A jumpin' June to enjoy
There’s so much to talk about I’m not going to pretend to fabricate an introduction or lead you down a merry path of assumed meticulous and attempted mellifluous wordplay and just get on with the long to-do list for this week.
First up is a memorial show for Jim Pearl hosted by Johnny Slu and Two Few at Robbie’s during the 5:30 to 7:30 weekly Friday performance sponsored by the hard working folks at the Springfield Area Arts Council. Joining the venerable John Sluzalis on drums are the Two Few (or in this case, perhaps the “Too” Few). With John Miller on guitar, Terry Brennan on piano and Bill Schliph on bass, the band dedicates their playing to Mr. Pearl, a longtime local resident and supporter of live music. According to Slu, and he should know, Jim was “a fan of jazz, hosted Jimm-Jams on WQNA radio for many years, a Jazz Society member and friend to all musicians.” Jim passed away just this May and the band will “be doing some of Jimmy’s favorite tunes and hopes to see many friends at this show.”
Next we have the Sangamon County Fair over in the fine burg of New Berlin, just south and a bit west of Berlin. The fair fairly bubbles over with joyous delights and many of them center around music. Nearly too numerous to mention, bands play in the beer tent areas and on the grandstand stage mixing local groups and national acts in a veritable cornucopia of music famously fit for a fair smack dab in the middle of the Midwest. On Friday in the Bud Pavilion, check out the new kid in town, as New City Road combines a music-playing family (the Mundstocks) with area stalwarts to create a new entity on the happening scene.
Shrouded in sinister mystery and cloaked in regaled debauchery, let’s sneak in on the Facebook page of Go!Tsunami and see what this band has to say for themselves. “Inspiring terrifying screams of euphoria, Go!Tsunami ascends from its subterranean machine shop to unleash a powerful dose of instrumental rock and surf on an unsuspecting, immediately willing and ultimately awestruck audience.” There they said it. You will neither see nor hear anything like this band in Springfield, and quite possibly in the known universe, other than the Chef Shangri-La in Chicagoland now and then. The fearsome foursome of Riptide, Stingray Jr., Stan Overboard and The Fury, also known as the “masked henchmen of horror,” don bizarre hockey masks and play strangely estranged surf-like music “that conjure images of hot rods, horror movies, long boards, tiki idols, beach parties, exotic islands, classic cars, pinups, cheap beer and rum.” This Saturday night, with opening act bOOn, Go!Tsunami hosts a CD release party at the Brewhaus. They’ll also be playing at 3:30 in the afternoon near Carlinville on the Macoupin County Fairgrounds for the Rumble on Route 66 car show and concert event. Headliners include Dale Watson and Chuck Meade. If you dare, prepare to be scared.
Red White and Floyd returns to town performing Pink Floyd at the Tin Can Pub, Saturday, starting at 9:30 with a $10 cover. Teacher, leave those kids alone, give them some money and send ’em to the dark side of moon before there’s another brick in the wall.
Hosting another major concert, and perhaps the biggest yet, Donnie’s Homespun presents Los Lonely Boys with Josie Lowder Band on June 26. Might make for a fun Wednesday night, don’t you think so?
There, that should do it for this week. Whew!
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