Now playing 6-3-04
What? June. How did that happen? Last thing I remember it was winter and it was snowing. Not exactly, but here we are almost halfway through 2004. Hey, there's no time for wallowing in the past. We have things to do. Let's do 'em.
Enjoy some music in the great out-of-doors this week. Start off with a casual after-hours get together at Cecil's beer garden with the funkamatic-jazzaholic sounds of elevator shoe featuring the glorious vocals of Trina Madonia. Also on Thursday, starting at 7 p.m., Al Hull and the Spectors orchestrate an Elvis tribute on the streets of downtown Springfield. Friday evening, Bare Bones bounces a good bunch of tunes off the Alamo beer garden walls from 5:30 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, JamFest at the Nelson Center in Lincoln Park showcases a wide variety of local bands on three stages. Down south, at the Unitarian Univeralist Congregation on Woodside Road, an eclectic mix of music purveyors performs at the Midsummer Faire. All these events can be enjoyed with alcoholic beverages sold on the premises. Chug-a-lug, chug-a-lug.
City Limits is a band. They were once called Austin City Limits in the '70s and have since expanded to include any and all cities within their limits. They are also the only country band I know of with the word "city" in their title. The group has long been a popular staple in central Illinois and has been through a few musician changes before evolving into the present line-up. On Friday night, they will release their first CD on a suspecting public at Lucky's at Second and Jefferson. Long Time Comin' includes four original tunes and a bunch of fan favorites to please the stalwart followers of the band. The CD showcases the group's four lead vocalists through solo singing and in the strong harmonies and the playing talents of the veteran musicians. Debbie Ross adds some guest vocals on a remake of American Trilogy (there's Elvis again). All in all, it's a good collection that certainly was a "long time comin' " but well worth the wait.
Hey, it doesn't happen often, but here's your chance to see Inspected by 12 as they clamber into Dempsey's on Saturday night. The band doesn't play very often any more, but when they do -- look out!
The Wildlife Sports Bar on Peoria Road celebrates two years in the treacherous bar business with a party hosted by those bad boys of Springfield rock, Filthy Johanson. Look for bands at the bar "on the fairgrounds side of the road" all summer long.
The Underground City Tavern lives up to its roots rock credentials this weekend with Diesel Island, a St. Louis band that includes former members of the Bottle Rockets, on Friday and Two Cow Garage (ain't that a silly name?) from Ohio on Saturday. Next week, Danny Barnes, formerly of the Bad Livers (talk about names will ya), brings banjo, guitar, and fun songs to the UCT stage and a wonderfully adept songwriter and personable singer Paul Burch, cleans up on Saturday, June 12.
Now get over your lost-time worries. There ain't nothing you can do about it, so enjoy.