15 Twenty’s Blogger Shop Day 2 took place on a Sunday, the time when bloggers religiously shop. Tents, providing shade and merchandise, were set up at the parking lot nearest to Urban Outfitters. The uncrowded event was present with the ultra violent sun rays, but in the afternoon, DJ Heather Gram and bands Puppy Dog and WEAVE! came to play. Their noise intrigued out-of-place farmer’s market regulars to the stage.
Puppy Dog’s xylophone, Fox n’ Wolf vocals, and minimalist lyrics brought a sugar-coated performance that lasted less than ten minutes. Even their stage set-up took longer to execute.
WEAVE!, composed of Alex Black (Drums), Ivory Lee Carlson (Bass), Bryan Terrell Lasley (Guitar), Jenny Sayaka Norris (Keys/Percussion) was up next. On arrival, a crazy truck driver almost drove through the parking lot, possibly crashing the event. However, the show did go on. I first met up with Bryan as we both carried instruments to the stage. He confessed how early an 11:30 a.m. performance was, especially in a hungover state.
WEAVE!’s afrobeat music fuses repetitive phrases with ’60s woman empowering, “Oh’s” and “Ah’s.” Before playing “Bravery,” Ivory jokingly said that it reflected the band because they were performing out in the scorching heat. Even during intervals, they kept the crowd entertained, while Bryan tuned his guitar. However, no matter how powerful their music was, it helped the heat none. They played two-minute songs like a band, all working together as vocalists under an invisible force field. Overall, WEAVE! comes at you like an extension to your head, but natural.
—Katrina Guevara (words and photo)