Zella Day (photo: Estefany Gonzalez)
Back in 2015 Zella Day’s song “Hypnotic” brought her music attention. The track, off the album Kicker, earned her a spot on stage at various festivals including last years BottleRock music festival in Napa Valley. While the song made radio stations notice the Arizona native’s beautiful and melodic voice, it’s her charismatic stage presence and glowing personality that make her live performances a must-see.
The crowd couldn’t get enough of her during her set at Somo Village Event Center in Rohnert Park on August 23 with Michael Franti. The outdoor concert featured local art, food, and drinks. The environment was laid back and offered a more intimate setting than The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, which she played just two days before.
Her style is reminiscent of a young Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine and a more upbeat Lana Del Rey. The singer-songwriter juggled between witty songs to dance to and the type of meaningful music you lay on your floor and listen to. Surprisingly, the set-list did not include “Hypnotic.” Instead, Day featured soulful ballads “1965” and “High” as well as upbeat songs like “Mustang Kids.”
Though the set was cut short, Day made the best of her time on stage. By the end of it, audience members were chanting for an encore before headliner Michael Franti was scheduled to play.