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Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004 05:24 am

music notes 11-4-04

• If you wanted to pick a pair of choirs, you couldn't do any better than the Vienna Boys Choir and the African Children's Choir. Now give them back-to-back shows in central Illinois and go look for a blue moon. The Europeans sing in harmony starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, at Illinois College's Rammelkamp Chapel in Jacksonville (217-245-3069). The youngsters from Africa do their thing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Walnut and Edwards streets. Go figure.

• Please don't attempt to aurally fixate on the name of this band. The Oohs (correct spelling) take their moniker from oohs and ahhs, as in exclamations, not from gooey, sticky stuff. Once you hear the band perform originals and renditions of rock classics, you may find yourself oozing into the blissful land of ahhs, filled with desire for more of the Oohs. Slip into Lucky's (131 E. Jefferson St., 217-753-3521) on Friday night for a listen.

• John Johns first wowed Springfield listeners at a classical-guitar concert two years ago. He is known for his "beautifully poetic playing," according to Russel Brazzel, a fellow plucker and coordinator of the city concerts. Rumor has it that the young pups of today like to show off their chops, whereas Johns, an old dog at this art, takes a subtler approach to his music. Under his direction, the guitar program at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in Nashville has gained international acclaim. His fingers will do the talking at a 3 p.m. show this Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St. ($12; 217-726-8991).

• Now, does this sound like fun or what? You get on a bus with a bunch of friends, plus a few strangers to spice things up, then you ride from bar to bar around Springfield, checking out bands, staying a while or waiting for the next bus. This is no fantasy -- it's a music-marathon pub-crawl bar-band extravaganza held to raise money for Crimestoppers. The good-time caravan starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, and $15 takes care of your cover charges at each nightclub and helps out our hardworking pals at the crime-prevention organization. Go to your local watering hole for complete instructions, or try the Curve Inn, Underground City Tavern, or one of the other seven bars with bands on the agenda.

• What's a Silvertide, and why is it in Springfield? Boy, you're nosy! Silvertide is a band. If you've heard of them, you'll probably want to go see them, and if you haven't, who cares? Those who care to know should direct themselves to the Exposition Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4.

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