Come see three legendary bands together each playing full sets. The order of the bands changes every night and is not announced in advance, so be sure to get there early!
At 25 years old, Yonder Mountain String Band continues to exist at the
forefront of the progressive bluegrass scene as undeniable innovators and
pioneers of the modern jamgrass movement. Blending bluegrass with
elements of rock, alternative, psychedelic and improvisational music, Yonder
Mountain String Band brought their high-energy acoustic sound into rock n’
roll settings with tremendous success, proving it was possible for a bluegrass
band to not only exist but excel in a rock world, without drums. The inroads
they made created opportunities for like-minded acoustic bands to perform
at festivals, rock clubs, theaters and stadiums previously considered off-limits
for string bands. Yonder Mountain's high-energy sound, compelling original
music and anything goes attitude cultivated a spirit of collaborative
improvisation that continues to fuel today’s progressive bluegrass and
It is a testament to the legacy of Yonder Mountain String Band that their
original songs and unique interpretations/arrangements of covers are
regularly performed by next generation bands in the scene.
Yonder Mountain String Band celebrates their quarter century mark with a
Grammy Nomination for their 2022 release, Get Yourself Outside, and an
induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
For over two decades, Railroad Earth has captivated audiences with gleefully unpredictable live shows and eloquent and elevated studio output. The group introduced its signature sound on 2001’s The Black Bear Sessions. Between selling out hallowed venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, they’ve launched the longstanding annual Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville, CA and Hillberry: The Harvest Moon Festival in Ozark, AR—both running for a decade-plus. Sought after by legends, the John Denver Estate tapped them to put lyrics penned by the late John Denver to music on the 2019 vinyl EP, Railroad Earth: The John Denver Letters. Beyond tallying tens of millions of streams, the collective have earned widespread critical acclaim from David Fricke of Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Glide Magazine, and NPR who assured, “Well-versed in rambling around, as you might expect from a band named after a Jack Kerouac poem, the New Jersey-built jam-grass engine Railroad Earth has let no moss grow under its rustic wheels.”
Few bands stick around for thirty years. Even fewer bands leave a legacy during that time that marks them as a truly special, once-in-lifetime type band. And no band has done all that and had as much fun as Leftover Salmon. Since their earliest days as a forward thinking, progressive bluegrass band who had the guts to add drums to the mix and who was unafraid to stir in any number of highly combustible styles into their ever evolving sound, to their role as a pioneer of the modern jam band scene, to their current status as elder-statesmen of the scene who cast a huge influential shadow over every festival they play, Leftover Salmon has been a crucial link in keeping alive the traditional music of the past while at the same time pushing that sound forward with their own weirdly, unique style.
We always offer free parking! We offer free parking off-site with complimentary shuttles.
If you would like to park on-site, you can easily purchase your VIP Parking by adding it to your ticket order.
The Forge: Lemont Quarries has several parking lots which will fill up for our concert events.
VIP Parking tickets have a guaranteed spot in Lot 2 + 3.
We have free parking in Lot 1 and our South (overflow) Lot.
We will offer free shuttles that will pick up and drop off from the downtown Lemont Metra lot in a constant loop starting at 4pm and going until the concert ends. This shuttle will pick up and drop off in Lot 1.
The shuttles operate on a continuous route from all parking lots to The Forge and back before, during and after events. Shuttles run until all guests are escorted out of the park and back to their vehicles.
Just wait at the pick-up location and a bus will pick you up shortly!
All of our concerts provide ample lawn space for you to view the show from. There's not a single bad or obstructed view. You're welcome to sit in the grass, bring camping chairs, lawn chairs, picnic blankets, or any other outdoor seating options.
PRO TIP: Bring a tarp to protect from any ground moisture cause by recent rain or dew.
All ages are welcome! We are a family-friendly park. Children under the age of 2 years old may enter this event for free with their guardian. All guests 2 and older will need a ticket for entry.
No outside food & beverage is allowed into our concert venue but you can purchase snacks and beverages at The Foundry.