On July 13th, we had the distinct pleasure of hosting a fundraising event for GOFI, an organization that provides service dogs to people with disabilities. While it was an amazing opportunity to help out a great organization, and a great excuse to hang out with adorable puppies for an evening, it also meant that we could bring in one of our favorite bands to entertain the attendees for the night. YARN came to the Fallout Shelter and did what they did best; put on an energizing and musically impressive performance. They kept a full house audience on a hot July night rocking from the first note to the final fermata.
With an extensive catalogue of original music, YARN put together two long sets consisting of everything from boot-scooting dance numbers to introspective ballads. There was little bit of something for everyone, and everyone certainly found something to enjoy. They opened up with a softer and catchy “Time Burns On” from their 2010 release “Come On In”, and gave us a little taste of the musical experience that was to come. Over the next couple of hours, the boys from New York hit us with some of their classics like “Sioux City” and “Abilene”, and even treated us to some newer tunes like “Cocaine Bear” and “Hurricane” (the former of which gave the audience a few well-deserved laughs). Blake Christiana led the band with his slightly twangy vocals and tight roots rhythm guitar, and was complemented perfectly by Rod Hohl’s backup harmonies and scorching lead guitar. The pair built the eclectic set on the foundation of their incredibly consistent and entertaining rhythm section, composed of Rick Bugel on bass and Robert Bonhomme on drums, who both got to let loose on some solos throughout the night and drive the audience crazy. The pure electric energy that the four guys put out on stage could have powered all the homes in Norwood for a month straight. There was a moment later on in the second set during “Hurricane” where Blake broke a string on his acoustic guitar, and like a consummate professional, he had Rod Hohl go on an epic 8 minute guitar solo while he changed his guitar string on stage. It was truly a sight to behold, and further cemented the band’s legendary status at the studio.
If you get the chance to see YARN live in any capacity, grab the tickets and don’t look back. Their masterful songwriting translates so well to a live atmosphere and you’ll leave with at least five new favorite songs. They made a lot of new fans during their two sets at the Fallout Shelter, and upon their hopeful return, will leave with even more. Until then, we’ll all be quietly humming “Cocaine Bear” to ourselves in the studio for the foreseeable future.
Blake Christiana - vocals, guitar
Rod Hohl - guitar, vocals
Rick Bugel - bass
Robert Bonhomme - drums
The Session Crew
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H. Nat Stevens