Man, oh man. Last night over at Sunset Temple in Northpark was day two of Sezio's Four Day Weekend music event. Performing last night was Rafter, Oregon Bike Trails, and Dirty Gold. All three bands are from Southern California, and it felt good to kick it local.
First up was San Diego based, Rafter. In my opinion, Rafter Roberts is one of the most talented and entertaining locals acts in town. He began his set going solo with only a drum machine to back him up. I'll be honest and say that a drum machine was not his best idea, because his sound is naturally so funky, so to deny a drummer that creative freedom takes away from the soulfulness of the songs. Luckily just a few songs in to the set, Lizeth Santos (Smile Now Cry Later), who sometimes helps out with vocals on his live sets, came on stage for a drum cameo and backup vocals. For me, she kind of saved the day, I like them better as a pair. Once everything was back to normal, I was free to dance to a few of my favorites, like "paper", "fruits", and "no f***ing around".
Paper - Rafter
Next up was Oregon Bike Trails, which is singer/songwriter Zach Yudin, from Santa Monica, California. With a full band behind him, they pumped out some highly danceable 1960's lo-fi surf rock anthems. Their sound was purely beach days and windows down. Which if you know me well enough, that is my ideal kind of band. Their songs are done really well, super easy to listen to, and ridiculously catchy. I recommend you do your research and listen to their songs "High School Lover", "A Summer Thing", and "Cayucas".
Oregon Bike Trails - Swimsuit
Headliners for last night was San Diego youngsters, Dirty Gold. If you haven't heard their socal anthem, "California Sunrise", then you must live under a rock because it went big for a while on a lot of music blogs. So with that kind of previous clout behind them, I was curious as to how their live set would match up. They were actually very good, which wasn't surprising, I knew they would be. They are young, still in high school I believe, and they packed the place out with friends. Their songs have a Beach Boys motif set to almost tribal beats, all wrapped up with candy lyrics about California, coming home, and young love. What's not love about that? These guys may be young, but that doesn't mean they can't keep up musically with other big name bands in their genre. While rockin' a Dirty Gold embroidered leather jacket, Lincoln Ballif and the boys played all of my favorites including "Quiet Life", "California Sunrise", and "Sea Hare". Check them out!
Quiet Life by dirtygold
Tonight Sezio's Four Day Weekend continues with Writer, So Many Wizards, and Lord Huron. Should be an amazing show!