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Thursday, March 10, 2005 03:54 am

music notes 3-10-05

Everyone wish a happy birthday to the Illinois Central Blues Club as it commemorates two decades in the blues society business. The ICBC, one of the senior blues associations in the nation, is celebrating in grand style with the Larry Taylor Blues Band of Chicago, featuring slide guitarist Tom Holland. Taylor plays traditional postwar Chicago electric blues along with ’60s and ’70s good-time soul music. The party happens at Starship Billiards (2301 Stevenson Dr., 585-8888) on Friday, March 11, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
But wait, that’s not all for the not-quite-drinking-age blues club anniversary hoopla. At 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, the Sonny Rhodes Blues Band, featuring our own Bill Evans, leads ICBC’s annual celebration of the life of blues legend Eddie Snow. The birthday party for the late Springfield blues man, held at the Alamo (115 N. Fifth St., 523-1455), is always a special gathering of players and admirers taking time to remember and pay their respects to a truly wonderful man and musician.
Who says there is no hip-hop scene in Springfield? Don’t tell that to 95 Mental. The ubiquitous local rappers are extending an invitation to “come flex your skillz on da mic” at an Open Mic Hip-Hop Nite at Two Olives and a Pepper (107 W. Cook St., 241-1027) on Saturday, March 12, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. After the amateur hour, hang for the Mental Crew’s performance of songs from their new CD, Physical Capitol.
Say it ain’t so, Joe! Original members of Big Fur will re-unite for the first and last time this Friday, March 11, around 9:30 p.m. at Mojo’s (225 E. Monroe St., 544-3400). The more-popular-than-ever pop group has survived a few personnel changes through the years, but these guys started it all. Camron Yates, the ever-so-large Fur-sters first guitarist, now plays for Enamel, the central Illinois “smart rock” band headlining the bar concert.
Prisms Bar (2143 N. 11th St., 525-6717) hosts a rare live music night at 8 p.m. Monday, March 11, with L.P., a rockin’ girl with a killer band and a great attitude. Her latest CD, Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol, is a pounding fury full of great songs and tight playing. Lyrics from the title cut offer us this: “When you can’t remember and you can’t forget/And you want to change/But you haven’t yet.” Sound familiar, anyone?
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