Tickets are $15 general admission. And $25 for a guaranteed seat (very limited number). Tickets are nonrefundable.
January is the month we celebrate the anniversary of the opening of The Willow Tree! And this January we are celebrating six years! Six years of bringing you some of the best live music in our area. Six years of feeling tremendously grateful for all of the people who have supported that music by showing up for shows and buying tickets. And six years of bringing YARN back to help us celebrate and bring the magic like no one else can. As one friend and supporter said, it's not just a music event, it's a reunion! It's a most beautiful event and if you have never been we hope this will be your year!
And as with tradition, it's two days of YARN. Saturday night, with Donnie and The Dry Heavers opening. And Sunday will be a very special acoustic show.
YARN: If you follow YARN you know, no two shows are ever the same. To quote Blake Christiana (lead singer): “We don’t always opt for consistency. There’s a different vibe onstage from what comes through in our recordings. There’s a difference in every show as well, you never know what you’re going to get.”
Yarn’s 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 Kenny’s Castaway in New York’s 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. They’ve driven nonstop, made countless radio station appearances, driven broken-down RVs and watched as their van caught fire. They’ve 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.”
Donnie and The Dry Heavers: This is a group of local fellas who are doing great things and getting lots of attention fast! We are so excited to see where they are going with their music and very happy to have them kick off this show. Introducing all of those Yarn fans to a great up and coming talent and some D & DH fans to Yarn!