Channel 93.3 Summer Kickoff @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre – 05/09/2014
San Diego radio station Channel 93.3 held their annual Summer Kickoff Concert on Friday May 9th at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA. The concert brings together a diverse lineup and varying styles of music from pop to rock to EDM. Each act at the show played a relatively short set of hits as the night was kept moving along quickly. However, the young crowd and their tired parent’s didn’t seem to mind as they enjoyed the many contrasts in musical styles.
First up in the late afternoon was Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller who make up the aptly named duo MKTO, the group had a lot of energy and their rap/pop mashup was a good start to the day. Pop Rockers R5 were up next on the bill, the band was playful on stage and Singer Ross Lynch, best known for a TV role on Disney’s Austin and Ally, played it up for the girls at the front. The very Bieber-esque Austin Mahone then came on with no band at all, just 4 backup dancers and even more backing tracks. His dancing was impressive but his endless cover songs were not, as he eventually took a seat and played acoustic guitar his set became much more enjoyable.
Next up was British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran who also came out to a very bare stage with only two mics and an acoustic guitar. However, the sheer array of sounds and rhythms he was able to get using looping stations and his own voice was strikingly different to some of the earlier acts. After a long set change Tennessee pop-rock outfit Paramore took the stage and came out to a screaming crowd. Lead singer Haley Williams was a flash of energy running all over the huge stage as the rest of her band bashed out each song. It certainly doesn’t seem like Paramore has been around for ten years now, they are still putting on a very cool live show. The biggest disappointment was that the band only squeezed four songs into their timeslot.
Fall Out Boy followed Paramore and was the last rock act of the evening. They got the longest set of any of the bands and seemed to thoroughly enjoy slogging through all their radio hits. “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” from their most recent album Save Rock and Roll was the closer and highlight of the set. The last act of the evening was veteran Dutch DJ Tiësto. His set started strong as he played an interesting mix of his 2010 collaboration with Tegan and Sara “Feel You In My Bones.” However as the evening went late, many of the kids and parents seemed to be trickling out of the show. Tiësto for his part seemed at least interested waving and addressing the crowd in between lots of his EDM mashups.
A note, R&B artist Chris Brown was originally scheduled to perform at this show, but his recent jail sentencing seems to have prevented him from showing up. Some people in the crowd seemed clearly upset by this, but a majority seemed pleased. Overall the programming of 93.3’s summer festival hit the crowd perfectly; the mostly young mostly female audience loved all these acts and also loved the chance to see them all perform at a single show in San Diego.
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