The Slowdown, 729 N 14th St, 9 p.m., $20/ADV $25/DOS,

Bluegrass has always been a genre hat has walked a fine line between either really cool or really cheesy. The banjo-laden sound has something to do with it; being an instrument that requires efficient skill and speed, but also provoking mocking of backwoods and the movie Deliverance. However, the Yonder Mountain String band took the sound and made it its own, demanding you take another listen.  The multi-instrumental Nederland, Colorado quartet mixes elements of bluegrass, rock, and progressive to create a sound unmatched by any other. Initially sticking with the traditional bluegrass roots structure, the band builds on these layers with mandolins, jam-band country and the occasional freestyle scat from singer Jeff Austin. Yonder Mountain has toured for over a decade. This dedicated touring has produced a multitude of dedicated fans allowing them to stay true to the grassroots that made the genre so popular.

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