The Story of Weavestock
(photos by SP Murray)
Finding some free outdoor music in Carrboro isn’t hard to do, and Weavestock was just another one of these great events in the area. An outdoor music event on the lawn of Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, Weavestock created a fun environment to relax and wind down.
All of the bands that performed were people from the area ranging from instrumental jazz piano and soft-rock to the musical sing-alongs with Pop Vox.
By the time I arrived at the event a couple performers had already gone up, including the jazz piano with Greg and an interesting duo of slam poetry with jazz piano titled “Let’s Entertainment”. I was disappointed to not have seen them perform together because the blend of the two genre’s creates a mellow atmosphere with thought provoking words to inspire and question.
Canine Heart Beats also performed before I had arrived, but I managed to find Matt McElroy and another band member in the crowd. I asked them about their band and how they thought their show went. Interestingly, I ended up learning that the members of the band all knew each other from Wisconsin and that all of them moved to the area at different times and decided to start playing together again. After hearing them talk I’m now determined to see them perform.
Steve Carter and his band were playing when I got there so I kicked off my Weavestock outing with some soft-rock music that really got me in the mood to relax and talk with people around me. His show played through well and gave a sense of experience by how smooth their whole set was. Steve’s claim that he has “been in twenty bands you’ve never heard of, and probably at least one that you have” definitely showed through his confidence in playing and the band’s performance.
During the event, a lot of people were enjoying a meal from Weaver Street and relaxing out on the picnic tables, while others were sitting on towels right in front of the stage — some were even dancing along right in front of the performers.
(photos by SP Murray)
Right out in front the store, beer and other drinks were being sold to accommodate the people sitting in the lawn so they didn’t have to miss any of the music to grab refreshment for the summer day. Weaver Street catered to the crowd that was there for the show, and helped make the atmosphere even more relaxed.
The most unique performer to go up was probably Geoff Gilson, or Pop Vox. I had heard from several people that his show was a spectacle, as we would get to see him dance around and sing with the crowd, but I was still surprised by the energy he put out. Using the other performers and large boards with lyrics, Geoff got several people to dance and sing along to his musical styling. Several kids and adults joined Geoff right in front of the microphone to dance to the catchy tunes and good rhythms.
Although not exactly a “Woodstock,” Weavestock was a great time with good music and atmosphere. The final performance with Radar’s Clown of Sedation, led to a calm ending for the show. Their style of blues blended well with the other performers and closed out the day. The sun set as they concluded. Lingering attendees talked with friends and finished meals and drinks before heading out.
I later asked Geoff how he would describe Weavestock. “It’s suppose to be kind of like Woodstock, just without all the drugs,” he said. I thought Weavestock did a great job at this as it was very family friendly, but still had a unique atmosphere and blend of musical styles.
After going to Weavestock it’s clear that many talented artists and performers work at Weaver Street Market. It was a great time, and I hope they hold the event again.
Here is a list of the bands for y’all who couldn’t make it:
- Canine Heart Sounds - Matt McElroy (Southern Village WSM) Vocal/instrumental gorp rock: These party boys try to put the fear back in dancing
- Radar’s Clowns ofSedation – Pete Pawsey (Hillsborough WSM) This is the blues kids used to sneak away from their parents to hear. This is the blues that used to get banned from the .
- Three Torches – Steve Carter (Southern Village WSM) Junkyard Jazz, including Steve (the drummer) who claims he has “been in twenty bands you’ve never heard of, and probably at least one that you have.”.
- Greg Sronce (Southern Village WSM) Classic Jazz pop piano: color through black and white.
- Let’s Entertainment! Adam DeCaulp & Greg Sronce (Southern Village WSM) Crooning vocals and American vernacular prose, with Shibuya side-street jazz.
- POP VOX - Geoff Gilson (Southern Village WSM) Hi-energy, interactive Beach Pop ”a cross between Jimmy Buffett live and a Richard Simmons work-out.”
Photos by SP Murray