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Perro Bravo Shows Two Sides of their Music in Local Shows

By Fritz Elmendorf

Cushe band set up a big screen and special lightening in La Banana Bar

The band Perro Bravo brought a taste of its Southern California blend of surf-punk-ska music to Bar La Banana Saturday night, leaving an enthusiastic crowd wanting more. And with an impromptu show the next night at Guilded Iguana, that’s what they got.

Band leader and founder Michael “Miguel” Happoldt drew material from the period he was associated with the band Sublime as producer and guitarist, and his later work with the Long Beach Dub All Stars, including hits such as Scarlet Begonias.

The main event Saturday night was a full-powered mosh-pit-friendly set, with about 150 people, ready to party, although some were disappointed in the relatively short 45 minute set that started at midnight.

The Ojo De Buey band from San Jose got the crowd warmed up at La Banana with their energetic brand of Latin reggae-rock. The four-year-old band brought five of their seven members to the Banana venue and is set to release their first CD in January. Manager Michele Vanderputten said the band’s songs are inspired by positive vibrations with lyrics such as “No a la depresion” (no depression) and “no queremos polucion” (we don´t want pollution), in songs like “Soy Hombre de Otro Tiempo.”

At the Gilded Iguana. The unplanned follow-up gig was relaxed and perfectly captured Nosara’s chilled-out attitude. Many of the same faces showed up when they got word that Miguel and his bandmates were so impressed with Nosara’s friendly vibe that they wanted to give a free show at the Gilded Iguana.

Drummer Greg Lowther, a founding member of the seminal long beach punk band “Falling idols," demonstrated a range of talent over both nights, setting a nice pace Sunday night with nothing more than a guitar case. 

On bass, the third member of the group is Long Beach local Mike Long, who splits his time between Perro Bravo and a long beach super group named “Warchurch,” which includes veterans of Sublime and the Long Beach Dub All Stars.


Miguel with Erick Prestinary

Miguel and reporter Fritz Elmendorf during the interview

Miguel’s musical production work continued after Sublime on the Skunk label, which he cofounded with Sublime singer Brad Nowell, who died in 1996. He most notably and recently worked with the band Slightly Stoopid, but Miguel told Voice of Nosara that consumer electronics and file-sharing has destroyed the ability of such bands to make money selling CDs.
Now, he just enjoys playing and a more relaxed lifestyle, and said he is particularly enjoying the line-up in and out of the waters of Playa Guiones. He was invited here by his old SoCal friend Ryan Bombard, who turned to Alejandro Gutierrez, owner of Su Papa Production, for help with production arrangements.

While the current sound owes much to the original ska-punk sound of Sublime, Miguel lists additional musical influences as Big Star, the Meat Puppets and Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros.

The Cushe brand of beach-oriented footwear is helping to underwrite the tour, which includes engagements in Jaco and San Jose.


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