Haley Bonar at The Hotel Utah Saloon

Last night I had the pleasure of listening to Haley Bonar play at The Hotel Utah Saloon. I first saw her play live at the Turf Club, back in St. Paul, MN. I find her music to be both haunting and beautiful, so I was glad to have the opportunity to see her play again out here in San Francisco. The Utah has an odd performance space, but the sound was good and the setting intimate.

Haley was recently featured as artist of the day on SPIN.com. They aptly describe her music:

She might call St. Paul home now, but Bonar is originally from Rapid City, South Dakota, and her rural pedigree shines through in her lyrics. Her sad songs about people who done wrong come from the dust of remote places. Lure The Fox is populated with tired parents, black dresses, and distant regrets, and Bonar’s voice pulls it altogether, somehow coming across as simultaneously urgent and resigned. Every time she lulls you into a finger-picked haze of sound, her vocals rise above the gloom to make you pay attention, even if it is only to that very gloom. This is music for watching dead leaves fall to the ground.

She has two CDs available: her latest, Lure the Fox, as well as her debut album, The Size of Planets. I recommend giving them a listen.


December 9, 2006 at 7:42 PM

Glad you enjoyed the concert and had the opportunity to see a South Dakota native perform again. The Hotel Utah Saloon seems to be a unique place. In your year and a half in the Bay Area you have seen and done a lot. Enjoy what the area has to offer!

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