Yellowcard Delivers Fan-Pleasing Set at House of Blues

Concert Review


  • Paige Margulies
In front of a rowdy House of Blues crowd last night, Yellowcard delivered a flawless performance that fans will soon not forget. With a crisp and clean sound and energetic performance, Yellowcard didn't disappoint. You can see a slideshow from the concert here

The set started with “Convocation,” a tune which had violinist Sean Mackin on stage playing solo. The mellow violin riff slowly started to build into the next song “Transmission Home”; at that point, the rest of the band came out on stage to kick off the performance. The song showcased Yellowcard's new sound from their new album Lift a Sail. It’s a more riff-based song that’s not as pop-punk influenced as the older songs.

After five straight songs, Yellowcard finally took a breather to talk to the crowd. Singer Ryan Key told the fans how excited he was to be playing this show because it was the only House of Blues show on the entire tour.

The band then went into “Make Me Go,” a fun song which had fans bobbing their heads in unison. Before the next song, the title track to Lift a Sail, Key paused to tell the crowd just how important this record was to them. He told the fans if they have listened to it and enjoyed it, it has meant the world to him. A slower song that really showcased Key's vocal abilities, “Lift a Sail” had the crowd singing along to Key's melodic voice.

Before the band jumped into “Awakening,” Mackin asked the crowd if they could partake in a “team building exercise.” Getting the crowd ready for the song, Mackin sang, “I want this to be my” with the crowd bellowing “awakening” back at the band. “One Bedroom” also proved to be a melodic sing-a-long. Key had no problem getting the crowd to echo his words. The performance of “One Bedroom” it showed how much the band just loves to hear the crowd sing along. Key even told the crowd, “Even if you don't know the words to the newer songs, just make them up. I just want to hear you singing along.”

The band eventually left Key alone on stage as he sat in front of his piano with a spotlight shining on him as he played “California,” a slow song which once again just showcased Key's amazing voice and his ability to sound just like he does on albums. After the song, Key thanked Cleveland and left the stage to chants of “Yellowcard” and “one more song” from the crowd. The guys returned to the stage and ended the night with their most well-known song, “Ocean Avenue.” The crowd's energy was revamped as fans sang along with every word.

Yellowcard was able to deliver a performance with studio quality last night. Key's vocals were crisp, clean and flawless while the entire band sounded perfect. While at some points the sound was a little low and certain instruments were harder to hear than others, it didn't take away from the amazing performance as a whole. 

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