Adairs Run Rocks UNOH

Posted on Friday, November 03, 2017


Adairs Run performs at Racers Station

Written by: Megan Fuller, UNOH Contributing Columnist

Halloween is over, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops at UNOH: Adairs Run was back for another night of music! From 8 – 10pm on November 1st, Racers Station was alive with original hits and spectacular covers from the Nashville-based band.

Before the show, I had the chance to talk with Todd Hanchock – the lead singer of Adairs Run about the beginnings of the group. He and guitarist Pat Pollifrone met at Marshall University in West Virginia and started out by playing a few events for sororities and fraternities. After moving to Nashville, the pair met Ian Daugherty and Jake Lalonde – bassist and drummer. “These were the guys” Hanchock said as he explained the chemistry the group had built as a band. “You can always tell when there’s an odd person out who doesn’t vibe with the group” he said. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case for Adairs Run. The band only needs play a few songs for you to hear the unity between the band members and their instruments.

When I asked Hanchock the meaning of the band’s name, he said that Adairs Run was “a road back home around Princeton, West Virginia”. The name fit the band well as a lot of their songs encompass the memories made on this road and “the storytelling aspect of country music”.

Adairs Run have opened for many big names in the country music industry such as Jake Owen, LOCASH, Florida Georgia Line and even Bret Michaels from 80s rock band Poison. Sharing the stage with nationally known artists can be quite different from performing at a college such as UNOH. Hanchock explained how the band must direct their set list to be appealing to these different types of crowds. When opening for distinguished artists, “those guys already have a big following so you’re walking right out into a pre-built crowd that is fired up and ready to hear country music”. This meant they could play more of their own music. However, playing for students at UNOH required more covers of well-known songs to keep the crowd entertained. The band covered songs such as ‘Talladega’, ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ and a fantastic performance of ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’.

Throughout the night, students increasingly enjoyed music from Adairs Run – singing along to the songs they knew. During one cover that is known by all – In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins – drummer Jake Lalonde wore a pair of Snap Inc.’s new Spectacles, broadcasting the performance from his point of view on UNOH’s Snapchat: unohracers. The night ended with the crowd standing for the last few songs played by Adairs Run including Dierk’s Bentley’s famous ‘Somewhere On A Beach’.

Although the band is taking a 6 week break after never taking more than 2 weekends off in the last 6 years, they do have some upcoming dates which can be found on their website at Also, don’t forget to check out upcoming events at UNOH on the campus calendar:!  

Category: Campus & Community

Keywords: Adairs Run, Concert, Racers Station

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Last updated: 11/03/2017