklahoma (JJ Cale), 20 Eyes (Misfits), Two Hits and the Joint Turned Brown (Dillard-Hartford-Dillard), White Freight Liner Blues (Townes Van Zandt), Brown-Eyed Women (Grateful Dead), Tout le temps, Raleigh and Spencer (traditional), On the Run, Another Day, Straight Line, Travelin ‘Prayer (Billy Joel), (Unknown), Holding (John Hartford)