Treefort 2015: Jason Webley On Death and Buying a Giraffe

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Jason Webley: Charismatic cabaret-folk-punk musician, aspiring giraffe owner - BEN SCHULTZ
  • Ben Schultz
  • Jason Webley: Charismatic cabaret-folk-punk musician, aspiring giraffe owner

Halfway through his set at The Reef on March 26, Jason Webley asked the crowd for requests. When the crowd shouted out several different song titles, the Everett, Wash.-based musician promised he'd play some of them.

"Thanks for reminding me about a lot of things that I wrote," Webley said.

The audience showed its appreciation right back: People whooped, stomped to the beat and sang along to Webley's songs, which mix folk, cabaret and other genres with playful, sardonic, compassionate lyrics that cover a variety of topics, including death, masturbation, a forgotten heiress and the desire to buy a giraffe.

Before the end of his set, Webley stepped away from the mic to tell the audience how he looked into the requirements of owning a giraffe in Washington. He paused at one point and wondered aloud if the people talking in the back could hear him.

"We'll tell them later," a man in the crowd shouted.