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WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Music & Brew Festival - GREENSKY BLUEGRASS, YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, LEFTOVER SALMON, THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS, SAM BUSH BAND, PETER ROWAN, FRUITION, HOT BUTTERED RUM, MANDOLIN ORANGE, DEAD WINTER CARPENTERS and many more

Friday

Mar 31, 2017 – 1:45 PM

1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146 Map

  • Yonder Mountain String Band
  • Greensky Bluegrass
  • The Infamous StringDusters
  • Infamous Stringdusters
  • Leftover Salmon
  • Hot Buttered Rum
  • Peter Rowan
  • Sam Bush
  • Dead Winter Carpenters
  • Mandolin Orange
  • Fruition

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WinterWonderGrass Website WINTERWONDERGRASS CALIFORNIA MARCH 31-APRIL 2, 2017 WinterWonderGrass is an all ages family event, must be 21+ to purchase alcohol.  Event is outdoors in the winter and takes place snow, rain or shine. No Refunds. Ticket fees include $6 Steamboat Resort fee, all management and credit card fees. 2017 Festival Hours  Friday March 31 | 1:45-10 pm (Complimentary Beer Tasting 2-5 pm)  Saturday April 1 | 1:45-10 pm (Complimentary Beer Tasting 2-5 pm)  Sunday April 2 | 1:45-9:00 pm (Complimentary Beer Tasting 2-5 pm) NEW - Thursday Feb 23 | 3-5 pm FREE SHOW IN SQUAW VILLAGE PLUS  6-10 pm Mountain Top Dinner (seperate ticket)    WINTERWONDERGRASS Music, Brews and Mountains is the foundation for the WinterWonderGrass Festival featuring more than 25 bands and 20 Colorado breweries over four days. WinterWonderGrass Festival is the perfect storm of world-class bluegrass, roots and acoustic artists, craft beer and libations under star filled Rocky Mountain nights encapsulating all things Colorado. Each year WinterWonderGrass supports local Colorado - with a focus on music education, environmental protection and disaster relief. The festival boasts a strong environmental program diverting over 80% of festival waste from landfills.  A Klean Kanteen stainless steel commemorative festival mug is included with each three-day festival ticket dramatically reducing single use plastics.  WinterWonderGrass is a community and family friendly event with a colorful kid’s zone including face painting, hula hooping and crafts.    
Yonder Mountain String Band: Colarado's YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND, known for its high-energy, improvisational live shows has just released (April 15, 2008) a new live album on the band's own Frog Pad Records. This marks the 5th volume in their lauded series of live albums, Mountain Tracks. Blending bluegrass and rock with traditional instrumentation (guitar, bass, mandolin and banjo), YONDER has pioneered a sound that is their own over the past ten years as a band.

Mountain Tracks: Volume 5, a double-disc CD featuring the unreleased and in-demand live show from Columbus, OH at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion (July 21, 2007) truly captures this sound. It also features a compilation disc of the best live tunes handpicked by the band from the past couple of years. As bassist Ben Kaufmann notes, "it's a 'through-the-years set of music" with the material ranging from 2004 through 2007. The compilation album has been sequenced so that it recreates the flow of an actual live show. It connects all the key elements of a live Yonder show: the fans, the music, the band and the energy.

Yonder (Adam Aijala-guitar, Jeff Austin-mandolin, Dave Johnston-banjo and Ben Kaufmann-bass) first came together in September 1998 over a growing love for bluegrass that quite unexpectedly brought the four players together during a free-for-all jam session at The Verve, a bar outside of Boulder, in 1998. Once they met, they knew they were onto something. "It was an eye-opening experience because we heard a unique sound," says Johnston. "Something coalesced that night."

Emphasizing song craft and unafraid to push its boundaries, things began snowballing quickly. In 1999, the band debuted with Elevation, produced by Grammy-winning dobro player Sally Van Meter and released (like each of its ensuing studio discs) on their own Frog Pad Records. Yonder Mountain returned in 2001 with Town by Town, helmed by Grammy Award winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Tim O'Brien. Van Meter was back behind the boards for the 2003 set Old Hands, a concept album of sorts that featured the songwriting of Benny "Burle" Galloway. Featured on the evocative tunes about cowboys, miners and all sorts of hard-livin' Western folk were O'Brien, lauded fiddleman Darol Anger (Bela Fleck, David Grisman Quintet, Vassar Clements) and dobro player Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris). In between those studio discs, the band released Mountain Tracks Volume 1-IV, issued on Frog Pad Records, and each capturing the energy of its increasingly popular live shows. Their last studio release, "Yonder Mountain String Band" was produced by rock producer Tom Rothrock (Foo Fighters, Elliot Smith, Beck) creating a sound for the band that continues to close the gap between bluegrass and rock. It's an album that "represents us more than any other record we've done," states Aijala, "because it incorporates more of our musical influences than ever before. It's a really cool thing to be a part of and I'll never take for granted just how lucky we are to do what we do. It makes me more excited for the future."

With little radio support, Yonder Mountain has become one of the fastest rising touring bands in the country, its fanbase having ballooned over the past five years through steady gigging and high-profile festival sets, all of which are full of improv and none of which feature the same set list. "Now that we're maturing as performers, our improvisation is more beholden to playing with good tone, good feel, good timing," says Johnston.

