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Thursday, July 8, 2004 09:45 pm

Now Playing 7-8-04

Sally Weisenburg Trio Norb Andy’s. Saturday, 9pm.

Everyone ready and waiting for an action-packed weekend? Are you prepared for rooftop excitement, auditorium magic, coffee shop jazz, and bar band bonanzas? Ready or not, here it comes.

Virgil Rhodes, longtime area jazz saxophonist and flutist, has set us up with a wonderful night of high-dollar jazz at a mere pittance. Jazz by Footprints, Rhodes' working group, covers the Uptown Friday Night show at Robbie's, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Then they pack it up and head east a half a block to The Cellar at Andiamo!, there joining forces with internationally acclaimed vibraphonist Joe Boyce and guitarist Lamont Parsons. Both musicians can lay claim to many performances at famous jazz festivals and clubs and working relationships with renowned jazz players like Herbie Hancock, Pharaoh Sanders, and Von Freeman. Bassist Ben Taylor, drummer Lemoine Carlise, and Rhodes have the great pleasure and honor of accompanying their esteemed fellow musicians when it all comes together around 8:30 p.m.

The relatives are in town and you need a variety of music to fill your Friday night agenda? Go to Lucky's and hang with Post War Fords, a most agreeable rock band that will probably play something that everybody will recognize sometime during the night. What's this, Aunt Bertha is whining about needing some Dixieland music in her life? Casually mention that Riverboat 5+1 is dishing out the real thing over at Lime Street Café -- and you can even get a fine and tasty meal before the show, if you so desire. Then there's cousin Seth (Aunt Bertha's late-blooming flower child son) who believes that all music originated from the Dave Matthews Band. Send him off to The Station, Chatham's feel-good jam band, groovin' the top o' the Hilton in Jazz Central Station.

Uncle Ernie (Who?) can satisfy his '80s rock fetish with the big hair and pretty pop of Lost Boys at Marley's Pub or Ed McCann's Rockhouse at Knucklehead's, where the hair is long, but not necessarily big, and the pop isn't always pretty. Hipper-than-thou, of course, is that difficult to please pretty cousin Courtney. Why she'll be shocked at the sophisticated sounds of elevator shoe with Trina Madonia and certainly declare, "I had no idea you had bands like this in little ol' Springfield. My goodness, that bass player is cute." Don't forget to take Grandpa with you to see the Domino Kings at Underground City Tavern. He can tell you stories about the first time he heard some of those country songs they whip through. If it gets too loud (they'll do that), he can turn down the hearing aid, order another Stag, and let the vibrations pass through.

Oh, I'm sorry, we forgot about young Ulor, christened Howard by his parents, then re-named by himself last year as he began to discover dark and shiny metal music. Viele's Planet offers Lidlifter, Clone, and Victim of Chaos, three hard rockin' and adequately named groups properly trained in satisfying angst-ridden nice young boys like Howard, I mean Ulor. That should help out in scheduling the family for Friday.

All that stuff, like the Rooftop Roots Fest, Hot Tuna, Jacksonville's Prairie Land Bluegrass Festival, and some other things are also going on this weekend.

Please properly prepare yourself for the onslaught of entertainment possibilities.

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