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April 25, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

Way over Yonder

Now that what once passed for "alternative" is practically "adult contemporary," hitherto neglected musical types are resurfacing again, brought back to life with a new vitality that only a young and inquisitive group of musicians can bring to them. A good example of this is the resurgence of bluegrass music. Once only found on the soundtracks of PBS specials about Appalachia and on reruns of "Hee-Haw," bluegrass music is being played on college campuses throughout the country - or at least in Colorado, where bluegrass music is apparently performed in clubs across the state.

At the forefront of this bluegrass explosion is the quartet of Adam Aijala (guitar), Dave Johnston (banjo), Jeff Austin (mandolin) and Ben Kaufman (upright bass), a.k.a. the Yonder Mountain String Band. Check out their newest recording, 2005's "Mountain Tracks: Vol. 3," a double-CD live recording of the 2003 Kinfolk Celebration, an annual event held in honor of the band's family of fans, the Kinfolk. The album features such Yonder Mountain String Band favorites as "Winds O' Wyoming," "Traffic Jam," "Little Rabbit," and "Queen of the Earth."

- Th-F April 29-30, 8 p.m.
Historic Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave. S.
$25, $45 for both nights.
651-989-5151, www.hennepintheatredistrict.org.

Of joy

Am I the only one out there that cried when Sir Elton John and Eminem sang that duet together at the Grammys all those years ago? Probably. Then again, maybe I didn't actually cry, or even watch the Grammys at all, but I heard about it the next day from this woman who was sitting at a bus stop and talking to herself about it.

We both thought it was kind of neat that those two men from totally different backgrounds and musical styles could come together like that and sing a song together. It's really just wonderful. Doesn't it just give you hope for humanity?

This Friday, you can see and hear the knight who once played with Slim Shady.

- F April 29, 7 p.m.
Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N.
$45 to $125.
651-989-5151, www.targetcenter.com.

Holly Day can be reached at lalena@bitstream.net.