now playing 8-19-04
Hey wandering souls, searching for enlightenment by the seat of your pants, have I got some deals for you. There is music galore at the Illinois State Fair, enough to keep a persistent music lover busy as a state cop on Taintor Road, but take a look at the talent in town, blissfully unaware of all the hoopla on the north end.
Tres Femmes, a female trio (no phony naming here), pretties up the Underground City Tavern on Thursday with harmony, personality, and originality. They are certainly a sound for sore ears not to be missed.
Also included in that category is our ol' gal pal, Rosie Flores, taking the UCT corner stage on Friday. She can sing you a ballad to make you weep ("Who's Going to Fix it Now"), knock you out with a heartfelt mid-tempo singer-songwriter classic ("Bandera Highway"), and sweep you off your feet with a rockabilly scorcher ("Rock-a-Bye Boogie") -- and that's in the first set. Truly a great American artist, we're very fortunate for the numerous times Rosie has graced our fair city. Jill Manning, a wonderfully talented singer-songwriter, opens the show at 9 p.m. The keeper of the green guitar recently released her first collection of music, Love Songs and Other Scary Stories. It's a keeper.
It had to happen someday, here in Springfield, obvious home of TV's "The Simpsons" (arguments please begin now). Ollie's Tavern, which once was the Alley, the Jolly Cork, and a neighborhood grocery store (yes, junior there were such things), is now known as Moe's. Soon tourists the world over coming to see the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, can stop by Moe's and have a cold one in Homer's hometown. This Friday local tunesmith John Brillhart sings up a storm from 10 to midnight, crooning tales of Midwest passion, stories of romantic love, and adventures in thrift store shopping. Set 'em up, Moe.
Those unforgettable Cherrystoners, one of Springfield's most popular bands of the '90s, have often teased and tempted their legions of fans with rumors of a reunion. Pay attention now, it's the real thing this time, so don't say you didn't hear it here first (or at least a close second). The group makes their stand at the Alamo on Saturday night from 10 to 2.
Catch another overflow of the state fair entertainment bonanza Friday night as Abstract Giants head to Jazz Central Station after a Stage X appearance on the fairgrounds. The Chicago-based group has played many of the Windy City's most coveted venues including the Metro, House of Blues, Congress Theater, and the Tweeter Center for the Van's Warped 2004 tour battle of the bands. All signs say the eight-member group will be an eye-opening, ear-shocking, toe-wriggling, body-shaking experience for us sheltered downstaters. And I mean that with all due respect to the innovative hip-hop-rock band from way up north.
"Om" one for me.