Now playing 4-29-04
Enter, my friends, into the wild and wonderful world of music in the capital city. It's a place of diversity and digressions tied together by darkness and booze, smoky taverns, and bright beer lights. The rewards are great if you take seriously the challenge of finding your music and don't mind the added attachments that come with a bar-based entertainment system.
Usually recording, producing, and promoting your own CD creates a moment of exhilaration followed by years of staring at boxes and boxes of shrink-wrapped pieces of your soul. The Station, a pop-influenced jam band from Chatham, enters the arena of shameless self-promotion on Friday with a CD release party at Dempsey's. Hey guys, may those little pieces of plastic containing your musical essence fly out the door and into the waiting players of family, friends, and fans. Hopefully, some discs will find their way into the fickle hearts of the masses and the hands of record executives.
Frank Trompeter drops another "Innovators New Music Series" concert in the laps of unsuspecting Springfieldites on Friday at Andiamo!/Charlie's Club as he sponsors the Wolfgang Fuchs Trio direct from Berlin, Germany. Fuchs is a world-renowned player in the left field of avant-garde jazz. It's a genre of music that makes some people say, "How does he do that?" and others say, "Why does he do that?" Both types of listeners will shake their heads in disbelief. The former group will applaud the artist's leap. The latter will likely walk away in search of more familiar sounds.
Those folks looking for that familiar sound can head for American Legion Post 32 and the One Night Stand Band. The ONSB is a collection of local musicians aiming to please your ears with the sounds of the tried and true. They do it well and will have you singing along and dancing away in no time at all.
Also on Friday the Brewhaus begins its Jonahfest celebration with the Phonocaptors, a popular St. Louis rock band that floods the world with mighty melodies and rockin' rhythms. Check out the new CD featuring Springfield's Keith Voegele (formerly of St. Louis) on bass. It's a delightful excursion into a land that does not exist, where pop music is excellent, intelligent, and rocks.
Now prepare for Saturday. Jack Flash jumps into Spillway Lanes Lounge for another rousing revival of the Rolling Stones and Lil' Higgy and the House Wreckers knock around at Knucklehead's. Jazz Central Station welcomes the hip-hop hybrid of Treologic and the Beatnix bop until you drop at Lime Street Station. The venerable Suns of Circumstance shine at Marly's Pub and Full Circle rolls into Silver Dollar Saloon. How's that for a quick rundown of the unsurpassed variety of bands hanging out in our taverns Saturday night?
In a quick reminder of next week's highlights, be sure to scribble down Mike Barfield at the Underground City Tavern on Thursday in a corner of your mind. Barfield is one of the best blues/country/soul singers on the market today. He travels with a top-notch Texas band and can move his feet like nobody's business. He be good.
You may now exit the intoxicating environment of our nightlife and snuggle back into the blissful reality of life in Mr. Lincoln's Hometown.