The Sunlit Youth World Tour saw its first of two shows at the 9:30 Club this weekend. Toronto native Charlotte Day Wilson opened the sold out show, backed by a keyboardist and drummer. Through out her soulful set she alternated between electric and bass guitar and, at one point, a saxophone. Charlotte Day Wilson’s performance was met with welcoming applause from the audience, who later reacted to her return with booming excitement when she returned to sing “Dark Days” with the headliners. It was a sure sign of a long, prosperous future for an artist who only released her first EP in August.
After the opener, Local Natives came on with frontman Taylor Rice serenading the audience with the first lines of “Past Lives,” the first single off of their third LP, Sunlit Youth. The quintet are now an important musical voice of this generation, thanks to their dedicated fanbase. This was particularly evident in their politically driven song “Fountain of Youth.” During the performance of the song they brought out a guitar decorated with the words “Make America Afraid Again.” Much of the youthful audience could relate to the song’s sentiments. Not only was their set entertaining; it was charitable as well.
Local Natives also partnered with Plus 1 to donate $1 of every ticket purchased to gender-based violence intervention and prevention programs. The show finished off with the energetic and anthemic “Sun Hands,” leaving the audience on an emotional high. Check out our photos below.