If it were still 2004, Jason Webley would be six feet under by now. The eccentric accordionist, who got his start busking on the streets of Seattle and has since become a touring machine, used to feign his own death every Halloween. In 2000, he led fans to a park in Washington University after a concert; loyal fans burnt his trench coat and iconic porkpie hat, Jason shaved his head, and his “body” was led away in a hearse. Nobody heard from the musician for six months, but once spring rolled around Webley rose from the grave and re-entered the land of the living.
Webley gave up his zombie status in 2005, declaring that he would never again live and die with the seasons. And that’s a good thing, because otherwise we wouldn’t be seeing Jason Webley playing in Indianapolis on November 20, 2010. It’s hard to play the accordion from six feet underground, so Indianapolis music lovers should count their blessings and head to the Melody Inn on the 20th for audience sing-alongs, apocalyptic dirges, vegetable references, and plenty of accordion.
Punk accordionist and world troubadour Jason Webley is described by the Seattle Times as “one of Seattle’s most talented musicians”. Known for his huge gravelly voice and a battered porkpie hat that dances around his head as he stomps out the beat, Webley’s relentless touring schedule and legendary live performances have built him a loyal cult of followers across North America, Europe and beyond (he is especially loved in Siberia.)
|Video of Jason Webley performing “Dance While the Sky Crashes Down” live; Jason Webley will be playing in Indianapolis November 20|
Bellowing out apocalyptic dirges in a sandpaper baritone, Webley’s specialty is involving his audience in his performances: most concerts end with the entire crowd locked arm-in-arm, singing at the top of their lungs. He has shared the stage with the Dresden Dolls, the Avett Brothers, Devotchka and Regina Spektor, and has released five solo albums and numerous collaborations on his own label, Eleven Records.
In 2006, Jason Webley joined Indianapolis band Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band to write and record the single “Two Bottles of Wine” which has become a staple of the Big Damn Band’s live show. Webley has toured and recorded extensively with Big Damn Band ever since and has a special love of Indiana. “Most of the women I’ve ever really loved were from Indiana,” Webley claims.
|Video of Jason Webley performing “Icarus” in Australia; Jason Webley will be playing in Indianapolis November 20|
Recently, Webley finished a world tour with Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls as one-half of the duo Evelyn Evelyn.
Jason Webley‘s show at the Melody Inn on November 20th marks an exciting return to the Circle City for the musician, who is an avid fan of this particular Indianapolis music venue. The Indianapolis event is an early show that will take place at 8:00, BEFORE Punk Rock Night. Tickets are just $7, not too bad for an international singing sensation. Head on out to the Melody Inn on November 20th, 2010 to hear Jason Webley perform live: he’s good enough to raise the dead.
Jason Webley at the Melody Inn
Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $7 at the door