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Fresh off of his first album release, Adam Luciano– Sunny Day Rainbows – stopped by WERS yesterday evening for live studio performance in support of his favorite playground. Luciano, a Boston local, is a singer-songwriter that writes family-friendly tunes for children of all ages. Luciano arrived at the WERS studios with a smile and guitar in hand, ready to get started for his first Live Music Week performance.
Hosted by WERS’ own Playground DJ Jello who was ecstatic to finally meet one of her favorite artists to play on air. Luciano arrived in a plain plaid shirt and cowboy hat. The best thing about Sunny Day Rainbows is that his tracks are not overly childish in aesthetic and can easily entertain teenagers and adults. Luciano is a talented musician and it’s great to see him dedicating his talents to a young demographic.
Yesterday’s live set included three tracks off of the band’s self-titled release that came out this past September. First up was “I Ate Too Many Apples” that tells the story of a mother who gave her son too many apples. He finds them too delicious and crunchy to resist – he ends up eating the whole bunch!
Next up was the first track off of the self-titled release, “Squirrels In The Bathtub”. This was my favorite track of the set as Luciano morphed into a goofy character, making his voice dip in and out as he repeated in the chorus, “there are squirrels in the bathtub!” Jello giggled as the track came to a close and asked, “That was based off of a true story, right?” Wrapping up the set was “At the Playground” – a perfect ending as Luciano was at the playground himself! This track may have sounded most familiar to listeners as it’s been one of the latest additions to the Playground’s music library and Jello has been playing it every chance she gets!
Luciano began writing and performing nearly a decade ago in 2003 when he was a music student at New York University. The Boston native is incredibly excited and proud to have the album out having recorded with several musicians from other bands. Featured on the album are: David Hemingway on drums from Providence based Americana-roots band Joe Fletcher & The Wrong Reasons, Dylan Tyson on bass from psychedelic rock band Planetoid, and Dave Falcone from Davey-D and the Aeroplane Pilots. The CD’s album art is just as silly and whimsical as the lyrics within and the homepage to the Sunny Day Rainbows website. Full of color and animals – Sunny Day Rainbows listeners are greeted with an elephant, a giraffe and even a smiling tree! The CD is a present to unwrap with the colorful 8 page insert with all of the album’s lyrics to help kids sing along.
The album has already been receiving a lot of attention and was featured on other Boston area stations and we were so happy to have them in studio for the Playground. Keep listening to WERS for more exclusive in-studio performances all week long!