Yonder Mountain String Band Plays Stage AE; CHMH Hosts Citizen Cope (Fri., 11/3/17)

1) Progressive bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band will be in concert at Stage AE. Colorado, now a major producer of “green” grass, also grew this bluegrass band, which has seven studio albums. “Yonder,” as they are sometimes known, formed in 1998 in Nederland, CO, and they are now based in Boulder. The lineup has undergone  some changes. Founding member, mandolinist, and vocalist Jeff Austin left in 2014. The other members recruited violinist Allie Kral and mandolinist Jacob Jolliff, and the new lineup released 2015’s Black Sheep. They followed it with this year’s Love. Ain’t Love and Mountain Tracks: Volume 6, their latest installment in a series of live albums dating back to 2000. The new studio album contains a spirited cover of King Harvest’s “Dancing in the Moonlight.” “Half Moon Rising,” an original lunar tune, remains one of the band’s most popular songs. The Last Revel opens. Doors open 7:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (RH, CM)

2) Clarence Greenwood, a.k.a. Citizen Cope, is a one-man musical juicing machine. The Washington, D.C.-based singer/songwriter takes an assortment of styles—soul, funk, rock, hip-hop, and occasional folk and blues—and blends them together, and the mixture is always as a fine and silky as a smoothie. Cope has a new single out now, a reggae version of his song “Lifeline.”Cope will be performing an “intimate solo/acoustic listening performance” at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. 8 p.m. 510 E. 10th Ave., Munhall. (EC, RH)

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