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Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:03 am

LoG in to help out

Barry Cloyd drops into the Walnut Street Winery in Rochester on Friday night to sing some songs from 8 to 11.


Welcome to June of 2017. There’s a lot going on around here, so check out all the stuff in Illinois Times ads, the calendar, Pub Crawl and more. Then see if you can find the time to do it all.

The big news on the music scene this weekend can be nothing but the Legacy of Giving Festival in downtown Springfield on Friday evening and all day and night on Saturday. I won’t even tell you where it is downtown. That way, you can have the fun of listening for the music and following the lovely sounds like a Pied Piper aficionado of rock-n-roll. I will tell you there are 70 acts scheduled on two main and two side stages along with a singer-songwriter stage plus a family area for kids, a vendor fair and plenty of choices for food and drinks in all sizes and flavors, including those of the alcoholic kind. It’ll cost you only five bucks to get in, with all the proceeds getting spread out among some 10 local charities.

This is the first year under the new name of Legacy of Giving (LoG is a reference to Abe the Railsplitter, I believe) rather than the SOHO title of the last several years, but the basic idea is the same in allowing for mostly original music bands to display their wares on a big soundstage in front of (hopefully) thousands of people, all in the name of a good time for a good cause. I’ve played many of the SOHO events and saw firsthand how much goes into the whole process of making an independent music festival happen. That only makes the continued success through the transformation all the more sweet and satisfying to see. They are good to go, so do good and go there.

Even though the LoG fest dominates the scene, there are plenty of other activities in the music world happening this weekend. In fact, with all the interest in the festival, traffic increases at other venues because more folks are just plain out and about, not only downtown. Friday again makes a strong showing, starting with Barry Cloyd making his way down from Peoria to play his Americana roots blend of good songs done well (including originals and some classics) on his faithful guitar and banjo at the Walnut Street Winery. For something completely different, head over to Third Base as Brian Graham (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ed Halerewicz (lead guitar), Kevin Dunkel (bass) and Donnie Dobbins (drums) become The Phantom Lordz and perform nothing but songs from the first three classic Metallica albums. You could get out of town and head to the Coyote Den in Salisbury for a check in with Bitter Creek Crossing. The trio features local singer-songwriter Carl Long (guitar, vocals), jazzman Frank Trompeter (sax, vocals) and Tanya Cox (vocals, percussion) doing plenty of originals plus “a wide swatch of different genres,” including songs by artists such as Vince Gill, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Gladys Knight, Dwight Yoakam and Cake.

For something fun for the whole family, even if you’re a family of one, try the Little Flower Heritage Days Summer Fest for a good dose of homegrown bands. Friday features Groove Daddies and After Sunset while Saturday brings The Mix and Off the Wall and Sunday gives us Juke House. There’s a boatload of classic Springfield food concessions, cold beer, a kid’s area and plenty of fine people having a whale of a time. This marks the 13th year the festival has functioned at Little Flower.

My, oh my, how the time does fly when trying to list even a few of the many things to do.

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