Valentine’s Day Concert Preview

Brave Sounds is bringing a lot of love to campus this weekend.

Sounds of Love, a Valentine’s Day concert
hosted by Brave Sounds Entertainment, is
celebrating its third annual event Friday. Since its conception, things have only gotten better for this holiday event.

This year’s show is no exception.

Along with the contests, a larger venue and free food, this year’s Sounds of Love will
incorporate a more interactive feature than past shows by adding an art gallery. Students and Peoria area artists will have artwork around the
Student Center Ballroom that people may view and
possibly buy.

From 5-7 p.m. there will be small acoustic sets performed by Bradley students to grace your eardrums as you take a look around the gallery. The actual show itself will start at 7 p.m. and go until 9 p.m.

This year’s Sounds of Love features a mix of performers. Bradley alumna Cheryl Rodey will make her way back to Peoria, along with
Chicago’s own Mark Rose, to open for the band
Run River North.

While it may not be as funky this year, the vibe of this show will definitely be heartfelt. A sort of pop, Mumford and Sons-esque sound best
describes the headlining band, while the two openers will bring you some sultry acoustic jams.

A look back at the infancy stages of Sounds of Love shows just how much popularity the
concert has gained over the years.

The show’s first year was also the same year that Brave Sounds Entertainment was created.
Christian Lyon brought together local acts as a launch pad of sorts for future shows.

Lyon said the first year’s show was more of a trial run for the group to put on an event that would gather a crowd.

“It was basically like taking a date out; they had candles and centerpieces,” he said. “We wanted [the music] to be just anything that would be fun to listen to when you were talking to your date.”

Lyon was also among some of the performers who played at the first show. His former band, Sun Brother, played along with Cheryl Rodey and The Crock Pots.

With more success from Brave Sounds events came more funding to put together a bigger,
better Sounds of Love the second time around. California native Raquel Rodriguez made her way to Peoria to perform for a love-struck
Bradley crowd. Unlike the first year’s
performance, this show had a more groovy
sound.

Contests became a popular selling point the second year. Students could vote for nominees in categories like “Most Eligible Bachelor/
Bachelorette,” “Cutest Couple” and “Best
Bromance” to name a few.

Each year, it seems as though Brave Sounds
Entertainment outdoes themselves in bringing us the best new music. With a repertoire like theirs, it is best to keep upcoming shows on the radar.

More information about each of the performers, as well as how to register for the contests can be found on the “3rd Annual Sounds of Love”
Facebook page.