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Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:03 am

Friday music making

Venice plays The Legacy Theatre on Friday night with opening act The Deep Hollow.


If this falls on deaf ears, I suppose that we could turn a blind eye to it and move on. But let’s believe in all who listen and make the most of making music matter. Friday night’s “Pub Crawl” demonstrates a selection that really shows the collection of music in Springfield.

At the Cardologist, next to Recycled Records on Adams Street, catch Last Acre, the father-daughter combo of Mark and Molly Mathewson from 5:30 to 7:30. Get yourself over there for a listen to subtly brilliant acoustic renderings on many a fine song, including Mark’s insightful originals and Molly’s compelling voice. Just down the block at Robbie’s, the Uptown Friday Night music series, held in cooperation with the Springfield Area Arts Council, is now into 22 years of hosting weekly jazz and blues on Friday nights from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dan Rivero Trio, one of our most respected and diverse groups in town, is on the bill for this week.

Down the street and around the corner, Larson, Larson and Harte do up the Craft Beer Bar from 8 to 11 with a wonderful setlist of killer songs, including several from the well-respected but not particularly well-known Americana-based singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith. From there, head across the street to Bar None where The Good Companions open for sound travelers Amy LaVere and Will Sexton starting around 8. Booked as an official Bedrock 66 Live! concert with support from our friends at WUIS, go online and take a listen to Amy and Will if you need encouragement to make this show. Both are stellar musicians and writers with mile-long pedigrees of performances at well-known venues with world-famous players.

To stay downtown a little longer, wander off to the Brewhaus for a mashup of Suns and Cats from 8 to 11 or so, when Mike and Jeff from the Suns of Circumstance meet up with Andon and Joe T. from Cats on Holiday with Dion Doss connecting it all to make mighty music. Or head to the Butternut Hut near Second and Jefferson for music made by Cactus Ranch featuring John Stevens and Kyle Kiezling from 8 to 11. The Kitchens are cooking up some country and pop hits over at Arlington’s from 7 to 11, made tasty by Kathy’s amazing voice.

Now off we go to the near west side for acoustic stylings by Jerry Setnicky at the Trading Post and interesting pop-rock selections from Harmony Deep at Lime Street Cafe. Or, start out of town, with the MojoCats blues-ing up Weebles north on Peoria Road or head south to the Curve Inn where After Sunset rocks on into the night. For those interested in going all the way out, head up 29 to Long Bridge and hear the modern-pop sounds of The Mix or keep going on to Athens for the Suburban Mystics’ intrepid blend of songs at the Boar’s Nest. Circle around west to Curran for the Smokin’ Js at Trails End or head east for Stacy Doty at Rochester’s Walnut Street Winery.

To top Friday off, Los Angeles’ Venice is back in town with a show at The Legacy Theatre supported by The Deep Hollow. All-ages venue Black Sheep Cafe hosts a set of cool electronica bands from 7 to 11. Come on over and see me with the Hayburners at George Rank’s from 8 to 11-ish, as we warm up for our Billy Bob Thornton opener on April 22 at Boondocks. And speaking of Boondocks, they host one Saturday show I can sneak in to, when the Pine Mountain Logs, Venice’s alter-ego cover band, are joined by Mary Jo Curry for a benefit show.

Well there, now that’s a Friday night in Springfield.

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