By: Greg Horowitz
The Jeff Austin Band has been added to the lineup for the Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival for two performances. The festival takes place September 11-14th in Danville, IL. Visit www.potm.us for tickets and more information.
Mandolinist Jeff Austin is unstoppable. He is celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for improvisation on stage, but those qualities also speak volumes about how he chooses to live. Austin has cultivated his natural musical abilities and allowed himself to be driven by his boldest instincts. In this way, he has been able to build positive, exciting momentum around his life’s greatest passion.
While at the University of Cincinnati he met banjoist Dave Johnston, who encouraged him to take up the mandolin In 1998, Austin and Johnston relocated to Nederland, Colorado where they formed Yonder Mountain String Band with Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann.
Now Jeff is headed in a new creative direction as he steps into the spotlight as a solo artist. “I love writing a three-minute song with a hook that would grab a five-hundred-pound marlin as much as I like writing something that goes, ‘Okay, after the bridge, it’s going to open up and just go wide!!’”
The inaugural Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival will be a 4 day camping event to be held September 11-14, 2014 at the beautiful 3000 acre Kennekuk County Park in Danville, IL. The site itself, with its historic collection of turn-of-the-century buildings, feels like small town America. Join us for four days of 100% organic, guaranteed feel good music, performed by nationally renowned musicians on 4 unique outdoor stages.
Why did the festival choose Phases of the Moon for its name? We’ve always looked to the moon with a great fascination and wonder. Its phases represent a cycle of renewal and a guiding light through darkness. The moon exerts a powerful pull on both the ocean tides and on our human emotions. As we began to create our festival, we thought, what better way to express the uplifting power of music and its relationship with nature than by naming it Phases of the Moon!