Live Music Fans,
Over the decades we have only booked one act for two nights on a handful of occassions. We did it for The Band of Heathens on their first gig in town a few years back. Then recently, we booked Let Them Roar for a special 2-Night Winter Solstice performance. There has to be a good reason when this happens; which means that it has to be a great act; like Yarn. We love booking talented and experienced pro touring acts like Yarn and are happy to present them on two straight nights. Some of their long-term, big fans are even coming to town for both shows.
And, we have a musical bonus for the week with a sweet American rock/funk/jazz fusion band from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Here comes a train load of new original songs for the shop coming here just for our musical entertainment. My favorite type of live music; original and new to my old ears. I’m hooked for life!
KDNK is right in the midst of their Membership Drive and could use your support. We have donated the couch as an incentive to join the best radio station around. A worthy cause and we are happy to annouce that our favorite station will be broadcasting all the live music from Sopris Park on all four Second Sundays starting on June 14th with the Taylor Scott Band.
See you at the shows!
THURSDAY NIGHT – MARCH 12TH – THE DESMOND JONES BAND – 8:30PM – www.desmondjonesband.com
“Desmond Jones is a five-piece rock/funk/jazz fusion band from Grand Rapids, MI. With original music written to complement the groups sound as a whole, the music is centered on melodic guitar riffs, groovy basslines, funky drumbeats, and smooth saxophone. The group takes influence from Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead, Phish, Miles Davis, The Band, and Led Zeppelin to name a few. Desmond Jones puts on exciting and high-energy shows with a high level of musicianship and skillful improvisation. Each show, set list, and song is different from night to night. The group has played over 400 shows in 5 years and has toured the Midwest, East Coast, CO, PA, WV, and more. Desmond Jones is John Nowak, Isaac Berkowitz, Chris Bota, George Falk, and John Loria.”
FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHT – MARCH 13TH AND 14TH – YARN – 8:30PM – www.yarnmusic.net
“You might expect a band that calls itself Yarn to, naturally, tend to spin a yarn or two. thats what we do, we tell stories, live and in the studio, truth and fiction singer/songwriter Blake Christiana insists. We dont always opt for consistency. Theres a different vibe onstage from what comes through in our recordings. Theres a difference in every show as well, you never know what youre going to get.
Its with that in mind that Yarn have announced a series of singles that will be digitally released on the 13th of every month beginning in January and continuing throughout the year. Each single will include an A side, a B side and an exclusive alternate version of one of the songs. Naturally, theres no better name for the project than Lucky 13.
These are essentially road stories, Christiana says. Theres an overriding theme that links these songs in a very broad sort of way, but again, the stories are not to be taken literally. The intention was to share the feeling of what its like to spend time travelling from city to city, with all the unlikely experiences that can be encountered along the way.
People always ask us to tell them road stories, singer guitarist Rod Hohl adds. While this batch of songs arent exactly literal road stories, most deal with some degree of adventure and adversity as inspired by our tours and treks around the country. Yet like any good story, theres an imaginative element to it as well. Thats why weve decided to release alternate versions of some of the tracks, to provide a glance at the oddities that exist just beyond sight
The titles of these tracks summarize the stories at a glance. Hohl describes Sioux City, Road Less Traveled and Hurricane as adventure stories as seen from the perspective of the road. Too Young re-imagines that road as an analogy, the highway of life. Weary, as title implies, describes the toll taken by that seemingly endless journey. However, theres also hope on the horizon; Heaven in You suggests that there is an oasis out there somewhere. Promised Land and American Dream offer reason why one might choose to embark upon that sojourn in the first place.
Yarn have never been content to simply ride a wave and see where it takes them. Their last album, This Is the Year, was celebratory in tone and boldly optimistic. A seamless blend of vibrant, inspired, back porch melodies and narrative, descriptive lyrics, it detailed the challenges one faces when life is jolted off its bearings and, in reevaluating relationships, tough choices must be made that sometimes skirting the rules. It was recorded in the aftermath of real life challenges that left the band splintered and unsure of their forward trajectory.
We were dealing with real life issues, Christiana said at the time. Broken relationships, a sense of having to regroup and put some things — and people — behind us. Thats what I was writing about lyrically in the new songs and it became kind of a catharsis. Nothing was contrived. We didnt have to relate to it in the third person. We were living these circumstances, and that gave us the impetus and inspiration to share our sentiments. Ultimately those setbacks and difficulties led to new opportunities and allowed a little light to shine through.
Yarns ability to persevere ought to come as no great surprise, especially for a band that spent two years honing their chops during a Monday night residency at the famed Kennys Castaway in New Yorks Greenwich Village. In effect, it allowed them to rehearse onstage, mostly in front of audiences that often ranged in size from five to a hundred people on any given night. Five studio albums followed — Yarn (2007), Empty Pockets (2008), Come On In (2010), Almost Home (2012) and Shine the Light On (2013). The band then took to the road, playing upwards of 170 shows a year and sharing stages with such superstars as Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels, Marty Stuart, Allison Krauss, Leon Russell, Jim Lauderdale and The Lumineers. They performed at any number of prestigious venues — Mountain Stage, Daytrotter, the Orange Peel in Asheville, the Fox Theater in Boulder, the 9:30 Club in D.C, South by Southwest, the Strawberry Festival, Rhythm and Roots, Meadowgrass, Floydfest and more, eventually surpassing 1,000 shows, half a million miles and performances in nearly every state. Theyve driven nonstop, made countless radio station appearances, driven broken-down RVs and watched as their van caught fire. Theyve paid their dues and then some, looking forward even as they were forced to glance behind.
Indeed, the accolades piled up quickly along the way. They have landed on the Grammy ballot 4 times, garnered nods from the Americana Music Association, placed top five on both Radio and Records and the AMA album charts, garnered airplay on Sirius FM, iTunes, Pandora, CNN, and CMT, and also accorded the Download of the Day from Rolling Stone. Shine the Light On found shared song writing credits with John Oates (the Oates of Hall & Oates fame), and when audiences expressed their admiration, it brought the band a populist following of diehard devotees, popularly known as the Yarmy.
As odd as that might seem, its proof positive that the Brooklyn and Raleigh based band — which is currently comprised of Blake Christiana, Rod Hohl, bassist Rick Bugel, and drummer Robert Bonhomme — have made their mark, and in dealing with their emotions, scars and circumstances, they find themselves in a position to share those experiences with others who have juggled similar sentiments.
Then again, one neednt take them at their word. When one unravels Yarn, its best to add ones own interpretations.”
Steve, Mary Margaret and Shannon