Northwest String Summit will pay tribute to late mandolin player Jeff Austin when the music festival returns to Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, OR this coming weekend. Austin died late last month at the young age of 45.
The festival shared the announcement on Monday with the following statement posted to its social media pages:
“Please join us with the Kinfolk Community Remembrance & Unification Gathering as we remember our brother Jeff Austin and celebrate the Kinfolk Community that Yonder Mountain String Band along with their extended musical family has helped to create. So many of us met because of this band and community, including many of the bands we know and love!”
Austin’s former Yonder Mountain String Band bandmate Ben Kaufmann shared a moving tribute to his late friend in the days following his shocking death. The tribute was just one of many shared by members of the folk, bluegrass, and jam scene following Austin’s death, including Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, The String Cheese Incident, Greensky Bluegrass, and more.
This year’s Northwest String Summit will take place on July 18th-21st, and will feature performances from artists including Trampled By Turtles, The Infamous Stringdusters, Fruition, Galactic featuring Erica Falls, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Dark Star Orchestra, and more.
Head to the event website for tickets and general info.
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