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Yule Logs let it snow for show at Duffy’s

The Yule Logs, a local holiday-themed rock 'n' roll band, entertained Chico locals at Duffy's Tavern Friday with its use of holiday-themed props. Photo credit: John Domogma

It was snowing in Duffy’s Tavern on Friday night when the Yule Logs‘ front man Marty Parker held up a sign that read “Free Sid Lewis.”

The local Noel-core rock ‘n’ roll band, which calls itself “the hardest working band in snow business,” put on a festive show for a packed audience, featuring a foam snow machine, candy cane parasols and wild, holiday-themed clothing.

Parker’s Christmas onesie with candy cane sleeves stole the show, although guitarist Maurice Spencer’s dark red velvet coat and winter scarf provided some competition.

Dozens of reindeer antlers protruded from the heads of singing audience members while the band belted out both originals and covers.

“Let it Snow” was wildly popular, as the accompanying snow machine blasted out soapy particles that hovered in the air for a wildly entertaining spectacle.

Spectacle aside, the band’s musicianship was solid for a live rock ‘n’ roll show.

It is obvious that the musicians care about the music they play. Any corniness in melodies or lyrics was purely for the humor’s sake, and was effective.

Its cover of Lindsey Buckingham’s “Vaction”-famed “Holiday Road” showcased the Yule Logs’ musicianship and impressive full-band vocal harmonies.

Drummer Jake Sprecher often took the forefront on vocals, which added extra flavor to songs and allowed bandmates to trade off and offer a variety of voices. And bassist Kirt Lind pumped out some exceptional riffs.

But the show was also delightfully raunchy, as subtle additives to Christmas favorites hit some hilarious notes. Especially in “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” when “all of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names, like pussy.”

The Yule Logs have definitely reinvented the idea of Christmas music, and made it much more fun and accessible to a huge bar crowd.

The band’s last shows of the year will be at Chico Women’s Club on December 20 and 21.

Jake Hutchison can be reached at [email protected] or @poserpunk on Twitter.

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