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Tuesday, May 13, 2003 02:20 pm

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Voodoo Jones

Here we are again, diehard champions of the nightlife: Fighting the elements to find a place to raise some spirits and enjoy live music.

Start off this week with a Thursday night visit to Floyd's Thirst Parlor, soon to be celebrating one year as a downtown Springfield watering hole. The orange neon reflects off the brick and wood to create the appropriate atmospheric conditions in which to drink and experience the musical vibrations of elevator shoe. The group continues to expand their groove, delving into the mystical world of musical interplay; projecting a steady confidence in rehearsed material while keeping a firm grasp on the improvisational. Mix in the soulful vocals of Trina Madonia, and it's a recipe worth taking home to mama. The "shoe" plays from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., so you can get in and out and still function on Friday.

Speaking of the famed last day of the work week, Friday's chock-full of tried and true local bands in the traditional, approximately 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. slot favored by club owners across the nation. Mr. Opporknockity takes the opportunity to knock out some fine originals and cool covers at Marly's Pub, and LandSharks float into the Grandstand to claim it for fans of Jimmy Buffet and Van Morrison. Over on the westside the Groove Daddies make a line for Breaktime, and to the east the Lost Boys find themselves at the County Line (soon to be known as Buckhead's). Showdown takes on the Northend at Billy's Stockyards, and the Pat Bowe Band heads south to the Outpost in Litchfield. Black Magic Johnson lays down original and classic blues at Norb Andy's, while down the street and around the corner Moroccan Soul works the crowd into a Latin lather at Dempsey's. Over at Viele's Planet, it's all-out-rock mayhem with the triumvirate of Big Fur, Lidlifter, and the Carrots.

In the good cause category, you can knock down those pesky pins while rocking with Hot Property at the Big Brother, Big Sister charity bowl at Spillway Lanes from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Now that's really rock and roll.

It's a stellar weekend for the blues at Jazz Central Station atop the Hilton. Voodoo Jones, an up-and-coming Chicago blues group, takes the stage on Friday, and Bruiser and the Virtues make the trip from Champaign to swing the Station with some born-again blues on Saturday.

Here are some varied but interesting sights and sounds in Springfield: Bill Furry plays original and traditional folk tunes on mandolin and guitar every Monday and Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Trout Lily Cafe. F 5 pops in on a Wednesday night at the Alamo for a mid-week party-a-thon. Antone has moved his steady Wednesday gig to the County Line from 8 to 11p.m.

Take heart, chilled ones--the opening of beer gardens can't be far off.

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