Photos Courtesy Of: KPRi San Diego

By: David Israel

With the sun setting over the Birch Aquarium tide pools, with the magnificent view provided to the attentive crowd in attendance for KPRI 102.1’s Green Flash Summer Concert Series, it was clear those in attendance were having a perfect San Diego summer evening. Zella Day began the evening with a strong bohemian vibe which the Arizona transplant has brought to Southern California, and her music would fit in equally as well as her outfit at a place like Coachella.

Day showcased her voice with her music, sometimes compared to the likes of Lana Del Ray, serenading the audience with songs off of her debut album, ‘Kicker.’ Her music has been featured in the Insurgent movie, and is on the rotation at your favorite green-logoed Seattle coffee chain, and will likely continue to hit the airwaves across various radio formats; her voice is soothing, yet with a slight edge, carrying her through her hypnotic tunes.

As Day finished and the sun set, Bad Suns took the stage, playing most of their current album, Language and Perspective. You’ve heard ‘Cardiac Arrest,’ but the band impressed with ‘We Move Like the Ocean,’ appropriate for the setting, and ‘Salt.’ Their bassist, which, let’s call it a trend, tends to be the oddest duck in the band, looked a bit like he had just woken up, though lead singer Christo Bowman brought the expected energy and showmanship to the small, gorgeous venue.

Bad Suns head to the studio to begin work on their sophomore undertaking, so this may be the last we see of them for a while; I wouldn’t be surprised to see them move on from their attempt at post-punk alt rock, and begin to find a voice more their own. 

KPRI is hosting two more Green Flash Concerts during their 10th Anniversary Season; tickets can be found here.