music notes 1-6-05
Prepare to rock as the band Low as I releases Shot Heard Around the World on Friday, Jan. 7. The band formerly known as Mindfold will be selling and signing the new CDs after an acoustic show at Samuel Music (3730 Wabash Ave.). The celebration continues around 10 p.m. the same night at Viele's Planet, 126 E. Jefferson St., with a live performance by Low as I and a yet-unnamed opening act. The disc was recorded in Cedar Falls, Iowa, by Tom Talman, who also produced Stone Sour's gold-selling debut album. The first single, "A New Low," is in regular rotation on WQLZ (92.7 FM).
Mr. Opporknockity fans who are fixated on numbers will be interested to know that the 1999 Illinois Times "Best of Springfield" band is back to five in '05. Founding member Doug Gholson left the quintet last year to pursue other interests, among them playing with guitarist Michael Sullivan. Sullivan, who also slings guitar for the Moonlite Rhythm Rangers, is now a member of Mr. Opporknockity. Being the fab player that he is, Sullivan keeps them all happy. Mr. Opporknockity debuts the new lineup at Easy Street Lounge, 1699 West Morton Ave. in Jacksonville, at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8.
Our old friend Catfish brings the Sharks to play and party at the Illinois Central Blues Club Blue Monday Jam at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at the Alamo, 115 N. Fifth St. The venerable axman has graced many a central-Illinois stage and studio, playing with the best and brightest along the way. He always shines brightest when fronting the Sharks, so get there early and stay late (the jam session begins around 11 p.m.). This would be a good time to renew your ICBC membership or start off on the right blues note for 2005 by joining up and buying a T-shirt or two. Tell 'em IT sent ya.
What's a Brat Pack? Well, if we're talking bands -- and we are -- it's an '80s-cover group from Champaign whose members actually relive those glory years by dressing like artists from the period. Tacky, yeah. Goofy, sure. Lots of decadent fun, you betcha. Reunite with your '80s past at Marly's Pub, 9 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, on Friday, Jan. 7, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.