New York trio City of the Sun were as lively and fiery as ever at their San Francisco show at Great American Music Hall. Although they are an all-acoustic group with no vocalist, the band’s musicianship and stage presence are nonetheless captivating and kept the audience enthralled throughout the night.
City of the Sun defies classification in one specific genre, with jazz, flamenco, rock, and indie all influencing their vibrant sound. The crowd filling the floor spent the night dancing, clearly enthralled with the group onstage.
Members Zach Para, John Pita, and Avi Snow (and touring member Matt Fasano) performed together seamlessly. Though each musician brought a particular blend of individual style, the trio was easily able to mesh their parts into a single, fluid sound. Listening to City of the Sun is like listening to water in all its forms. Sometimes rousing and tumbling, sometimes calm and peaceful; always inspiring and wondrous.
Though not a vocalist, Pita and his guitar were the standout of the night. Standing in the middle of the stage, Pita expertly picked and strummed to an enamored audience. His passionate energy captivated the crowd at every turn. At one point, he stepped off the stage into the crowd, who circled around him in delight.
From the moment City of the Sun stepped onstage, venue illuminated with the unapologetic joy of musicians who give themselves over completely to performing. The audience responded in kind. When City of the Sun came to the city by the bay, the unmitigated delight of artist and listener made for a truly spectacular show.
Check out a gallery below of the show: