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Thursday, March 28, 2013 11:04 am

The sounds of spring


Dan Hubbard and the Humadors play Donnie’s Homespun on Friday, March 29.

Oh, I can close my eyes and hear those wonderful sounds of music played out-of-doors as the weather breaks and spring returns to take us into summer. I hear rock bands outside in beer gardens, festivals on the streets of Springfield echoing all day and late into the night, groups of all flavors playing in the parks and all the other resonating treasures the warmer weather allows for live music to become in our fair city.

But for now, we must content ourselves with the drips of melting snow and the sweet sounds of the little birdies, while counting down the days to the rejuvenating reverberation of music heard in the open air. Fortunately, the music indoors is in abundance this week and well suited to getting us into April.

If I were me, I’d start by getting out to the Curve Inn on Friday for a 6 to 10 performance by Rogers and Nienhaus. This world class, St. Louis-based duo plays with gusto and quality, bringing together decades of professional music performances from the early days of Nienhaus’ band, Acousticity, touring with the Ozark Mountain Daredevils to Roger’s work with the reconstructed Byrds. Our friend and ubiquitous musician Michael “Supe” Granda helped bring Rogers and Nienhaus together, and like Supe, they still make wonderful music the old-fashioned way, by playing it. You won’t be disappointed by this twosome of incomparable taste and distinction, performing original songs and a few classics with as much passion and professionalism as you’ll find on a stage anywhere.

On Friday, I get the wonderful opportunity to open at 9 p.m. for Dan Hubbard and the Humadors at Donnie’s Homespun (with Ken Noble’s birthday celebration, too). Dan brings a feel good, in your face, rocking acoustic sound straight from the fields and highways that dominate the landscape of central Illinois. Based in Bloomington and well versed in the Chicago scene, these guys rock and roll, while making good music playing good songs.

Also on Friday night, another original band makes a stand. Potomac Accord plays the Tin Can Pub with opener Sammy and the Punk. The piano-based, experimental, indie band from St. Louis first started playing in 2000 and made the rounds traveling all over for years with a respected recorded output as well. They’re now back after a few year hiatus to make a “Central Illinois World Tour” by playing Springfield then hopping on over to Champaign for a show on Saturday. Check them out online and listen in to some neat stuff, then wander out for the live show and say hello.

Level Sixx drops into Harry’s Adult Daycare on Saturday night and wants everyone to know “the original line up is intact,” reuniting for a few shows on “limited occasions” this year. So fans, pay attention and get to the higher “level” while you can. And a little birdie (they’re everywhere) says opening act, The Yippies, are playing their final show. Say it ain’t so Joe, but hopefully we’ll hear more from this active and expressive group playing higher up on the low down ways.

Thanks to breaking news from Anita, your IT calendar girl, Frank Parker will do another Jambalaya Jam at the Brewhaus at 5:45 on Monday, then the esteemed trumpeter heads for New Orleans for an extended stay. Known as an “in-demand” player in the Crescent City, Frank takes off to visit family, play his horn and possibly find better weather. Let us know when you’re back Frank and we’ll be waiting with open ears.

Keep those eyes and ears open as spring comes singing in.

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