Live At The Tower presents Jacob Jolliff of Yonder Mountain String Band
Tickets: Reserved $27, $37, $47
Jacob started his own band in the Fall of 2015. While instrumentation-wise it's a traditional bluegrass ensemble, they call on a huge number of outside influences to create a unique take on roots music.
The group features Jacob's long-time partner-in-crime, Alex Hargreaves, on fiddle. The two of them have been playing together since middle school, both growing up in the Oregon bluegrass scene. Alex is widely considered one of best improvising violinists in the world and has won several national fiddle competitions, including The Grand Masters Fiddle Championship and The National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest. Hargreaves is also a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet.
For the guitar slot, Jacob called one of his all-time favorite picking buddies, Stash Wyslouch. Stash cut his teeth touring with The Deadly Gentleman, a contemporary of Joy Kills Sorrow in the Boston bluegrass scene. In addition to being an incredibly distinctive and shredding guitar player, Stash is also a powerful and versatile singer. He tours with his own project, The Stash! Band, in addition to playing with Molsky's Mountain Drifters.
Ironically, bassist Jeff Picker grew up right down the street from Alex and Jacob in Oregon, but they didn't meet until they were all living in NYC--ten years after leaving the northwest. Jeff created a name for himself tearing up the Portland jazz scene and won multiple national jazz competitions. Though he's quite capable of slaying bebop in thumb position, he also has a true appreciation for the nuances of bluegrass, and is an accomplished guitarist and singer as well. He currently tours with Sarah Jarosz.
Opening set from Rainbow Girls: a collaborative of songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, vocalists, and California natives who spent their first 5 years touring Europe and the US as a rock n' roll band. Since 2016 they've returned to their folkier roots by embarking on a House Concert Tour Across America. The current trio version of the band (Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, & Vanessa May) highlights their rich harmonies, ageless songwriting, and soulful, bluesy sound at its rawest form.
The ladies came together at an underground open mic in Santa Barbara, CA in December of 2010 and spent the following summer busking and couch surfing around Europe. Since then they have released two studio albums, toured the US and Europe extensively, and simultaneously developed two different forms of performing: 1) an electric, rock n’ roll, all out dance party; and 2) an intimate, acoustic set centered around their unique harmonies and folkier roots.