music notes 12-2-04
Recycled Records, your civic leader in recorded-music sales and selection, now brings you live music during Downtown Springfield Inc.'s holiday walks. From 5-9 p.m. today, Thursday, Dec. 2, singer/songwriter Jill Manning and a funky bunch of friends host a Christmas hootenanny. On Dec. 11, elevator shoe unaffected grooves for customers from noon-5 p.m. Musical artists set up in the front-window area of the venerable music store at 625 E. Adams St.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, Stone Ring Circle performs in the beautiful Arlee Theater, a recently restored 1936 movie house in downtown Mason City. The venue features the original light fixtures, leather and wood seats, and sound-friendly wall coverings. The Celtic-rock band jigs and swings, reels and rocks, while running through original tunes and Celtic covers. They combine electric and acoustic guitar with flute and fiddle backed with bass, keyboards, and percussion to create an inspiring mix of Irish-American blended music. And coming soon to the Arlee are comedians Royce Elliott and Mike Dentino. They claim to be funny and clean. How can that be? Find out for yourself at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. For more information, call the theater: 217-482-9999.
What the heck happened to Dempsey's, you ask? Simple: It's being remodeled into -- drum roll, please -- Mojo's. Proprietor Reier Deloney has owned and operated the venue at 225 E. Monroe St. for just over a year and recently decided it was time to name it himself. Years ago, the bar was a popular live-music venue named Bedrock's, and when the remodeling work is finished, it will return to a performance schedule of six nights a week, Deloney says. There's also been some interior redecorating to accommodate the bands and their followers.
No it's not a misprint: Field of Grey returns to Viele's Planet this Saturday. The St. Louis modern-rock band has played the Second and Jefferson nightclub three months in a row, most recently on Nov. 19. The group's Web site reports that that outing was less than exceptional, with one of three bands canceling and "about half" of the expected crowd turnout. The always optimistic Springfieldians in attendance informed the band that "Fridays suck." The group's final analysis: "All is good! See ya next time Viele's." So here's another chance for Field of Grey fans -- on a Saturday night. Also on the bill are the Timmys and the Funky Circus Fleas. It all starts around 10 p.m. and winds up by 3 a.m.