It can't be understated just what the band has achieved with that untraditional banjo/bass/mandolin/guitar line-up. Using bluegrass as its bedrock, the band has grown like few rock bands even do these days. "It's funny," says Austin. "But now we're selling out Red Rocks in Denver, just 40 miles from where we became a band." Yonder will return to Red Rocks August 2nd after last year's triumphant sold-out show. This summer will be a big year for the band with a co-headline tour with longtime collaborator Keller Williams, lots of festivals (Bonnaroo, Rothbury, Telluride Bluegrass, the band's own North West String Summit), and ending the summer with a hometown show at Red Rocks.

Greensky Bluegrass: Winners of the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, Greensky Bluegrass is taking Michigan’s blend of acoustic roots music on the road. Performing at festivals, theaters, bars, and listening rooms all over the US, their rare traditional sound has quickly spread to a national audience. The band is comfortable behind one condenser mic, with amplifiers, or any combination thereof. They are versatile performers for any stage and suitable for a wide range of listeners.

"A true hoedown... Kalamazoo style. These guys play all my favorite songs." - Larry Keel

The compositions of Greensky Bluegrass offer a unique perspective on tradition, and insight into their own experiences. Driving instrumentals and affecting lyrics contribute a fresh sound to an eclectic acoustic genre. GSBG is currently touring to promote the release of their sophomore album Tuesday Letter, produced by Tim Carbone from Railroad Earth.

"...every great album starts with great songs and this record is no exception. Songs of hope, truth, loss, and love of family and friends are all here. Songs that will make you laugh, dance and think. And songs of grace." -Tim Carbone

Greensky Bluegrass is Michael Arlen Bont, banjo; Dave Bruzza, guitar; Michael Devol, upright bass; and Paul Hoffman, mandolin. Recently they have performed on stage with Railroad Earth, Larry Keel and Steppin' In It. The band has shared bills with influential musicians including Ralph Stanley, Yonder Mountain String Band, Sam Bush Band, New Monsoon, Keller Williams, Ekoostic Hookah, Hot Buttered Rum, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Vince Herman, Mountain Heart, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The Mammals, Open Road, Darrell Scott, King Wilkie and many more.

The Infamous StringDusters: The band emerged in 2007 with the acclaimed album Fork in the Road on Sugar Hill Records. The band's current line-up features Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass).[1] The band has become known for a complex, distinctive, and groove-friendly sound along with a bluegrass theme.[2] Falco is the newest permanent member, filling the role vacated by guitarist Chris Eldridge (son of Ben Eldridge and later a touring partner with Chris Thile). Jesse Cobb (mandolin) announced his departure Oct 5, 2011; Dominick Leslie was announced as the mandolin player for the tour that followed but the band has not replaced Cobb and is now touring and recording as a five-piece ensemble.

Hot Buttered Rum: Hot Buttered Rum, one of the hardest-working and fastest-rising stars in the musical firmament, has become, over the last five years, a group that is infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. It began with a core of five uniquely talented musicians writing and singing songs on the mountaintops and city streets of Northern California; five musicians who, on the night they realized they loved playing together too much to ever stop, were sipping a warm buttery winter drink from which the group derived its name. Since that fateful night, the organization has steadily expanded to include a rich tapestry of fans, friends and family reaching from coast to coast.

Sam Bush: Though he admits a certain discomfort with the moniker 'King of Newgrass', Sam Bush has more than earned it. As cofounder and leader of the seminal progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival through 18 years during the 1970s and 80s, Bush may not be the only person responsible for newgrass, the wild bluegrass stepchild that features rock n roll grooves and extended virtuosic jams, but since New Grass Revival's dissolution in 1989, Bush has certainly been one of the most brilliant of newgrasss many bright lights.



Dead Winter Carpenters: Emerging from Northern California’s fertile music scene, Dead Winter Carpenters, is an eclectic quintet from Lake Tahoe, CA. DWC blends elements of rock’n’roll, folk, roots, country, ragtime, blues, and reggae music with choice influences ranging from throughout rock history, including Neil Young to David Byrne and Ryan Adams and the traditional fiddle tunes of earlier times to traverse genres and defy musical boundaries. This combination of a unique blend of genuine, authentic songwriting and dynamic musicianship epitomizes what great live music is all about.

Mandolin Orange: Mandolin Orange is a duo, sometimes band, led by songwriter Andrew Marlin and vocalist/instrumentalist Emily Frantz. The duo ornaments lyric and harmony-focused tunes with acoustic and electric guitars, fiddle and mandolin. As a band they are joined by rhythm section Jeff Crawford (bass) and James Wallace (drums). On September 24, 2011, Mandolin Orange will release their second project, a double album entitled HASTE MAKE | HARD HEARTED STRANGER. The release show will be held at Cat's Cradle, and tickets can be purchased in advance at catscradle.com. Haste Make was recorded with Jeff Crawford and James Wallace in winter 2010/2011 at Arbor Ridge Studios West in Franklin, NC and at Arbor Ridge Studios in Chapel Hill, and was produced by Jeff Crawford and Mandolin Orange. Hard-Hearted Stranger was recorded in summer 2011 at Rubber Room Studios in Chapel Hill and features Andrew and Emily alone, produced by Andrew Marlin. The 9/24 show will be the first place the album is made available, and the group will perform both duo and full band shows throughout the southeast following the release.

The duo's debut album "Quiet Little Room" released in May 2010, and its sparse arrangement and instrumentation reflect the influence of traditional music on their contemporary folk style. You can download "Quiet Little Room" on itunes: http://bit.ly/ibrqh3

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