Their sound is known across The City as one that can stop an entire crowd of New Yorkers, which I assure you, is no easy feat. The first time I encountered a performance by City of the Sun, their eclectic tunes did just that. Organic and exhilarating notes wove themselves into the warm summer air around me. Never in my life have I seen people get so engulfed with instrumental music. Businessmen put their phones down and children danced merrily around the open guitar case full of EPs and stickers. As soon as the performance ended and the cramped sidewalks began to breathe again, I knew I had to introduce myself.
Fast-forward six months to John Pita, Avi Snow, and Zach Para’s performance for The Most Definitely’s first showcase of the year. Picture a crowded red room in Lower East Side with even redder lights. Now picture a collective body of foot-stomping and head banging as the audience actively creates lyrics to City of the Sun’s instrumental tracks.
City of the Sun played a range of crowd favorites as well as a few of their new tracks in the works. In my opinion, it is difficult to picture a studio version of City of the Sun even remotely comparing to the unbeatable surge of raw energy from their live performances. Before the first song was over, the room was already beaming. Acoustic melodies poured out of the trio from start to finish and left the crowd begging the managers for “just one more song.”
Whether they’re playing a couple of songs in a dingy New York City subway station, or single-handedly selling out a venue in Manhattan, City of the Sun are certainly not one to miss.
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Review and Photos by CJ Harvey | @CJHarvey2