Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall, July 16, 2005


Written and photos by: Jason Perlman

 

Sometimes, it's the off shows that turn in to be something special. When artists are in between records and want to test out some material, they can find themselves on mini-tours playing new tunes in front of old friends. And for Pete Yorn at the Newport Music Hall, that is exactly what happened.

For the seasoned Yorn fans, the set list proved to be a great one, and for new Yorn fans, they got to experience Yorn in a new light. Yorn used the band Mini Bar as both his opener and touring band for this abbreviated tour, and the mixture of the two was spectacular. Opening the set with a cover of "I Feel Good Again," Yorn fans were quickly swept up into his world and for an hour and 20 minutes got to enjoy themselves swimming in the delicacies Yorn offered.

The obvious favorite "Closet" was played early in the set, but was not lost as throughout his set and long encore, fans got a great mixture of old, new and remade songs.

The Newport was the last stop for Yorn on the tour, and his four-song encore and his definite pleasure on stage were well-expressed to the crowds that showed up not just in Columbus, but across the Midwest. Although Yorn has released a double-live CD recently, is has been over two years since his last studio release, and the fans were almost drooling like Pavlov's dogs to get a taste of the new material. Songs like "Big," "Lions" and "Good Advice" were swallowed up like meaty canine treats in the kennel as the near sold-out crowd at the Newport fed on the sound waves.

Although the crowd consisted of a plethora or sorority girls and fraternity guys, this was not a typical meat market show. Those dressed in Abercrombie, Hollister and The Gap were the exception to the Greek rule, and although was plenty of swooning over Yorn, these college kids were music fans as well.

Yorn is a rare mixture of talent and charisma. Where too many times, artists are publicized for their looks or allure to the general public, Yorn has always put his music and lyrics well ahead of the recognition he receives for his appearance. Pete Yorn proved yet again that as American songwriters go, he ranks near the top with is lustfulness acoustics and his punk-rock soul. And with two years between recorded albums, Yorn can only provide more good ol' American folk rock.

Pete Yorn
Pete Yorn
Pete Yorn
Pete Yorn
Pete Yorn
Pete Yorn