Five Firsts: Blake Christiana of Yarn

November 15th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg
Blake Christiana

Blake Christiana (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

NAME: Blake Christiana
INSTRUMENT: Singer/Guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first couple of albums I remember getting on my own is Van Halen’s “1984” and that Run DMC record with “It’s Tricky” on it. Both of these we’re on vinyl.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … I am not entirely certain about this, but I think it was Crosby, Stills & Nash at SPAC. But as a kid my father would take me to see live music at local bars/restaurants all the time.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … My dad got me a guitar when I was very young, but I also remember getting a drum pad in elementary school when I was even younger, thinking I might learn to play drums. That never happened.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Down in the Valley” – traditional. I think I was 9 or 10, and I used to take lessons at Drome Sound in Schnectady. They held recitals once a month, and I played an instrumental version of “Down in the Valley.” It must have been awful.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Felix, which turned into Kyndness. Just your typical high school band, it was fronted by Shane Spaulding. Shane and I still write together to this day; he has a bunch of co-writing credits on the Yarn albums, as well.

Blake Christiana and his Yarn bandmates roll into Red Square in Albany on Thursday night (November 17) for an evening of Americana and country-rock. Showtime is 9pm. Tix are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.


Yarn Brings “Schenectady” to Schenectady

December 7th, 2010, 4:00 pm by Greg

As a Schenectady native, songwriter Blake Christiana comes by his assessment of the city quite honestly, but it’s clear that he’s more comfortable looking at the city’s skyline in his rear-view mirror as he sings, “Schenectady / I been waiting for so long for you to comfort me / but this boy has moved on.”

Yes, Christiana and his band Yarn recorded their song “Schenectady,” for their third album, “Come On In,” which was released back in the spring. And now the alt-country band, which is based out of Brooklyn these days, has released a nifty little video for the song.

Just don’t expect the song to be embraced by the Schenectady Chamber of Commerce. The song is an honest – one might say “unflinching” – look at the Electric City. This ain’t no rah-rah-rah, hometown homage anthem.

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Festival Fever: Beacon Riverfest, 6/26

April 8th, 2010, 10:26 am by Greg

Beacon Riverfest

Local 845 – the local concert production group helmed by singer-songwriter Stephen Clair – has been regularly presenting concerts and club shows at such Beacon venues as the Howland Cultural Center and the Piggy Bank for more than a year now.

But now Local 845 is taking a big step forward with the announcement of Beacon Riverfest, the first-ever live music festival in Beacon’s renovated Riverfront Park.

The free fest will take place on Saturday, June 26, beginning at 2pm and ending at dusk. It’s a rain-or-shine bash.

There’s a little something for everyone at the fest. Here’s the line-up:

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LIVE: Yarn @ Shepard Park, 7/8/09

July 10th, 2009, 2:44 pm by Greg

Led by Blake Christiana, the Brooklyn-based country-bluegrass-folk combo Yarn began life as an off-shoot of the electric band Blake & the Family Dog.

Yarn has taken on a life of its own, however, frequently returning to the Capital Region – Christiana and fellow guitarist Trevor MacArthur are both Schenectady natives – for shows at Red Square, Caffe Lena and Saratoga First Night. On Wednesday, July 9, the band took over Shepard Park in Lake George.

Andrew Hendrix, Trevor MacArthur, Blake Christiana, Rod Hohl

Andrew Hendrix, Trevor MacArthur, Blake Christiana, Rod Hohl

Jeremy Wall and Trevor MacArthur

Jeremy Wall and Trevor MacArthur

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