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Young Chhaylee/Drew Martin/Lenore live at Conor Byrne 11/10/17

You never really know what you're gonna get when you head out for music on a Friday night, the city has so much to offer. However, when you're amongst your musician friends, you know you are in good hands. Ballard is usually a good destination given on any night you could potentially see 3 or 4 different shows within walking distance of each other. Upon arriving in Ballard you see they have signaled the end of year holiday season with decorative lighting in the trees. Which is welcomed since the time change has dramatically shortened our days and the cold and overcast gloom has taken over. Definitely having a slight mood impact on this California boy.

 I'll also make an assumption and say the city of Ballard means to include Thanksgiving as part of the celebration and not just as month and a half early Christmas lights. Save your Christmas trees until after the 23rd of this month! Gobble Gobble.

I'll also make an assumption and say the city of Ballard means to include Thanksgiving as part of the celebration and not just as month and a half early Christmas lights. Save your Christmas trees until after the 23rd of this month! Gobble Gobble.

Speaking of it being cold, Conor Byrne has definitely become an inviting and cozy place to hang out with a lot of us. It took a little time for music to start which gave us plenty of time to drink a beer and socialize with our friends and settle in. This night we were celebrating the record of the Oregon based band Lenore.(click their name to find out more about them)

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The celebration was also helped along with the welcoming return of Drew Martin. He had previously spent a chunk of time in Hawaii. 

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We have been having the pleasure of hearing Young-Chhaylee out in the scene quite a few times now. With quite a few number of members, lead singer Young-Chhaylee delivers a soulful almost RnB voice.

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 Backup vocals and occasional tambourine add dimension and depth to the quite full cast of band members they have on stage.

Backup vocals and occasional tambourine add dimension and depth to the quite full cast of band members they have on stage.

The magical thing about Young-Chhawlee is that by the end of the night they end up with quite a few audience members (fellow vocalists in the local scene) up on the stage to help along with singing. They encourage and make it very easy to sing along; everyone gets involved in the music.

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 They took advantage of the in house piano. Oh man, could this guy play the keys!

They took advantage of the in house piano. Oh man, could this guy play the keys!


This was a first time seeing Drew Martin do his thing and boy what a treat!

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Half of the experience for me was being a part of the fully energized and enthralled crowd watching him. The place was more packed and electrified than I had ever seen before. You definitely got the feel of the circle of energy between Drew and the audience. The man and his mates put out a ton of energy during their performance; He had the entire crowd dancing.

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 We will definitely be keeping our eyes out for more of his upcoming shows!

We will definitely be keeping our eyes out for more of his upcoming shows!


Lenore is an Oregon based folk outfit as their bio describes. Seeing as we don't frequent Portland very often, this was our first time hearing them live. This particular night they were a six piece performing songs off of their self-titled album.

 Sharing lead vocal duties, Rebecca and Joy sang and harmonized with each other.

Sharing lead vocal duties, Rebecca and Joy sang and harmonized with each other.

We couldn't help but chuckle at the their remark at the beginning of their set: 

We hope you guys are ready to soft rock
 Even though there was a bassist it was very nice to hear a cello in the mix, which added character to the overall sound. We rarely hear this instrument used in bands, we loved it!

Even though there was a bassist it was very nice to hear a cello in the mix, which added character to the overall sound. We rarely hear this instrument used in bands, we loved it!

 Their sound came equipped with their classical guitarist, Edward.

Their sound came equipped with their classical guitarist, Edward.

If you did not get a chance to catch them at this particular event, they will be back in Seattle at our very own Barboza on January 20th! Mark your calendars!


As always thanks for reading and following along with our adventures! Stay tuned, we have some exciting things coming up shortly!

Live Music, MusicTony Hammons