Article by: Bahram Ahmady
Photos by: Isabel Escalante
From Pop-Rock rhythms, to hip hop baselines, the artists performing for the first annual Bay Noise concert on Saturday March 11th had audiences captivated from beginning to end. Held at Slims in the heart of San Francisco, the show was a brilliant display of up-and-coming Bay Area talent. With some help from local radio personalities Jackie Hollywood and Shan Berries from KMVQ’s 99.7 NOW hosting, the show had familial vibes not only between artists, but within the room, as all artists came out to greet their adoring fans after their sets.
The night began with the soothing tones of Gibson Guitar’s youngest endorsed artist, Simon Lunche a native of Berkeley, CA. Although I wasn’t previously acquainted with this artist, he definitely impressed his audience and is definitely a songwriter that I expect to see a lot more of in the future. Following Simon was an artist who is a personal friend of mine, a dance-music artist, writer, and producer, that had the crowd bouncing from start to finish. I’m speaking of none other than Lost Boy from Martinez, CA. Introduced by Co-Host, writing partner, and actual brother OMGKellz, his set began with balloons that spelt out his name, and ended with an ever excited crowd surrounding him in his every move.
Though there were only four artists on this lineup, many were surprised to find out about two exclusive performances that followed the upbeat dance music of Lost Boy. Local teen-heartthrob and rapper Adriel Diaz greeted a warm, welcoming audience with an unforeseen set of his greatest songs. Immediately after, the undeniably talented, the Sacramento-based singer-songwriter Jacy Leanne began to steal hearts with a short set of excellent pop-infused RNB singing. At 18 and 16 respectively, both of these artists have immensely bright futures, and are definitely setup to inspire a generation of fans.
The show continued with sets from 4-piece Pop/Rock/Alternative outfit Silent Pilot, and the catchy Hip-hop tunes of famed Bay Area X-Factor contestant Johnny Maxwell. With a fresh album to play and irresistible pop melodies, Silent Pilot had confidently taken the stage to create a new fan out myself and many other attendees. As always, Johnny Maxwell had also dominated his heartfelt performance, featuring an on-set appearance from local RNB singer Derek King, and his long-time adoring fans mouthing every word to his X-Factor audition song All These People.
Truly a night to remember, as all artists showcased were certainly never to be forgotten. Be sure to follow and check out all of the above mentioned on their personal pages below.
Special thanks to guest photographer Isabel Escalante for her contributions to this review.