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Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 11:52 am

September soundings


Here Come the Mummies invade Boondocks Thurs., Sept. 26 at 8 p.m.

Cool weather and cooler things to do appear as the fall season moves into our world with a pleasant and welcome entrance. As the days shorten, the night comes earlier and that means more “nightlife” for you and me.

Another area band makes the effort to gain fan-based funding as Brushville (formerly Brushfire), a modern country group based in Normal with Springfield members, recently kicked off a Kickstarter project. The 30-day run goes from Sept. 16 to Oct. 16 and contains a lofty $25,000 goal. So if you want Brushville to go record in Nashville, Tenn., get to the Kickstarter website and type in “Brushville,” then get to giving, to get your rewards and help them get theirs.

Thursday night Husky Burnette, a roots-rocking, blues-belting fella lands in the Tin Can Pub for the evening. The Chattanooga-based, raw blues performer is a-traveling through the Midwest supporting a new record and goes on to Kansas City, Joplin and Tulsa in the next several days. He sites influences like Howlin’ Wolf and R.L. Burnside, so if you know those cats and like them, go say howdy to Husky.

In another Thursday show, head out to Boondocks to experience one of the strangest and most visually entertaining groups around when Here Come the Mummies takes the stage. Endorsed to me by none other than our Ozark Mountain Daredevil buddy “Supe” Granda (“you gotta see ’em, man”), we are talking about a large band with vocals, guitars, drums and horns, dressed up looking like ancient Egyptian mummies and playing funk music to raise the dead. According to their website, the group, unearthed by a Professor Dumblucke from an ancient discotheque, is cursed “to wander the earth, seeking that ultimate riff,” one that will hopefully and gratefully bestow peace and rest upon the accursed undead musicians. I checked on the veracity of the story and guess what? It’s all true. So be careful out there and remember, these are not just regular guys dressed up in strips of peeling polyester, but real live mummies, back from the dead to funk you to death (not literally), as they seek redemption from a seedy and sordid past. Yikes!

Again, because I can hardly believe it myself, I must mention that two of my favorite artists ever are playing Springfield on the same evening when Willie Nelson plays the Sangamon Auditorium and Los Lobos play at Donnie’s Homespun this Friday. Keep me posted as I will be in Jacksonville with Lowder and Manning, Theresa O’Hare and Jeff and Theresa Davidsmeyer playing in an attractive new downtown venue called Playhouse on the Square, having a great time wishing I was in at least three places at once.

All day long on Sunday (12 to 8 p.m.) friends gather at 3112 South Park (near the bike trail head behind Sonic on Wabash) to host a fundraiser/benefit for Susan Griffin, a longtime, favorite server at popular local restaurants including the Magic Kitchen years ago and recently at Ross Isaac. Susan was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in May and needs help to get through this medical, and therefore financial, crisis (come on Obamacare, come on). Several bands answered the call for help, including the one and only Springfield Shaky making an all-to-rare appearance about 7 p.m. Please stop by, BYOB and seating, look for the big tent, purchase some delicious donated food, peruse silent auction items and enjoy the music while giving back to Susan in her time of need. Visit Benefit for Susan Griffin on Facebook for more information.

I’m falling for fall all over again. How about you?

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