So long April and Riverboat 5+1
Here we go, wrapping up April 2017 like it was nothing. But far from nothing is what’s going on around town. There are final gigs, first gigs, fun gigs, gigs galore, and so much more happening in the various venues of our capital city.
Don Udey of Riverboat 5+1, central Illinois’ leading Dixieland jazz band, is calling it a day for the long-running group of jazz and otherwise players. After a lifetime of making music in all kinds of situations and many years playing together, this incredible group of top-notch musicians does a final gig together on Friday evening, April 28, at Lime Street Cafe, starting around 8. Thanks for the many years of providing inspiring, soul-stirring, foot-tapping live music for all who took the time to listen. We’re already counting on the reunion show.
Now in the “first gig as this band” department, check out The Maze on Friday, 6 p.m., at the Blue Grouch Pub. Opening up the night for The Station, area musicians Shane Bumgarner, Steve Clark, Kylan Davis, Ed Fliege and Tim Lacy are doing a set of all original music and calling it prog-pop. As Ed explained it, the musicians, influenced by the 70s progressive music movement of “prog-rock,” naturally fell into that style when writing songs. As we know, attempting original music in the clubs of Springfield can be a troublesome ideal, but somebody has got to do it, or at least they should. Paired with Dave Littrell’s groundbreaking, original music of The Station, this should be a good night for showing creative hearts and minds at work.
The Dan Rivero Blues Trio, with the indomitable Dan on drums, features the Champaign-Urbana go-to blues guy Billy Galt at 411 Bar & Grill on Saturday night from 9 to midnight. When Billy plays, the blues happen, and he’s been making it happen since 1980, carving a nice niche for himself and the Blues Deacons in central Illinois. These days the BD’s only play a handful of dates a year, but Billy, being a working musician, plays several nights a week in different combos, always as a stellar performer, playing real, good music, really well.
A Sunday drive through the Pub Crawl this week features a slew or two of groups lending the “Sunday Funday” term a new kick in the pants. The Wolf Crick Boys bring country to where it should be at the Buckhart Tavern on the last Sunday of every month. They have been doing the long-running and well-attended gig for years now from 4:30 to 7:30 in the classic, countryside bar. After a string of shows for Jeff Kornfeld and Mike Burnett, including the Trading Post Saloon on Thursday, Norb Andy’s on Friday, Smurf’s Guitars & Cadillacs on Saturday and Vixen Hill Winery in Palmyra on Sunday afternoon, the boys may need a break for a few days.
Sundays continue with acoustic guitarist Jerry Setnicky at Mama Lee’s Sandbar on the Sangamon River near Mechanicsburg from 5 to 8, and Mark Mills as “one man and a guitar” doing cool originals at Sheedy Shores near Loami from 2 to 5. Brookhills Golf Course on Old Jacksonville Road features the King T’z jamming all the good songs from 3 to 6, and out a little further west closer to New Berlin, Tim Duggan joins the Poor Farm Road band at Danenberger Family Vineyards from 1 to 5. Walnut Street Winery hosts an open mic at the Rochester venue from 2 to 5 that regularly turns into a cool little jam time.
Then it starts all over again as we roll into the merry month of May-be.
Contact Tom Irwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.