Yukon Blonde played two sold out shows at one of my favourite venues this past Thursday and Friday night.
The opener was a band new to me called On An On, who hail from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The four-piece indie rock band reminded me of a amalgamation between Hey Rosetta! and Alt-J. They put on a fantastic show and I can say I am now a huge fan.
Yukon Blonde put on an extremely charismatic performance, turning the palace into a full-fledged dance party. Lead singer Jeff Innes said playing Lee’s was a homecoming for Yukon Blonde (much to the chagrin of some West Coasters in the audience). They had definitely come a long way since the last time they played Lee’s in 2010. It was around that time that they played at the Horseshoe Tavern, earning themselves a huge $40. It’s always heartwarming to hear of a Canadian band whose dedication lead them to be so successful.
Returning to the stage with Bowie-themed encore, Yukon Blonde nailed Suffragette City and brought two of the members from On An On to the stage for a rendition of Let’s Dance that would have made Bowie proud. If they weren’t doing so well with their original material, I would suggest they start the official cover band!