music notes 12-16-04
On Wednesday, Dec. 22, celebrate the Winter Solstice and the fifth anniversary of Trout Lily Café -- Illinois Times readers' "Best of Springfield" pick for coffee. Proprietor Kate Hawkes says the business (218 S. Sixth St., 391-0101) is open all day as usual, but will add evening hours from 5 until 8 p.m. for the festivities. Look for door prizes, refreshment specials, and music by Bill Furry. (Uh, Bill, you're good, but don't quit your day job.)
Speaking of anniversaries, come celebrate one more year of F 5, another Illinois Times "Best of Springfield" winner. The Top 40 pop-rock-cover group has had a few personnel changes during its eight-year run, but nothing seems to dim the band's popularity. Join the hoopla at Marly's Pub (9 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, 522-2280), beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, until 1 a.m.
Here's a tip to help organize your holiday music listening schedule: The Good Brothers of Pleasant Plains appear at The Cellar below Andiamo! (204 S. Sixth St., 523-3262), next Thursday, Dec. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The concert sponsored by our good friends at M.I.C.E., features the under-20 siblings knocking out some tasteful jazz music and donating the proceeds to our local Salvation Army. 'Tis the season.
Spillway Lanes has become one of Springfield's finest venues for weekend live entertainment. The lounge is a nice sounding room and hey, if your partner likes to bowl and you like live music, what a deal! On Saturday, Dec. 18, from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., check out a new blues-rock group from the area, filled with local music scene veterans. The Low Down features Lorrie Eden on lead vocals, with Fast Eddy Eden, Tom Lewis, Greg Jacaway, and Roger Latham, making up rest of the band. This Sunday don't forget it's that time of the month when 17 (count 'em) jazz musicians get together for an evening of swing. Yes, it's the Bowling Alley Big Band from 6 to 9 p.m. performing your favorite hits of old with a few holiday classics tossed in for those desiring to hear Christmas classics done in big band style.