I was embarrassed by my city during Jason Webley's performance: some people behind me kept chatting incessantly, loudly, while he was trying to sing. He stopped and said: "I can wait." The crowd "shhhhh"'d them but it didn't help much. I was too much of a coward to turn around and tell them to shut up.
Mason and I had never seen Amanda Palmer or Jason Webley live. Until that moment: I'm sad to say I'd never heard any of Jason Webley's music. Webley has a lovely, folk-y voice and a lot of energy. It's clear he's passionate about his music--just as his friend Amanda--and Mason and I agreed that they make a wonderful musical duo.
If you're unfamiliar with Jason Webley's work, he played "Dance While the Sky Crashes Down" and you can listen to it on BandCamp.com. It does a really nice job of representing how Webley sounded on the stage that night.
Although the stage was already set with a piano and Jason had just played there: Amanda opened like a ninja from the second floor balcony of the Knitting Factory on her ukelele. She played a few laughing, fun songs--and finished strong with a cover of "Creep" by Radiohead.
We stayed in the front row for as long as we could stand it. Between the loud-talkers, and a person coughing loudly and often: I started to feel as if I'd get sick if I remained there any longer. While I was sad to leave the proximity to Amanda: even her amazing good vibes could not stop me from getting a cold from the plague-carrier. I couldn't risk it. Amanda herself was a really engaged and energetic artist, just as I had always imagined she would be.
Amanda sang and laughed, shared stories of songwriting, politics and even invited the director of Spokane's Feminist Art Festival up on the stage for not one but two hugs and a shout out!
You can support Amanda Palmer on Patreon by going here: https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer
You can support Jason Webley by visiting his website here: http://www.jasonwebley.com
While this could easily turn in to a "100 reasons why you should love Amanda fucking Palmer and her friend Jason Webley" blog: I'll leave you with just a few of my favorite things about Amanda.
2. This song.
3. And this. one.
4. And really, most of all, if you watch nothing else:
5. Consider buying the book she wrote after this TED Talk: The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help. I have the Audible audiobook version (narrated by Amanda herself!) and it's lovely.