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Yonder Mountain String Band Florida Tour and New Album Announcement!

Yonder Mountain String Band is firing on all cylinders as they announce a slew of Winter and Spring 2015 tour dates throughout the South, Midwest, and West Coast.

Jake Jolliff (mandolin) and Allie Kral (fiddle) will be along for the ride on both tours. First off in January 2015 & February 2015, YMSB headlines the following venues: Lincoln Theatre (Raleigh, NC: Jan. 21), The Orange Peel (Asheville, NC: Jan. 22), Cannery Ballroom (Nashville, TN: Jan. 23), Bijou Theatre (Knoxville, TN: Jan. 24), Vogue Theatre (Indianapolis, IN: Jan. 28), Canopy Club (Urbana, IL: Jan. 29), Ann Arbor Folk Festival (Ann Arbor, MI: Jan. 30), Barrymore Theater (Madison, WI: Jan. 31), State Theatre (State College, PA: Feb. 3), House of Blues (Cleveland, OH: Feb. 4), The Kentucky Theatre (Lexington, KY: Feb. 5), Variety Playhouse (Atlanta, GA: Feb. 6), The Music Farm (Columbia, SC: Feb. 7), The Music Farm (Charleston, SC: Feb. 11), The Social (Orlando, FL: Feb. 12), Jannus Live (St. Petersburg, FL: Feb. 13), Revolution Live (Fort Lauderdale, FL: Feb. 1), and Freebird Live (Jacksonville Beach, FL: Feb. 15).DSC_7229

In March 2015 & April 2015, YMSB hits the Pink Garter Theatre (Jackson, WY: Mar. 24), Wilma Theatre (Missoula, MT: Mar. 25), Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR: Mar. 26), The Neptune (Seattle, WA: Mar. 27), McDonald Theatre (Eugene, OR: Mar. 28), Van Duzer Theatre (Arcata, CA: Mar. 30), Park City Live (Park City, UT: Apr. 1), Whitney Peak (Reno, NV: Apr. 2), Fox Theater (Oakland, CA: Apr. 3), House of Blues (Los Angeles, CA: Apr. 4), Wareham Opera House (Manhattan, KS: Apr. 8), Cain’s Ballroom (Tulsa, OK: Apr. 9), Granada Theatre (Dallas, TX: Apr. 10), Stubb’s BBQ (Austin, TX: Apr. 11), George’s Majestic (Fayetteville, AR: Apr. 12), Bourbon Theatre (Lincoln, NE: Apr. 15), The Gillioz Theatre (Springfield, MO: Apr. 16), and The Pageant (St. Louis, MO: Apr. 17).

Bluegrass is a music steeped in tradition, but over the past decade and a half — much of it spent on the road — Yonder Mountain String Band has spearheaded a renegade movement to rewrite the definition of the genre. Alongside other neo-bluegrass friends such as Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, The Travelin’ McCourys, and Railroad Earth, YMSB has thoroughly revitalized and contemporized bluegrass and introduced it to many thousands of new fans. Rolling Stone said that YMSB “liberates bluegrass’ hot-shit riffing and blue-sky harmonies from its hidebound formalism,” while Paste Magazine wrote, “The Yonder Mountain boys have found a formula that works: take rootsy bluegrass influences, add in some rock ‘n’ roll, and seek out an adventurous audience.”

Yonder Mountain String Band is comprised of Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals), Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals), and select special guest artists who will appear with the band throughout 2014 & 2015. Two standout musicians regularly performing live with YMSB are Jake Jolliff (mandolin, vocals) and Allie Kral (fiddle, vocals). Jolliff is an award-winning mandolin player (First Place, National Mandolin Championship 2012, Walnut Valley Festival), and was a founding member of the disbanded Americana outfit, Joy Kills Sorrow. Kral is well-known as the former fiddle player for Cornmeal (2003 – 2013), and she’s worked alongside various notable artists including moe., Railroad Earth, Warren Haynes, and others. For confirmed line-up information, please see the tour dates listed below._DSC5121

With the band having one of the strongest touring bases in the industry, fans and critics alike have been drawn to both their live shows and singular studio albums. Reporting from the All Good Music Festival (2009), journalist Jarrett Bellini from CNN Showbiz Tonight notes, “The trophy for best musical set goes to Yonder Mountain String Band who, as the sun began to set, left it all on the stage for an hour and a half. The pickers from Colorado had the audience dancing and shaking, kicking up a joyful storm of dust into the cool summer sky.”

