Concert-style singalong music
• Yellow Cabin entertains at Pier One
By Randi Somers
From left, Johnny Bell, Matt Farnsworth, Atz Lee Kilcher and John Cottingham perform at Down East Saloon. Not present for this photo, Jane Kilcher, keyboard. Yellow Cabin will play at Pier One Theatre this weekend.
On their website, local band Yellow Cabin wryly lists their influences as “…loud crappy or borrowed amplifiers, smoky bars and their drunken patrons, epic bartenders, Guinness, not practicing original songs and of course Cabin Fever. Also the color green.”
All that “atmosphere” is missing when the band performs in concert at Pier One Theatre this weekend. What remains is solid entertainment.
The band, comprised of musicians who also play in several other bands, is slated to perform at Pier One Theatre for three nights, July 1,2 and 3.
Jane Kilcher on keyboard, Atz Lee Kilcher, bass, John Cottingham, guitar, Matt Farnsworth, drums and visiting musician Johnny Bell playing banjo and harmonica currently make up the core of the band. Bell, a former Homer resident, is visiting for a couple of weeks from New Mexico. All take turns leading and harmonizing on the vocals for their original songs.
“The music is all ours,” Kilcher said. “Jane, John (Cottingham) and I wrote the songs.”
Titles include “I’ll Black Out with You,” “Two of a Kind,” “Mimosa” and “Ditch Water.”
When playing their usual Wednesday night gig at Down East Saloon, the group takes a couple of breaks. For the Pier One performance, however, “… we’ll play straight through, concert-style,” Kilcher said.
All of their music has a danceable, singalong quality.
“One of the reasons we’re doing more music gigs at Pier One is that lots of people don’t enjoy the smoky bar scene, but like to listen to and appreciate live music,” Pier One Artistic Director Lance Petersen said. “Pier One is providing that opportunity.”
“Fluidity” could be added as another quality of Yellow Cabin, as most of the band members also are key players with other groups. Atz Lee Kilcher and Cottingham both play with Three-Legged Mule, and Kilcher plays with other bands, including Twitching Sushi and Iron Mermaid.
Kilcher also just concluded another starring performance in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
Both Three-Legged Mule and Yellow Cabin have been booked to play for KBBI’s Concert on the Lawn July 31 and Aug. 1.
When: Pier One Theater
Where: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.
Tickets: General Admission $16
More info: Advance tickets available at Etude Studio, the Bookstore and or by phoning 235-7333 for reservations.
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Posted by Newsroom
on Jun 30th, 2010 and filed under Music
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