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Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004 01:55 pm

music notes 10-21-04

• Anybody remember the Brown Bag Blues Boy, Tim McKean? They say he came from Illiopolis, hung out in Springfield, then relocated to Los Angeles in the late 1970s. While in the capital city, McKean performed with the Blues Boys, Sangamon Valley Hoedowners, and Finnegan's Wake, and as a solo act. Welcome him back to Springpatch for one night only, from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at Lime Street Cafe (951 S. Durkin Dr. ).

• Inside sources at Illinois Times have Rod Lingo pegged as a hit. In fact, the ladies around the office have said things about him we dare not repeat in print. Find out for yourself why he's got them all talking, with a visit to The Cellar at Andiamo!, (204 S. Sixth St., 523-3262). He plays with Joel Clark from 9 to midnight Friday, Oct. 22.

• Starship Billiards (2301 Stevenson Dr.) introduces a new weekly series with a familiar local band this Saturday when their Jazz and Blues Showcase premieres with the popular smooth jazz group Razin' Kane. The billiard hall will feature cabaret seating for the listening audience, food, and, of course, plenty of pool playing. The music goes from 9 to midnight.

• Yes, it's that time of year when we pause to pay respects to one of our dearest community members. Since birthdays only come once a year (unless you're Raoul and celebrate for a whole week, month, lifetime), get out and say hey to Denby of Ed McCann's Rockhouse from 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, until 1 a.m. Sunday at Dempsey's (225 E. Monroe St.). And I didn't say anything about the delicious chocolate cookies he bakes all by himself and gives out to friends attending the celebration -- because I hope there are some left for me.

• It's a study in the classics of classical music this Friday, Oct. 22, when the Illinois Chamber Orchestra uncovers its roots with Bach meets Mozart. If you're like me and a sucker for some keen harpsichord playing don't miss the talented Alice Edwards performing J. S. Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor (my favorite key). See it all at the First Christian Church, Sixth and Cook streets, at 7:30 p.m.

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