On Friday, First Unitarian Church played host to a triple bill of up-and-coming alt rock acts. The night was led by Jay Som, whose 2017 LP Everybody Works is among the year’s finest. Check out some photos and standout moments from the show.
1. Jay Som dazzled
The musical project of Oakland-based singer-songwriter Melina Duterte, Jay Som presented a set infused with infectious hooks. Duterte, donning a pink cowboy hat, led the charge on guitar and vocals, with a solid backing three-piece band. The crowd swooned and sang along, especially to the catchy “The Bus Song.”
2. Soccer Mommy energized the early birds
The unseasonably warm evening began with Soccer Mommy, a four-piece outfit led by Sophie Allison. The set was full of juicy guitar lines and longing lyrics from their 2017 release, Collection.
3. Stef Chura ruminated on the human condition
Stef Chura sliced through the middle set with keen rock observations. With her debut, Messes, as a template, her unique voice set the stage for headliner Jay Som.
4. Frontwomen go solo
Allison, Chura and Duterte all played songs solo during their sets. The musicianship and talent they put on display throughout the night was brilliant.