music notes 1-13-05
It's one more chance for the Last Chance Blues Band, as the popular local group winds up the music box again. New members Rick Hardin, Larry Harness, and Lincoln Eades join original members, Peter "Doc" Glatz, Ed Selinger, Gary Halford, Sherman Elliott, and Bob Kirk to reinvent to the former Illinois Times' Best of Springfield choice for best local band. According to Hardin, the group plans "to get back on the blues train in Springfield and become even more popular than before." Ride the rails this Friday, January 14, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Spillway Lanes lounge (1025 Outer Park Drive, 546-5221).
Friday, January 14, marks the return of Bockman's Euphio to Jazz Central Station atop the mighty Hilton (700 E. Adams St., 789-1530) from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. To better salute our hero, Dr. Bockman in the Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. short story "The Euphio Question," the rock/pop/jazz quartet recently shortened its name to Bockman. The group's second CD release, gorgus: fighting Bockman's Euphio is self-described as "a listening experience exclusive only to ears which crave music." I think that means it's good stuff, at least that's the way I'm taking it.
F5, one of our most popular local bands has put an interesting twist on their reunion gig. This Friday, January 14, at Mojo's (225 E. Monroe, St., 544-3400) from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., bygone members of the enduring group gather to relive the past through song. Robin Bosie Cunningham, Holly Phillips, Chris Bartolomucci, Stan Komperda, Mark Packenham, and Zack Pierceall are among the former F5-ers reuniting to play the songs that made them a Springfield favorite. Current members Kenny Duffy, Tom Gaskins, and Drew Aschembrenner fill out the band, called XF5 for this special expanded version.
Enamel is known as a smart rock band, which, I'm guessing is better than a dumb rock band. Even though the dummies are more fun and highly outnumber the smarties, bands like Enamel are a real brain tickle both musically and lyrically. Highly intelligent Kevin Wasmer is one of the main reasons this band sounds so sharp. On Friday, January 14, at 10 p.m., the Café Kanichi-Wa (1117 S. Grand Ave E. 544-3500) welcomes Enamel as they unleash new bassist Jake Ritter on an unsuspecting world with a half-acoustic, half-electric night. Micah Walk, the best singer-songwriter to wander out of Girard since, well since anybody, opens the show.