Similar to its recent late-night performance during the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Yonder Mountain String Bands New Years show at Denver, COs Fillmore Auditorium turned into something of a bluegrass super-jam featuring many of the scenes most prominent players. Throughout Yonder Mountains entire two-set show longtime collaborator Darol Anger performed on fiddle, while Bela Fleck emerged during the groups first set for ‘Steep Grade Sharp Curves,’ Howard Hughes Blues, Polly Put The Kettle On, Jenny Run Away In the Mud & Rain, Peace Of Mind, King Ebenezer Rap and Peace Of Mind. On Polly Put The Kettle On and Jenny Run Away In the Mud & Rain, Uncle Earls Rayna Gellert, who is featured in the November issue of Relix, also joined in on fiddle. Similarly, Yonder Mountain String Band marked its second set with a number of intriguing collaborations.
The group opened its second set with the Leftover Salmon duo of Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman joining in on mandolin and guitar respectively on numbers like Get Me Outta This City and Midnight Blues. On Jack London, Fleck returned to the stage, helping the expanded version of Yonder Mountain String Band ring in 2006. The Flecktones leader then remained onstage for Angel and It’s All Too Much. Perhaps most exciting, during Yonder Mountains encore of High Lonesome Sound, Peter Rowan made his way to the stage alongside Emmitt and Fleck, before the evenings entire company appeared on a show closing version of Tear Down The Grand Ole Opry.
Yonder Mountain String Band will return to the road Saturday for a performance in Portland, OR as part of the citys River City Bluegrass Festival.