Denver-based Yamn to play at Old Town Pub today in Steamboat
November 19, 2010
Steamboat Springs — The Yamn band isn't your typical jam band, nor does it want to be.
"But that's our scene for sure," bassist and vocalist David "Dewey" Duart said. "But I think it gets hard to label us. I like to think of us as a rock band. We're playing loud, we're playing hard, and we're playing fast."
Denver-based Yamn, who plays at 9 p.m. today at Old Town Pub, plays what the band calls "progressive trance fusion." Its shows are part creativity, part rock, part rhythm and mostly fun.
But Duart said Yamn always will embrace the jam band fan base. Jam band fans are as loyal as they come — be good, put on great shows, and the fans will show up. Don't, and it might be time for a new calling.
"Jam band fans are tough fans," Duart said. "They're picky fans who know what they like and know when you play a crappy show. When you play good, everyone is going to know. You have to play with tremendous energy. That's our mentality now. You have to bring it every night. You have to bring it hard and have fun."
It has seemed to work.
In addition to Duart, Brian Hamilton (guitar, vocals), Adam Edensberger (drums, vocals) and Ryan Ebarb (keys, guitar, vocals) — who, ironically, doesn't like jam bands — have slowly built a loyal fan base in Colorado and the Pacific Northwest.
Their shows are things of jam lore.
With rhythmic rock grooves, Yamn takes its audience on a galactic journey.
Lighting director Pauley Whitehouse's creative light shows make Yamn performances just as much about the experience as the music.
"We ended up getting those guys on a fill-in a while back, and they ended up being a good fit for us," Old Town Pub manager Kurt Vordemeier said. "We liked what we heard the first time. People like to dance, and people like to get down. They're groovy and got some good jams. The lights build the energy in the group."
Duart said the band would play new tunes that most Colorado mountain towns haven't heard, in addition to old classics.
The band will do a 10-day tour in December and is working on putting out new music. In February, Yamn will start to tour the Midwest and East Coast, playing for audiences that aren't as familiar with its sound.
It's a testament to how much the band has grown in the past three years, and a nod to bringing it every night to its loyal fan base.
"Nowadays, we're a little bit bigger," Duart said. "It's just a lot of fun going into a small town and throwing down. Get ready to have some fun, because we are."