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Thursday, March 30, 2017 12:03 am

March music into April

The Cold Stares, from Nashville, play the Brewhaus on Saturday night.


This has always been a favorite time of the year for me, partly because of the promise of April (say what you want, T. S. Eliot) and somewhat due to the fun of April Fools’ Day. So in celebration, I’m seeing one of my songwriting heroes in person on Friday when Kris Kristofferson plays The Pageant in St. Louis. Thank you Kent Argenta for helping dreams come true, and thanks to Cactus Ranch for covering my George Rank’s Friday night spot while I am away.

Marina V, our central Illinois adopted artist by way of Moscow and Los Angeles, is offering all a chance to pre-order her newest recording called Born to the Stars. Marina V is so on it that she doesn’t need crowdfunding websites. She pre-sells through her very own network that she worked hard to establish and continues to maintain and use. Just go to her website at http://MarinaV.com for all the information. Congratulations Marina, on the album and all the good stuff you and Nick Baker do throughout and for the world.

All kinds of cool things are happening on Friday and Saturday with our regular rotation of class acts from the area hitting the venues with a vengeance. Friday night the always “rocking to the nth degree,” Chris Sorenson Project takes on the Trading Post with Defiance in tow. If you haven’t noticed, this nice, cozy bar on the near west side now hosts happy hour music of various acoustic-type acts from 5 to 8 on most Wednesdays and Thursdays, with Yoshi (you missed it) on March 29 and Gabe Marshall on March 30, and brings in the bands (such as CSP) on a regular basis, too. Watch as The Brotherhood steals into Third Base Sports Bar on Friday, bringing rocking blues to the Maple Street bar that is now the go-to local weekend blues venue.

On Saturday, the Brewhaus features Nashville’s hard-hitting duo The Cold Stares. Drawing comparisons to The Black Keys and other blues-based contemporary rock twosomes, these guys are back to shake up the town again. The Barrel Head joins into the live music fray on Saturday night with a four-band extravaganza starting at 9, featuring all-original combos consisting of folks of the younger ilk. Check out Stick People (formerly Stems) from Taylorville, Blind Social (a jammin’ rock trio), Stereo Static doing catchy, jammy hooks with a new guitarist, and Synzu laying down the late set, doing all instrumental, original jams all the time.

On Monday the Paris-Belle House Concerts in Williamsville brings you the fabulous and fantastic Celtic harpist Ailie Robertson live and in person. Take a listen online to this world-class and world-traveling musician and she will most certainly draw you into her world of Celtic and contemporary sounds and delights. Email paris-belleconcerts@outlook.com to reserve a ticket.

Wednesday is a day of goings-on this week, especially for those looking to perform at open jams downtown. Start with The Cardiologist open mic/stage and brown bag lunch at noon, located downtown next to Recycled Records; then you can hang around for Abe’s Old Hat Open Pic at 6 and/or the Jambalaya Jam at 411 from 6 to 9. Next comes the Wide Open Mic at Bar None from 9 to midnight or head north for Sam and Kortney hosting at Weebles from 7 to 10. For listening to, rather than participating in, music, the Trading Post presents Brooke Thomas and Chris Warren from 5 to 8 on the near west side, while Arlington’s has “the” Al Kitchen from 7 to 10. There’s probably more by now, so check out our Pub Crawl for the good goods.

Happy April Fools’ Day. Go do some tomfoolery.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.

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