The Deli brought some interesting and diverse sounds from around the country and Canada to Pianos for its CMJ showcase.
Ava Luna‘s six members filled up the small stage, and they revealed an approach to rock that has its roots in soul. Their set began with a very heavy, gritty track, which slowed down to reveal the bluesy vocals of Carlos Hernandez and the two background vocalists Felicia Douglass and Becca Kauffman. The band’s set included various new songs plus a couple of tracks from its latest album, Ice Level, including “No F” and “Down Right.” Ava Luna closed its set with the title track from the album, where Kauffman became the lead vocalist and surprised the audience with her powerful vocals.
Following Ava Luna was Murals, whose sound was a lot softer than Ava Luna’s and whose main vocalist was not only charming and delicate, but also jived well with the tone of the instruments. From the hip-circling in the audience, it was clear that Murals’ sound was something quite groovy and psychedelic.
The latest Deli cover stars, Foxygen, were the next to perform, and by the way in which the small room at Pianos filled up, it is safe to say their performance was awaited by many. Usually a duo, Foxygen had a full band for its performance and took the stage after having already performed earlier in the day. However, Foxygen seemed to not suffer any effects from the earlier performances as the band opened up its set with the track “Make It Known” and proceeded to jam out song after song of psych-pop.
Photos by Al Rossin