Siul Reynoso poses in front of a gray backdrop in a gray mock turtleneck, holding a bright green jalapeño to his mouth as though he's smoking a cigar, with his pinky in the air to tap off the imaginary ash
Siul Reynoso of Gabacho and Los Gold Fires Credit: Tony Diaz

Chicago Latine indie band Los Gold Fires have been quiet the past couple years, but guitarist Siul Reynoso has focused instead on a warmhearted, psych-tinged solo project called Gabacho. Reynoso has released an EP and a few songs under that name, and last week he dropped the third Gabacho single of the year. The luxuriant “Sal de Mar” rides on an unhurried, inviting loop of cumbia percussion, to which Reynoso adds a walking bass line, radiant keys, wobbly guitars, and his understated singing. On Saturday, September 3, the live-band incarnation of Gabacho headlines a release party for “Sal de Mar” at Schubas. Tickets are $15, $13 in advance, and the show starts at 8 PM.

The video for the new Gabacho single, directed by Jonathan Lopez

Every year Chicago’s Blues and Jazz Festivals seem to book a ton of artists who record for long-running local label Delmark Records—and this weekend’s Jazz Fest is no different. (Jazz Fest coverage is elsewhere in this issue.) Fans looking for a sampling of the label’s deep roster in a neighborhood setting are in luck too: on Saturday, September 3, from noon to 9 PM, Delmark and Earwig Records present the second annual Rockwell Street Stroll at Burning Bush Brewery (4014 N. Rockwell). Live music starts inside the brewery, then moves to the parking lot out back, and the lineup includes Bob Stroger & the Headcutters, Dee Alexander, Demetria Taylor, Willie Buck, and Jimmy Burns. For the closing set, the Delmark All-Star Band (Stroger, guitarist Dave Specter, keyboardist Roosevelt Purifoy, and drummer Willie “the Touch” Hayes) will back a long list of guests. The festival also includes vendors, food trucks, and live art, and there’s no cover charge!

Elena Buenrostro and Travis Newgren formed the ragged indie duo Soft and Dumb while students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2019, and they’ve since relocated to Chicago. On Friday, September 2, they headline Sleeping Village to celebrate a new self-titled album.

The new Soft and Dumb album is available on vinyl, cassette, and CD.


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