YMSB has evolved into something of a phenomenon on the concert and festival circuit. The band has sold out Colorado’s famed Red Rocks several times, and played sold-out shows with Grateful Dead and Furthur bassist Phil Lesh at his Terrapin Crossroads venue in August 2012. They also host three singular music festivals every year — Northwest String Summit (now in its 14th year and hosted by YMSB every year), Harvest Music Festival (where they will host for the sixth time in October 2015), and Strings & Sol (Yonder hosts for the third year-in-a-row in Mexico in December 2014) — and have consecutively sold out runs of shows at Telluride Bluegrass Festival year after year. Every other year, YMSB also hosts Kinfolk Festival @ Planet Bluegrass. In all, Yonder Mountain logs over 100 live dates per year.PCS_0721

Yonder has always played music by its own design. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences, they’ve come to pioneer a sound that they alone could only champion. With a traditional lineup of instruments, they may appear to be a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they’ve taken the customary old-timey instrumentation to new heights, transcending any single genre. Yonder has become a regular performer at major music festivals like the iconic Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Summer Camp, and DelFest as well as massive multi-stage events like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Festival.

YMSB is currently working on a new full-length studio recording; fans can expect a new album to be released in 2015.


12/31 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater*^
1/1 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater*^&
1/2 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater*^#
1/3 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater*^!
1/21 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre*^
1/22 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel*^
1/23 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom*^
1/24 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre*^
1/28 – Indianapolis, IN – Vogue Theatre*^
1/29 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club*^
1/30 – Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor Folk Festival*^
1/31 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theater*^
2/3 – State College, PA – State Theatre*^
2/4 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues*^
2/5 – Lexington, KY – The Kentucky Theatre*^
2/6 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse*^
2/7 – Columbia, SC – The Music Farm*^
2/11 – Charleston, SC – The Music Farm*^
2/12 – Orlando, FL – The Social*^
2/13 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live*^
2/14 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live (Outdoor Stage)*^
2/15 – Jacksonville Beach, FL – Free Bird Live*^
3/24 – Jackson, WY – Pink Garter Theatre*^
3/25 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre*^
3/26 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom*^
3/27 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune*^
3/28 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre*^
3/30 – Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theatre*^
4/1 – Park City, UT – Park City Live*^
4/2 – Reno, NV – Whitney Peak*^
4/3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater *^
4/4 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues*^
4/8 – Manhattan, KS – Wareham Opera House*^
4/9 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom*^
4/10 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre*^
4/11 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ*^
4/12 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic*^
4/15 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre*^
4/16 – Springfield, MO – The Gillioz Theatre*^
4/16 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant*^
7/16/15 – 7/19/15 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit

Special Guest Performers:
*Jake Jolliff (mandolin, vocals)
^Allie Kral (fiddle, vocals)
& John Popper (harmonica), Shawn Camp, Dave Watts (drums), & Joey Porter (keys)
# Jennifer Hartswick (trumpet) and Natalie Cressman (trombone)
! Andy Hall (dobro) and Andy Falco (guitar)

For more info visit YonderMountain.com


Photos From Polish Ambassador At Freebird Live & Permaculture Event

To put it simply, David Sagalski aka The Polish Ambassador, is one righteous dude. Everything the man does has meaning and purpose to it. From Permaculture, to Digital Freedom, to truly appreciating what it means to have fans and young folks who look up to you. The Polish Ambassador has become a shining example of what the scene should be, a place for creativity, unity and above all things, love.

Two days ago, HYPE contributing photographer, Cherish L’Dawn aka Black Creek Photography, got the chance to take some awesome shots of The Polish Ambassador featuring Liminus and Mr. Lif.

Heres some music from TPA and his wife’s project, WildLight

Yesterday, Cherish also got the chance to cover another part of The Polish Ambassador tour and that was his Permaculture event in Jacksonville, FL.

For more info visit ThePolishAmbassador.com

& Facebook.com/WilsonBrothersEntertainment

Photos: Yonder Mountain String Band W/ John Frazier at Freebird Live

Back on Jan. 30th Yonder Mountain String Band was supposed to play a show at Freebird Live in Jacksonville Beach with The Travelin’ McCourys. Unfortunately, due to poor weather, the guys weren’t able to make it. This however opened the stage for two killer McCourys sets just days after the guys took home the grammy for best bluegrass album backing legendary bluegrass musician, Del McCoury.

