The local alt-rock trio Corner 3
may have only formed in 2007, but the band is based on a longtime friendship,
begun when the trio's members were students at Columbus High in the Eighties.
Frontman/guitarist/keyboardist John Lopez and bassist/vocalist Rick Sanchez
began their music collaboration while still in school, and over the years
have played together in a number of bands. (The threesome is rounded out by
drummer Ivan Palma.)
to Lopez, the band's name was partly inspired from basketball, the two
founders' other passion. "Rick and I are both ex-ballers, and Corner 3 is a
reference made when a player makes a three-pointer from the corner of the arc.
It's a difficult shot," he says. "The second
reason is because we are three-piece band and we somehow always end up performing
in the corner of a room."
The band's strength stems from
the members' tight three-part harmonies and strong, well-crafted arrangements,
as heard on their debut disc, Three
Sheets to The Wind. The songs therein boast a very radio-friendly flavor,
especially more upbeat numbers like the infectious "Genuine Type." "We're
looking for a Gavin DeGraw, James Morrison, Counting Crows type of vibe," Lopez
One thing the band doesn't seem to be concerned about is competition from similar groups. "There isn't much competition in town for our style of music at all," says Lopez. "Miami music is highly concentrated in hip-hop, Latin, or techno."
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The Corner 3 New Year's Eve Ball, Wednesday, December 31. Bougainvillea's, 7221 SW 58th Ave., South Miami. Party starts at 10 p.m.;
admission is free. Ages 21+ with ID. 305-669-8577; www.bougiesbar.com.
-- Ernest Barteldes