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Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005 03:53 am

music notes 2-17-05

An explosion of Springfield songwriters is set to go off at Mojo’s (225 E. Monroe St.) around 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. Included in Reirer “the Proprietor” Deloney’s big blast of acoustic guitar wielding lyricists are Micah Walk, Joe Frew, Josh Reilly, Matt Meinhert, Sarah Schnieder, Dave Littrell, and Tom Irwin.
The band Jazz Orgy began exploring alternative ways of self-satisfaction and discovery during Sunday night jazz jams at Peabody’s Ale House in Osh Kosh, Wis., their town of origin. After several years of pleasure-packed nights they’re now taking the show on the road, spreading the joy of jazz to all who seek it. Your turn is Friday, Feb. 18, at Jazz Central Station (700 E. Adams St., 789-1530) from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Karma, the downtown area’s latest nightclub, is holed up in Vinegar Hill Mall, taking the space where the Funny Bone Comedy Club, Baur’s Opera House, and other Springfield hangouts once called home. DJs and dancing is their usual road to nirvana but Friday, Feb. 18, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., our local Lost Boys offer live music as another alternative to enlightenment. May we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun.
This is the last time we’re going to say, “This is your last chance to see the John Wilde Group of Liverpool, England, in a nightclub in Springfield, Ill., U.S.A.” – unless, of course, they’re still here next week. After several attempts to leave town, the band has seemed to contract a local disease that affects the roaming capacities of inhabitants of our fair city. After this week’s gigs in Curran, Pleasant Plains, and Springfield, the lads will take the cure and head for Nashville and a long road trip. We’re going to miss them — if they ever leave.
Fans of Elvis Costello, the Band, and British folk-rock would do well to check out Arthur Dodge and the Horsefeathers, Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Underground City Tavern (700 E. Adams St., 789-1530). The singer-songwriter and band hail from Lawrence, Kan., a city long praised as an oasis of artistic excitement in the mundane Midwest desert. Dodge drives a cab to support his music habit and has released several well-received albums. His songs are good and his band superb.
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