words & photos by Jessica Amaya
A Rose Parade opened with only a 4 song set, and although I hadn't heard of this band, I was definitely a fan after just the four songs. Shannon Funchess [of !!! fame] has an amazing voice and sounded great. The music was just a simple drum loop with either an acoustic guitar or keys. Takka Takka was the second opener and was pretty warmly welcomed by the crowd. They were accompanied by 2 horn players [and The National's Bryan Devendorf], and played a few new songs.
tUnE-yArDs came out and Merrill who could not stop smiling admitted she was quite nervous and as she put it, "it was the first time [so many] people were coming to a show knowing they were gonna see me". During the song "Gangsta", the crowd started to sing along with her, and after the song ended, she asked the crowd "How do you know the words to that song"? She admitted "I don't even know the words to that one". She also stopped at the beginning of another song due to what she was stage fright and needed a moment for it to pass. Great energy throughout the entire show as usual.
A Rose Parade