Yonder Mountain, Railroad Earth, + Keller & The Keels :: Concert at The Refinery
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM | Charleston, SC
Thursday, September 21, 2023
Relix Presents Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, and Keller & The Keels on Thursday, September 21st at The Refinery in downtown Charleston! We’ll be pouring the beers and you know that line-up will be just as sick as the music line-up.
Come see three legendary bands together each playing full sets. The order of the bands changes every night of their Fall Tour and is not announced in advance.
Yonder Mountain String Band
At 25 years old, Yonder Mountain String Band continues to exist at the forefront of the progressive bluegrass scene as undeniable innovators and pioneers of the modern jamgrass movement. Blending bluegrass with elements of rock, alternative, psychedelic and improvisational music, Yonder Mountain String Band brought their high-energy acoustic sound into rock n’ roll settings with tremendous success, proving it was possible for a bluegrass band to not only exist but excel in a rock world, without drums.
The inroads they made created opportunities for like-minded acoustic bands to perform at festivals, rock clubs, theaters, and stadiums previously considered off-limits for string bands. Yonder Mountain’s high-energy sound, compelling original music, and anything-goes attitude cultivated a spirit of collaborative improvisation that continues to fuel today’s progressive bluegrass and jamgrass scenes.
It is a testament to the legacy of Yonder Mountain String Band that their original songs and unique interpretations/arrangements of covers are regularly performed by next-generation bands in the scene. Yonder Mountain String Band celebrates their quarter-century mark with a Grammy Nomination for their 2022 release, Get Yourself Outside, and an induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame
For over two decades, Railroad Earth has captivated audiences with gleefully unpredictable live shows and eloquent and elevated studio output. The group introduced its signature sound on 2001’s The Black Bear Sessions. Between selling out hallowed venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, they’ve launched the longstanding annual Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville, CA, and Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival in Ozark, AR—both running for a decade-plus.
Sought after by legends, the John Denver Estate tapped them to put lyrics penned by the late John Denver to music on the 2019 vinyl EP, Railroad Earth: The John Denver Letters. Beyond tallying tens of millions of streams, the collective has earned widespread critical acclaim from David Fricke of Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Glide Magazine, and NPR who assured, “Well-versed in rambling around, as you might expect from a band named after a Jack Kerouac poem, the New Jersey-built jam-grass engine Railroad Earth has let no moss grow under its rustic wheels.”
Keller & The Keels
Definition: Appalachian Psychedelic Bluegrass
Award-winning flat picker Larry Keel and his rock solid, in-the-pocket bass-playing wife, Jenny Keel, make up two-thirds of this super fun trio that started in 2004. With three albums recorded together the handful of gigs they play a year turn into acoustic picking parties. They vowed from the beginning that we wouldn’t do it often so that when we did, it would be special and it is.
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