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WinterWonderGrass Review

Andy Hall - WinterWonderGrass

Wondering what Andy Hall was up to last weekend? Well, let me tell you… He was shredding it up with his band The Infamous Stringdusters at the seventh annual WinterWonderGrass in Steamboat, Colorado. The weekend kicked off on Friday under stormy skies to the tune of great people, even better beer and the best music money can buy. That trifecta is exactly what founder Scotty Stoughton strives for when curating his festivals. He aspires to create a sense of community, procure quality drinks and curate incredible musical lineups. The WinterWonderGrass festivals — located in Vermont’s Stratton Mountain, North Lake Tahoe and Steamboat, Colorado — can be defined as community festivals more than anything else. They’re for the people, by the people, and for three weekends a year at three vastly different locations across the country, everybody wins.

What brings the people out of their winter hibernations to brace the bitter cold is first and foremost the music. The infamous Stringdusters were just a piece of an epic lineup consisting of Railroad Earth with Erik Yates, Charlie Rose, and Bill McKay, The California Honeydrops, Jeff Austin Band, Fruition, Trampled by Turtles, Shook Twins, Della Mae with Bonnie Paine, and Billy Strings to name a few.

As much as I would love to give you a deep review of the overall weekend, we can just keep it short and sweet. Billy Strings, arguably one of the biggest up-and-coming pickers, took the stage prior to the Stringdusters set and gave a glorious performance. He graciously set the stage while the crowd embodied the “best is yet to come” mantra as they patiently awaited for the Stringdusters to take the stage. It has been noted, from the festival, fans, and bands alike, that the Infamous Stringdusters delivered the last and quite possibly the most epic set of the weekend. The Grammy-winning six-some was as tight as ever on Sunday night, running through covers, originals and setting the place on fire despite the freezing temperature. They performed fan favorites such as “Colorado,” “Fork” and “Get It While You Can,” their well-known cover of “Walking On The Moon,” a rendition of Phish’s “Possum” (EPIC) and an encore of the Grateful Dead’s “Scarlet Begonias” (SUPER EPIC).

All in all, the seventh annual WinterWonderGrass Steamboat was a terrific success, bringing the vision of “great music to great people in great communities” to life. The Infamous Stringdusters have a highly stacked and rigorous touring schedule this year, per usual, so you can catch Andy Hall on the road (most likely) in your city! Make sure to double check the ticket availability before going to the box office though, some off the shows are already sold out! Check out his TOURING SCHEDULE here.

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