NextGen Bluegrass supergroup The Jacob Jolliff Band to play the Smith


Leading next generation bluegrass supergroup, The Jacob Jolliff Band, comes to the Smith Center for the Arts on Friday, August 13th at 8 p.m. Led by one of the country’s leading contemporary mandolin players, Jacob Jolliff, the band features renowned improvisational violinist Alex Hargreaves, guitarist Stash Wyslouch, and bassists Myles Sloniker and Max Johnson. The specific band lineup is subject to change. There will be a Members-only presale on Thursday, July 15 at 12 p.m., and a general public onsale starting on Friday, July 16 at 12 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit, visit or call our newly-reopened box office for phone and in-person sales, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday.

Until 2020, Jacob Jolliff was a member of leading bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band. Jolliff founded former New England roots band Joy Kills Sorrow, while attending Berklee School of Music on a full scholarship, which disbanded in 2014. In 2012, Jolliff had the distinctive honor of being named the National Mandolin Championship winner. A fixture of the national bluegrass community, he has collaborated and shared the stage with Darol Anger, Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, and David Grisman to name a few.

The Jacob Jolliff Band (JJB) is a rotating quartet of some of the most virtuosic and innovative young acoustic pickers in the country, including Alex Hargreaves, on fiddle. Considered one of best improvising violinists in the world, Hargreaves is the winner of The Grand Masters Fiddle Championship and a regular member of Chris Thile’s Live From Here band. Other members of the JJB include Stash Wyslouch on guitar (The Deadly Gentleman, The Stash! Band, and Molsky's Mountain Drifters) and bassists Myles Sloniker and Max Johnson (Sarah Jarosz, Ricky Skaggs).

Ticket buyers will once again be able to choose their own seats via our ticketing service, Eventbrite. Attendees will no longer be seated socially distant from other parties. Full vaccination is not required to attend this event, however masks must be worn at all times by unvaccinated attendees. Please take this in consideration prior to purchasing your tickets.

The Smith's box office will be open for in person or over the phone sales Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm. Online tickets can be purchased at any time. The Smith is no longer mailing tickets or offering will call. All phone or online purchases will receive a digital ticket sent to a valid email.

The Smith Center for the Arts, stewards of the historic Smith Opera House, provides diverse arts and educational enrichment opportunities year-round for Finger Lakes residents and visitors. The Smith Opera House is at 82 Seneca St. in Geneva, NY. Due to COVID-19, our box office is only open by appointment. If you wish to leave a message for our staff, please email or call (315)781-5483 to leave a voicemail. For more information visit

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