As the shutdown of live music continues, Yonder Mountain String Band took the opportunity to perform at an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The jamgrass group took the stage at the world-famous geographic wonder for a set of music sans audience.
Yonder, like many other groups, has adapted to the times by also performing at a drive-in theater. The group played a show at Terry Bison Ranch in Cheyenne, WY this past Sunday in the small town just 80 miles from Denver, CO.
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In the clip, the band wishes upright bassist Ben Kaufmann a happy birthday before turning the camera’s attention to the empty stands. After Kaufmann jokingly says that he got what he wanted for his birthday and gives thanks to the band, YMSB launches into a feverish hootenanny. Right off the rip, Allie Kral and Nick Piccininni get locked into a fierce battle of fiddles that eventually subsides to allow guitarist Adam Aijala to take center stage for a moment with some bluegrass picking.
The band noted that they were not playing with any PA, so the audio in the clip below isn’t great. They were, however, recording direct to the soundboard, and that audio will be available soon. Watch YMSB perform to an empty Red Rocks Amphitheatre below, and be on the lookout for the band’s full set on its Facebook page.
Yonder Mountain String Band — Red Rocks Amphitheatre