It was my second time seeing the band live. My first time was this past August at First City Festival in Monterey, where they played the last set of the night on the intimate Cypress stage and blew my mind.
As soon as I heard they would be playing in San Francisco, I put it on my calendar and began counting down the days.
The guys from Santa Cruz did not disappoint. From start to finish, it was a near flawless set, balancing loud and soft, combining psychedelia with head banging rock.
I now own all the Sleepy Sun albums. (My favorite is also their latest: Maui Tears.) But that's not enough to satisfy my desire to hear more. So I looked for some Sleepy Sun shows on Archive.org's Live Music Archive. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any.
Then I did! It turns out that there are three shows on the site. For some reason, they've been mis-categorized as "community audio."
So here they are, for your listening pleasure:
- Sleepy Sun - Live - April 6, 2013
- Sleepy Sun - Live - March 7, 2012
- Sleepy Sun - Live - May 13, 2011
Here is their most recent, and in my opinion, best show: