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So now that the initial shock of the events of Friday night has gone away a bit, I think I’m ready to talk about the good news and the bad news of the YOBS Locals Only Benefit Show.

The Good News:
The show was amazing, as were the iced toddys and vegan baked goods. (More like baked greats!) Everyone seemed to have a really awesome time and the local bands gave everyone a reason to be proud of the Valley.

The Bad News:
Someone decided to steal a large wad of money out of the donation jar.

The Good News:
Smart cash handlers at the event had been storing money throughout the night so not all the money was taken, and after some of the money was stolen, a bunch of people chipped in extra cash, even some who had already donated a substantial amount earlier. Overall, YOBS raised enough money to get the PA!

The Bad News:
The Tempe five-oh were either called or more likely patrolling the neighborhood for parties, and the YOBS house got a 90-day suspension. So no shows at YOBS for three months… Hopefully some other houses can fill in where YOBS can’t for the next few months.

The Good News:
Another locals only show with a low key BBQ cookout is already being planned for the eminent triumphant return of YOBS, and I will definitely keep you guys posted on that event once I get the specifics.

I guess every shit storm cloud has a silver lining, but I know I’ll be missing YOBS until there are some more shows there. While it was ridiculously lame of someone to steal money from a benefit show, what hurts the most is the fractured trust and feelings of disrespect that it brought to people who allowed others into their home to enjoy a concert. This, of course, won’t stop the wonderful folks who put on YOBS shows, but it will be a while until we can go there again.

Does the fact that house shows can get shut down by the cops for a noise violation make them less legitimate as venues?

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