Liam Teague, Red Super Giant

As always, the warming temperature means more live music in the Rockford area. This weekend is no exception as spring begins to show its wary face as Liam Teague gives a faculty steel pan recital March 25 at NIU in DeKalb, Red Super Giant puts on a “reunion” show March 27 at Kryptonite, and Egan’s Rats join Obie Call and Gods Got Guns March 27 at C.J.’s Lounge.

Liam Teague is a phenomenal steel pan player who transcends the stereotypical Caribbean cruise boat sound that is so easily achieved on the instrument. He’s performed in Rockford at the Mendelssohn Club and other local locations in the past, but he’s worth the drive to the NIU School of Music to hear his crisp and intricate work. For times and ticket information, call 815/753-1546.

Red Super Giant took an indefinite break from rocking the Rockford scene in May when they played their last show at Kryptonite. They’re one of few local rock acts that have a truly fresh sound, mixing aspects and rhythms of country with the amplification of hard rock and the improvisation of what is today called “jazz.” Their premier CD, Five Songs, which they made about two years ago, still sounds good and hasn’t become dated due to changing trends in pop music.

“After not playing together for eight months, the funny thing was that the overall sound/product seemed to be…better,” guitarist Josh Karlzon said. “The songs had taken on a much rawer, more defined sound.”

There is talk of recording again later this year, so keep your eyes and ears open. Red Super Giant will be preceded by Breathing Machine, and the show starts at 10 p.m. with a $5 cover. Info: 965-0931.

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