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Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:03 am

Mid-May music making

Livin’ Thing performs a set of Black Sabbath songs during the Black Sheep Cover Show 6.5 at Bar None on Thursday night.


Things are heating up weather-wise and in live music functions. All the outdoor venues are in full swing with the out-of-doors music festivals coming your way. Yippee!

Thursday comes but once a week, and this one has a once in a lifetime (but seriously, folks … think about it, isn’t everything?) show happening at Bar None. It’s called Black Sheep Cover Show 6.5 and gives you three Springfield bands covering their favorite hit artists, complete with sights, sounds, cacophony and costumes. This concert was also performed last Saturday as a raving success at Black Sheep Cafe and includes the same lineup for the Thursday night Bar None gig with Livin’ Thing as Black Sabbath, MilesTshirtsDotcom as Weezer and Gutterpriest as Divine. I’m sure the bands will be very suave about it all, but remind yourself of the huge amount of work that goes into learning all the songs and the moves for a one-time (or two) show. Show business is a lot of work.

The downtown landscape is dominated this weekend by the world-famous and long-running Old Capitol Art Fair. I hear there is something about some artists displaying works of art or something like that, but remember, all we care about is live music, and there is a terrific lineup this year. On Saturday, starting at 10 in the morning, the list includes Stone & Snow, MoSo, The Deep Hollow and Edward David Anderson. Sunday’s lineup is just as good, also starting at 10 in the morning, and includes That Ol’ Coondog, Ben Bedford, The Blue G’s and Fireside Relics. Nearly all these artists have an online presence, plus the hippest thing happening has most of the acts doing original music, or, at the minimum, cover music in an original way. Several artists have CD’s for sale including The Blue G’s just-released record, the Fireside Relics album from earlier in the spring, the already classic album from The Deep Hollow, and Ben Bedford’s internationally acclaimed 2016 release. Then, to top it off, Bloomington’s Edward David Anderson, an alumni of Backyard Tire Fire and Magic Box, brings a lifetime of making original music to the stage along with a good collection of mighty fine, recently produced CD’s. Now let’s just hope it doesn’t rain … very much, anyway.

Friday gives us a classic blues show when the Quique Gómez Band plays the “Blues at the Base” music series at 8 p.m. at Third Base Sportsbar. Quique is back touring in the U.S. from his home country of Spain, and he’s still blisteringly beautiful on his harmonica sounds and intensely intricate on his vocals. The band lineup is phenomenal, featuring Fast Frank on guitar, Bob Stroger on bass and Stephen Dougherty on drums. Bob is a legend on the bass with a pedigree befitting of an 86-year-old musician still on the move after of lifetime of heavy involvement in the blues world. It’s easier to list who he hasn’t played with, but here are a few of the heavyweights Bob has strapped on his Fender bass for: Eddie King, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Eddy Clearwater, Sunnyland Slim and Louisiana Red. Thanks to Rockin’ Johnny Burgin for the tip on this one.

 For some Saturday night excitement, Exit 52 (that’s Litchfield, on I-55, for you wise guys) returns to the nightlife with a gig at the Curve Inn from 6 to 10 p.m. Jaigh Lowder and Jill Manning play original acoustic songs in a brash and beautiful way at It’s All About Wine while Mark Mills hits the Walnut Street Winery with renditions of cuts from his latest CD.

There are many more where those came from, all in our Pub Crawl for you to peruse.

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