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The Right Now returns to Founders Brewing to kick off eight show tour

Soul pop band The Right Now kicks off an eight show tour at Founders Brewing on March 25 to debut their new album: Starlight.

/Seth Thompson

/Seth Thompson

The Right Now is an example of the collaboration of pop and soul music. TRN has been a band since 2008. Celebrating catchy songwriting with inspiring messages, TRN has been touring on and off since 2009 and released two acclaimed albums in that time. On March 25, The Right Now is at Founders Brewing for the first of eight shows to debut their newest album, Starlight.

Brendan O’Connell, guitarist and songwriter, and Stefanie Berecz, lead vocalist, met in 2006 and have been writing music together for over a decade. O’Connell shared, “[Stefanie] is such a tremendous singer and artist and I've been so lucky to work with her for so long. Although TRN has been through a fair amount of personnel changes, we all feel as though this is a special moment for this band. We've finally narrowed our focus and found a set of songs that combines the right amount of pop, soul, and passion. We're so excited for all 2017 holds in store!”

O’Connell shared how they are on a “never ending tour, as Bob Dylan so eloquently put it.” TRN has been doing 10-day tours to the East Coast, South, and Midwest for the last nine years. This has totaled to be nearly 500 shows together thus far. “It’s a necessity for anyone trying to spread their music independently,” O'Connell said. The band enjoys touring, as it’s a time they put away the distractions from their lives and focus solely on the music. Quality time comes from the time spent in the van and they all view this as a great opportunity to connect and be together.

The Right Now has been rehearsing nonstop to add some new ways to make this show especially memorable and unique. They have a deep love for Grand Rapids and have been coming here for the last ten years. The seven band members right now are Stefanie Berecz (vocals), Brendan O’Connell (keys/guitar), Chris Corsale (guitar), Greg Nergaard (bass), Lucas Gillan (drums), Caleb Mitchell (trumpet), Jim Schram (tenor sax). Their photographer, Seth Thompson, resides in Heritage Hill. The band enjoys coming and spending time in his lovely home and the neighborhood. A year ago, TRN played Founders Brewery and fell in love with the fans. They are excited to show their fans here in Grand Rapids what they have come up with and their fresh perspective with their new album.

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