Dafna + Corda Vera at The Fox Theater presented an eclectic combination of indie, folk and rock and roll. Sunshine Medley, Dafna, Fruta Brutal, and Corda Vera all epitomized rich local talent, something often taken for granted in the Boulder area. While the show at The Fox was small and community oriented, these musicians undoubtedly have the potential to become popular on a much larger scale.
Sunshine Medley, an acoustic duo formed in 2016, were the first to take the stage. Raw and honest in their performance, it was an undeniable display of musical talent and passion. Edden Rosenburg, a bubbly individual, floated on high notes while effortlessly strumming an acoustic guitar. Leah Kirby was more soft spoken, and rooted the sound with her earthy voice and violin. Performing covers of songs such as “Black Horse and The Cherry Tree” and “You Are My Sunshine,” the two created an atmosphere of youthful joy, and set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Dafna was next to take the stage, and seemed to be the core focus of the evening. Performance seems to be transformative for the typically quiet 18 year old, who has quickly gained popularity through platforms such as SoundCloud and Spotify. Her quippy sense of humor and powerful vocals immediately engaged the audience. Classically trained on piano, she demonstrated both professionalism and musicality, with an added whimsical twist. Backed by two other vocalists, drums, bass, and guitar, Dafna’s setlist highlighted her versatility as an artist, as she went from passionately belting Nirvana covers to dancing over the notes of original love ballads such as “valentine” and “if you’re a dove.” Young and beaming with potential, Dafna is a promising musician with incomparable talent, and is quickly coming to the forefront of the music scene in Boulder and beyond.
Fruta Brutal took the stage, presenting a more alternative rock sound, with a Latin American twist. Singing and speaking mainly in Spanish, Martín Better Longo lead the group with a quirky sense of humor and a bottle of tequila. Paired with bongos, a drumset, and an upright bass, the band brought a gritty contrast to the show.
Corda Vera finished off the night with a relaxing indie sound. The band has reached success in the Boulder house show scene, and performed with Still Woozy in the spring of 2019. Their beachy grunge sound has become a well known staple for many CU students, and they are widely recognized in the Boulder area. Playing songs such as “Waiting Pt. 1”, their most recent release, along with other originals, the bands psychedelic sound speaks to the underground hippie culture that thrives in Boulder.
The broad variety and talent that this show demonstrated was a reminder of the music culture that thrives among young people in Boulder. As these up and coming artists continue to cultivate their own individual expressions through sound, locals are paying attention.
Review by Reilly Ernst
Photos by Emily Nelson