Local music highlights: Son Trinidad returns, The Braves release new single

Besides Patty Larkin at Memorial Hall and The Snaggs with The 9 Spot and Inchworm at Kryptonite Friday, March 5, and the Full Moon art show and live acoustic music at Minglewood Saturday, March 6, Rockford is presenting you (the fans) with two big events to brighten your weekend.

Local band The Braves will host a CD/single release party at Club 505 Saturday, March 6, with well-known Chicago rockers Atari Star, and the big-city Latin group Son Trinidad will return to the Irish Rose Sunday, March 7.

The Braves

The Braves’ new single, “Good Advices” off their latest LP Love and Mercy, due out in late April/early May, lends anticipation for a lot of air play and hopefully a great deal of other media attention.

These boys have proved themselves highly resilient to many of the struggles of being a modern and original rock band in Rockford. The Braves don’t play cover songs (and if they did, I imagine you probably wouldn’t be familiar with them), they don’t jump around a lot on stage (and if they did, there’d be a logical reason for it) and they don’t have a swank image or marketing campaign. Still, somehow they seem to get fans. Not bad for a group claiming influences of REM, Catherine Wheel and Teenage Fanclub.

Although they spread themselves around the area playing many gigs in Chicago and surrounding areas, and they have toured the East Coast, The Braves are more than happy to perform the local circuit.

The band is Joseph Reina on vocals, Philip Goudreau and Kevin Schwitters on guitars, Shawn Ross on bass and Jesse Carmona on drums. Both The Braves and The Atari Star are on Johann’s Face Records label.

The Atari Star has two albums to its credit with the latest release, Dispelling the Myth of Accurate Maps, available March 4. Sullen (a Rockford-area group) will join the other two acts, which makes sense as singer Shannon Sullen sings on the pending Braves album.

Bands start at 9:30 p.m. Call 963-0099 for cover.

Son Trinidad

Son Trinidad packed the house last time they did the Irish Rose thing— either because owner Mike Leifheit was out of town, or because Robin Leifheit knows how to throw a really good party.

No matter the initial reason, the traditional Latin and jazz quartet from Chicago made the bar-goers stay and beg for encore after encore. The band is Andres Castillo from Colombia (guitar/vocals), Rockford’s own Matt Ulery (upright bass), Javier Saume from Venezuela (drums/percussion), and Thad Franklin of somewhere unknown in Illinois (trumpet).

The clarity, articulation and energy of Son Trinidad is most likely what impresses their audiences wherever they perform. Heralded (by me) as “Chicago’s best Latin musicians,” welcome them back to the Irish Rose Sunday, March 7, and enjoy the Bloody Marys on special.

Band starts at 8:30 p.m. with a $3 cover.

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