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Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004 09:54 am

now playing 9-2-04

Hit & Run. Dempsey’s. Saturday, 10 pm.

Get out! Get out! Like some frazzled stay-at-home parent yelling at the kids, I'm ordering you to get out of the house. Go see something. Go do something. Go play with some friends -- or play with yourself, for heaven sakes! -- but get out and see if you can find something to do, like you know, play or whatever.

What's this business at the Curve Inn I see, and on a Sunday no less? The Wide World of Women Oil Wrestling on stage directly after Ray Lytle and the Itchy Pickles? I sense danger. Ed McCann's Rockhouse starts the festivities at 3:30 with tasteful renditions of rock classics, steering clear of the sex-driven later shows.

And speaking of sex driven, The Station House is hosting the finest in female impersonators (gee, Wally, how do you tell the difference) on Friday night. Then on Saturday, all belly buttons converge at the Washington Street nightclub for a Cher impersonation contest, honoring the upcoming appearance at the PCCC of she who outlived Sonny and out-partied both Gregg Allman and Gene Simmons.

What does all this have to do with live music in Springfield? Very little I'm afraid, but we're talking entertainment now, pure entertainment.

If it's sweet music you prefer over other sweet things, try the Jaigh Lowder Trio at Robbie's on Friday evening. Jaigh and the guys have worked up some beautiful original guitar instrumentals that will lull you into la-la land. More wonderful jazz guitar work is literally right around the corner, when the Sam Crain Quartet gets down in the Cellar, the intimate music room below Andiamo!. Mr. Crain has a boatload of original CDs for purchase. He's seems totally unable (or unwilling) to stop writing songs and performing them. Lucky us.

To quote Pete Townsend, "Rock is dead. Long live rock." To understand this statement one only needs to visit Bread Stretchers on Saturday for the all-ages show. The Locked Sound (Bloomington-Normal), Knife of Simpson (Chicago), Midnight Fall, and The Infinity Room carry on the torch of edgy, in-your-face, I-got-something-to-say-and-I'm-going-to-scream-it-at-you rock music. For further edification continue the learning curve at Central Tavern in Beardstown. Funky Circus Fleas, NIL8 and the Timmys join forces for a solid showing of how to rock the house until it's rubble.

Here are two more mundane (but quite possibly more palatable) shows on the books. Catfish and the Sharks, a true Springfield favorite, takes on the host job at the Illinois Central Blues Club Blue Monday Jam at the Alamo. Wednesday at the Cellar, Jacksonville guitarist Brad Floreth leads a trio through his newfound passion for jazz guitar. Brad is one of my personal favorite guitar players and a nice, funny, loving, guy, too. But don't tell him I said that.

Now remember what I told you - get out!

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