Just outside of Portland, Oregon, nestled in a majestic old growth forest lies Horning’s Hideout, home to Yonder Mountain String Band‘s Northwest String Summit, a gathering of the finest pickers and grinners you’re likely to see. Joining Yonder in the picturesque setting are legends like Del McCoury and David Grisman, modern masters Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, funksters The Greyboy Allstars, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Portland area home town heroes Fruition and The Shook Twins, east coast representatives like Town Mountain and flat picking guru Larry Keel and so many more.
While the stages fill with once in a life time sets and super jams honestly, the location itself is the most mind blowing thing you’ll experience. Horning’s Hideout is a nature preserve, and it hosts only one or two events a year, to lessen the ecological impact and as such, any opportunity to commune with the surrounding beauty is one not to be missed. Between the strolling peacocks, the pristine lake and the wooded hiking paths you will be hard pressed to find a better place to see live music. There’s a natural amphitheater that faces the lake and when the lights paint their leaves and the music fills the air there’s a magic feeling that permeates the entire festival. With a strong focus on family, there are lots of lil ones running around, with tons of activities for them to enjoy besides getting an early education in music appreciation.
Yonder takes their hosting duties very seriously, hosting workshops, sitting in with as many acts as they can, and just wandering the grounds sharing stories and love. They help curate the line up as well, and having spent well over a decade on the scene have gotten to know so many of the finest players on the scene that they can pick most any band and know that they are bringing in friends they can count on to give their all for the musical cause.
With a stellar line up of incredible bands and players, a setting that truly defines the phrase “Natural Beauty” and a open, inviting vibe indicative of the Pacific Northwest, there is no finer way to while away a weekend than the Northwest String Summit. See you there!
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