Yonder Mountain being the upstanding guys that we all know they are, came back down to Jax Beach on Feb. 9th for two insane sets of super high-energy, boot stomping, bluegrass music. Here are my photos from that night:

Grandpa’s Cough Medicine

Yonder Mountain String Band with John Frazier

AURA Exclusive: Papadosio at Freebird Live

This past Saturday, December 14th, Electronic-prog rockers Papadosio stopped through Jacksonville Beach to play Freebird Live in support of their latest album, T.E.T.I.O.S. The guys will also once again be playing this year’s AURA Music and Arts Festival for two nights on February 14-17. Continue reading AURA Exclusive: Papadosio at Freebird Live

EOTO Bass Invaders Tour!

Questionably the best improvised EDM and Dubstep duo in the fesitval scene today, EOTO, are hitting the road once again on their Bass Invaders tour.

EOTO @ Wanee 2012

The highlight of the show is sure to be their new 3D projection mapped lotus stage. Hype-mag.com will be on site at EOTO’s Freebird Live show in Jax Beach, Fl.EOTO Fall & Winter Tour Dates:
09/07/12- 09/09/12- Hancock, NY- Catskill Chill Music Festival 7:30pm- Camp Minglewood.
09/08/12- Morrison, CO- Red Rocks Amphitheatre 7:30pm- 18300 West Alameda Parkway.
09/15/12- Rock Camp, WV 24747 Pink Moon Festival- 8:00pm- Route 1, Box 137.
09/21/12- Thornville, OH- The Werk Out Festival- 8:30pm- Legend Valley.
09/22/12- St. Louis, MO- 2720 Cherokee- 7:30pm
09/23/12- Des Moines, IA- Wooly’s Des Moines- 8:00pm- 504 East Locust Street.
09/28/12- Anaheim, CA- House of Blues- 8:00pm- 1530 S Disneyland Dr., Anaheim, CA 92802.
09/29/12 Flagstaff, AZ- Kaleidoscope Kamp Out- 12:00pm- Fort Tuthill Park.
10/03/12- Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Revolution- 8:00pm- 100 SW 3rd Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL33312.
10/04/12- St. Petersburg, FL- State Theater- 8:00pm- 687 Central Avenue St.
10/05/12- Gainesville, FL- The Florida Theatre- 9:30pm- 233 West University Ave..
10/06/12- Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live- 8:00pm- 200 1st St N Jacksonville Bch.
10/07/12- Tallahassee, FL- The Moon- 9:30pm- 1105 East Lafayette Street.
10/18/12- Seattle, WA- City Arts Fest 2012- 8:00pm.
10/20/12- Arcata, CA- Arcata Theatre- 8:00pm- 1036 G St. / 95521.
10/26/12- Pittsburgh, PA- Rex Theater- 8:00pm. $20. All Ages. 1602 E. Carson St..
10/31/12- Lawrence, KS Granada Theater- 9:00pm. $25.00. 18+. 1020 Massachusetts St.
11/07/12- Missoula, MT The Top Hat- 9:30pm. $20/ADV $25/DOS. 18+. 134 West Front Street.
11/08/12- Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House- 7:00pm- 919 W. Sprague Ave..
11/09/12- Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom- 8:00pm- 128 NE Russell St. / 97212.
11/28/12- Davenport, IA Redstone Room- 8:00pm- 129 N. Main St.
11/29/12- West Lafayette, IN- Lafeyette Theatre- 8:00pm- 600 Main Street.
11/30/12- Urbana, IL- The Canopy Club- 8:00pm- 708 S. Goodwin.
12/01/12- Columbia, MO- The Blue Note- 8:00pm- 17 North Ninth Street, Columbia, Missouri 65201.

For more info visit: eotomusic.org

By Phil Sunkel:PSunkel@Hype-mag.com

Tornado Rider on the Storm

Hype met up with Punk/bluegrass rockers, Tornado Rider, at Freebird Live for an interview and to check out the guys show for the umpteebth time. Tornado Rider is one of our favorite live performances, which is literally a trip every time. Lead Cellolist and vocalist Rushad Eggleston gave us a little insight into the world of Tornado Rider.
You can catch Tornado Rider at this years Magnoliafest at the Spirit of the Suwannnee Music Park in Live Oak, Fla.

For more info on Tornado Rider check out: tornadoriderband.com

By Phil Sunkel: psunkel@hype-mag.com

Audio for videos by Michael Parker: Mparker@hype-mag.com