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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?



In case you don’t have the cash flow or interest in the Pixies show at Mesa Amp on Friday, try out the YOBS Locals Only Benefit Show. For a mere $5, you see a bunch of really solid local acts, have access to the newest espresso bar/baked goods/”records & junk” spot, AND can be a part of a screen printing demo. Now that’s what I call DIY.
All of the proceeds of the show, bake sale, espresso bar, and merch booth go to helping YOBS get a desperately needed PA, which will help YOBS continue to have great shows and thus help you to continue to see great shows. Win, win, win.
Yellow Canary Black Belt, whom I gushed over in an earlier post, local darling Chazmier, and new d00dz Gay Kiss are just some of the great bands playing to help support a venue that has fostered a safe haven for the Tempe music scene for years. The seven hour show starts at 5 PM and ends at midnight, so come early and stay late.