Yellowcard’s first headliner takes Cleveland by storm

Morgan Fields, Reporter


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Yellowcard performs at the Cleveland House of Blues. The five-member band performed songs from their new album“Make Me So.” 

The alternative-rock band, Yellowcard, performed April 15 at the Cleveland House of Blues at 7 p.m. The band was incredible live, putting all their energy into their performance.

      The band is composed of five men: lead singer and pianist Ryan Key, violinist Sean Mackin, lead guitarist Ryan Mendez and Josh Portman on bass. The fifth member of this tour was the ex-drummer of the band Thursday, Tucker Rule. The group originally started playing together in 1997 and has since lost and added members throughout the years. 

      This is the first tour where Yellowcard had gotten the privilege of headlining; however, the crew was able to open in various other tours, the most notable being Mayday Parade.

    Yellowcard played songs from their newest record, “Lift a Sail,” as well as some favorites from previous records including “Southern Air” and “Ocean Avenue.” 

    Opening for the band was ONE OK ROCK, an alternative rock band from Japan. Fans were surprised at the contrast in sound the band presented and were utterly shocked. The band debuted their new album “35xxxv.” The band played at “Rock on the Range” in Columbus on May 15, 16 and 17. 

    Following ONE OK ROCK, Finch took the stage leaving the audience awe-stuck. The 10-year-old band played their top songs and then segued into their newest record, “Back to Oblivion.” 

    Yellowcard finally took the stage at 9:45 p.m. The band opened with the hit song on the new album “Make Me So” and closed with the ballad for the sunshine state, “California.”  

    After some persuasion, the band came back out for their encore in which they played three songs, concluding the spectacle with their No. 1 hit “Ocean Avenue.” 


    Overall, the concert was brilliant. Aside from the numerous crowd surfers, the band was able to keep the audience engaged and interacted with the fans.  I personally look forward to seeing them again. 


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