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Thursday, June 21, 2012 03:23 pm

Support your local artist

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Dooley and Owen Present: Reggie Britton
PHOTO BY PATRICK YEAGLE

If you dare say there’s nothing going on in Springfield these days, you just might be silly and wrong. Mid-June is one of the busiest times of the year for an intense and expansive variety of music, and a good bunch comes from your friends and neighbors.

Nothing could show better how our original music scene and art world has grown to be respected by the public than the upcoming Third Floor Music Festival. Designed and implemented in 2010 by Lara Lebeck and Nikki Overcash to “celebrate the many talented musicians and artists” in the area, the dream is now reality as the fest is the talk of the town. Besides hosting several of the best and brightest bands and acoustic acts around, the festival also supports many visual artists, presenting a formidable display of talent for all to see. The artists display and play for free as the whole event is a benefit for the Hoogland, making the works done seem even better. Wander in the Center for the Arts on Friday, June 22, and head to the third floor for a spectacular showing of the current state of the arts in Springfield. The event starts at 6 p.m. with Dooley and Owen Present: and closes with the Blue G’s starting around 11 p.m. and the middle is filled with many more delights. Check out the details on Facebook or www.hcfta.org and buy your tickets before Friday (hurry!) to save five bucks.

Another upcoming event bringing artists together is Poets, Painters, & Performers, an interesting concept hosted by the Prairie Art Alliance and Springfield Poets & Writers. Designed for creating “space for inspiration and communication over three different art forms: visual arts, poetry and songwriting,” participation requires following some guidelines set by the groups involved. Access to the information is at http://prairieart.org/PoetsPaintersPerformers.asp or contact Jennifer Snopko (217-544-2727), gallery manager at the PAA. But do so soon; the deadline for submitting music or poetry to inspire an artist or an artwork to inspire a musician or poet is June 30. Keep in mind, if you are selected to participate you must be available to do so on Aug. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m., when the actual event takes place.

In what I could only term a “wow” event, the Unity Church concert series continues with an outstanding pairing in a duo recital by violinist Kamen Petkov and classical guitarist Russel Brazzel, this Saturday, June 23, at 7 p.m. Just knowing some of what these two incredible musicians have done in a lifetime of music should require them to include storytelling in the program, but with all the wonderful performances expected, I guess we should just let them play. Expect Classical and Romantic compositions, plus a little Tango, Samba, and Bossa-Nova-inspired by Latin American composers, and a bonus song suite by Spanish composer Joaquin Nin. The performance is free and open to the public, but feel free to be generous with your donations. Unity makes for a wonderful listening room and during the yummy treats time afterwards, you can ask for a story or two from the dashing performers.

The Springfield Municipal Band performs every Tuesday at the bandshell in Douglas Park with several other shows at various parks around town throughout the summer. This week catch the biggest local band around on Thursday, June 21, 7:30 p.m., at Washington Park and Sunday, June 24, 7 p.m., at Southwind Park.

In another homegrown music show, Springfield’s own Debbie Eddy Flute Choir performs a patriotic concert called the Winds on the Prairie every Monday through Aug. 27 at 1 and 3 p.m., in the Representative Hall at the Old State Capitol.

Hey, you might really know someone in the band.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.

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