Yonder Mountain String Band(photo: Jay Blakesberg)

The feverish force of virtuoso bluegrass that is Yonder Mountain String Band is set to take over The Independent this weekend for the for first two days of April.

Approaching two years removed from Black Sheep, the Colorado-based quintet's latest album and first studio release since the departure of founding member Jeff Austin, YMSB has continued to expand into a band that is greater than the sum of their parts and instrumental in the rising revitalization of Americana and traditional instrumentation.

With mandolin player Jacob Joliff and violinist Allie Kral joining the ranks of Dave Johnston on banjo, Ben Kauffman on stand-up bass, and guitarist Adam Aijala, they embody a traditional bluegrass band lineup, but push past the possible limitations of the genre.

“We’ve been growing over the years and I feel like we really don’t have any limitations,” says Aijala.

“It’s not just bluegrass — it’s progressive," says Kaufmann in press materials. Everything Yonder has ever tried to do, we’re doing in this record...When you make a big change like we did, it’s a huge thing. But the band is a force, and the album is such a perfect example of our new direction.”

We should be hearing news about the band's next studio disc, scheduled to be released in the first half of this year. While no official announcement has been made, last summer the band released this video for the song "Alison," supposedly from the upcoming album. Check it out below:

Opening each night at The Independent will be Missoula, MT-based bluegrass upstarts The Lil' Smokies, winners of the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association "Momentum" award for Best Band.

Two-night passes are available here for $64.

Yonder Mountain String Band, The Lil Smokies
The Independent
April 1, 2017
8pm, $32 (21+)

Yonder Mountain String Band, The Lil Smokies
The Independent
April 2, 2017
8pm, $32 (21+)