Welcome to part two of Quarantine Life, featuring artists from Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth and more! It’s been interesting watching how the music world has responded to life off the road. Sure, tours have been canceled, and festivals have been rescheduled. What we’re seeing, though, is the bands and artists we love have adapted. Aside from a clear obsession with Joe Exotic and the Tiger King, we’re still seeing them live, but via stream – sometimes nightly.
The Hot August Music Festival, held on August 15 at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland, has announced its initial lineup, and the 2020 installment – the festival’s 28th – will bridge many genres. Greensky Bluegrass, Larkin Poe, and Shakey Graves top the lineup, giving fest attendees a little taste of bluegrass, blues, and Americana.
Northwest String Summit has announced the initial lineup for the 19th year of the festival, to take place from July 16-19 at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, Oregon. The heavy hitters on the first batch of artists includees Greensky Bluegrass, Umphrey’s McGee, and Yonder Mountain String Band.
The lineup for Bonnaroo 2020, taking place June 11-14, has been announced, and it’s a heavy one. Tool headlines the first night, with Lizzo up on the second, and finally Tame Impala on the third. But, the goodies are further down the lineup.
Words/Images: Jake Cudek
Legend is historically born out of greatness. Rarely is it the other way around. The saga of The High Hawks is one such lore that has only just begun. Whether one believes this yarn spun by Vince Herman about how the vision for this band was seeded (read about it here), what is certainly evident is that with three well-attended, high-energy Colorado shows under their belt, The High Hawks are ready to rev up the second leg of their inaugural tour.
October 2, 2019
Words/photos by Josh Mintz
“They aren’t the best at what they do – they are the only ones that do what they do.” That’s what legendary concert promoter Bill Graham once said about the Grateful Dead.
Greensky Bluegrass isn’t the only ones doing what they do, and it’s impossible to say they’re the best at what they do – but it’s hard to argue. Their scorching set at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN on October 2 made that point clear.
What The Night Brings – a tribute to Jeff Austin – will be held on November 4 in Denver, Colorado at the Mission Ballroom. All proceeds will go to the Jeff Austin Family fund. The event will feature performances by Austin’s former bandmates, contemporaries and collaborators.
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
Charlotte, North Carolina
July 20, 2019
Words/photos by Brad Kuntz
On Saturday, July 20, Greensky Bluegrass took the stage at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. Temps in Charlotte had been hot that past week, and while the weather finally relented, Greensky did not.