Sangamon Auditorium is the place to be this fall for those who like to jam. And for those who like to sit quietly too. On Sept. 19, Springfield audiences will be privy to the journey of up and coming opera singers in The Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars. The artists will perform classical arias, duets and ensemble works by opera’s top composers. 8 p.m. Then on Sept. 26, Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues with Blues Legend Sam Lay rolls into town. Corky Siegel, a longtime blues man from Chicago, was a pioneer in combining classical and blues music in the l960s and 70s. Drummer Sam Lay has performed with and produced definitive recordings of such legends as Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter and Muddy Waters. 8 p.m. On Oct. 24 Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam may cause some raging, but not on the road. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Traffic co-founder also played with Delaney and Bonnie, Mama Cass Elliot and Fleetwood Mac. This show is billed as a “sight and sound experience” so buckle your seatbelt. 8 p.m.
If you like musical tributes, the Hoogland should be your destination this fall. They’ll host Close to You: The Music of the Carpenters at 4 p.m. on Sept. 13 and Yesterday – a Tribute to the Beatles at 7:30 on Sept. 24. www.hctfa.org.
Roots, blues and Americana fans will enjoy Bedrock 66’s musical offerings. Blues lovers should check out Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones. The brothers (formerly both in the Blasters) have a tempestuous history but are together again to make up for “Lost Time,” the title of their new album. On it, they play tribute to influences such as Lead Belly and Big Joe Turner. Expect to hear their signature blues and roots on Oct. 11 at Casey’s Pub-Knights of Columbus. Then on Oct. 23, there’s Margo and the Price Tags. Margo Price was born in Illinois but has become a mainstay of the Nashville country music scene. According to Bedrock 66, she sounds like Tammy Wynette and Elliot Smith’s love child. Casey’s Pub - Knights of Columbus. www.bedrock66.com.
You won’t hear crickets down in the Boondocks this fall; this venue is hosting tons of musical acts. On Sept. 11 there’s Nashville’s “fast breaking country rock” band, Old Dominion (fresh from opening for Kenny Chesney) with The Damn Quails. On Sept. 18 check out singer/ songwriter Corey Smith. On Oct. 16 you can hear the country rap stylings of Big Smo and a “boot stompin’ good time” with Broseph E. Lee. On Oct. 17, Mike Ryan offers up smooth and soulful country with Sam Riggs, Oct. 18, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell with Riley Etheridge Jr., on Nov. 5, country ingénues Maddie and Tae and on Nov. 13, Ashley Monroe (formerly of the Pistol Annies). www.boondockspub.com.
Country songwriter Chris Janson penned Tim McGraw’s hit “Truck Yeah” and now is touring behind his own “Buy Me a Boat.” He’s at the BoS plaza at the Prairie Capital Convention Center Sept. 6. Metal fans will be happy to hear Godsmack will grind up the PCCC on Sept. 27 with special guest Sevendust. www.springfieldpc3.com
The Black Sheep Café will not disappoint Springfield’s hardcore music fans this September. Coming up are shows featuring Nighthawk (Sept. 4), G.L.O.S.S. (Sept. 7), Say Something (Sept. 11), Steve Adamyk Band (Sept. 12), American Hate (Sept. 14) and hometown favorite Looming and friends at the Black Sheep 10-Year Anniversary Show (Sept. 18). www.blacksheepspringfield.com.
Unless you hate children or music, you won’t want to miss Emi Sunshine at the Railsplitting Festival at the Logan County Fairground in Lincoln on Sept.19. The range and depth of this 10-year-old Appalachian singer and ukelele player have inspired comparisons to June Carter Cash and Allison Krauss. www.railsplitting.com.
For a change of sonic scenery, take a scenic drive to Urbana this fall, where Of Montreal plays the High Dive Sept. 9. www.Thehighdive.com. Sept. 10-12 the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts presents Ellnora, the guitar festival. Highlights include Bela Fleck and Los Lobos. www.krannertcenter.com. The Pygmalion Festival Sept. 23-27 features tech, literature and handmade products as well as music. There, you can hear Tune-Yards, Wild Ones and many others. www.thepygmalionfestival.com. Gwar will be at will be at The Canopy club on Nov. 2, followed by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on Nov. 6 www.canopyclub.com.
In Bloomington, you can make your way to The Castle Theatre to see Grammy-nominated Nashville Pussy’s southern rock (Sept. 5), Tab Benoit’s Cajun-influenced modern blues (Sept. 24), and Lucinda Williams’ alt-country soul (Sept. 27). www.thecastletheatre.com.
Head up to Peoria to see these superstar stadium acts at the Civic Center: Halestrom (Sept. 17), Shania Twain (Sept. 29), Lee Brice (Oct. 8), Broadway star Audra McDonald with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra (Oct. 17) and Judas Priest (Nov. 3). www.peoriaciviccenter.com.
Finally, St. Louis will host some great bands this fall. Prove it, you say? Well, Modest Mouse plays The Pageant Sept. 2., Beach House is there Sept. 27, Father John Misty Oct. 7, Chance the Rapper Oct. 13, Lyle Lovett with John Hiatt Oct. 21 and Glen Hansard Nov. 23. www.thepageant.com. The Mountain Goats are at Off Broadway Sept. 8, and Waxahatchee plays Oct. 17. www.offbroadwaystl.com.
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