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Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:03 am

Explosive scenario

Jimmy Riemer joins Dave Littrell and Micah Walk at Danenberger Family Vineyards on Sunday, July 23, from 2 to 5pm.


This weekend the scene explodes, and I don’t know which way to go. All one can do is list as many happenings as possible that might slip under the radar and hope for the best.

On Friday, singing sensation and Springfield-area native Kelsey Hickman returns to central Illinois as a special guest at the Granger Smith concert during the Menard County Fair. Folks around here will remember her as a teenage singer tearing it up with Still Kickin’ and other local groups. A Nashville, Tennessee, resident for a few years now, she plays regularly at the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge while continuing to build, work and dream up a life of making music matter.

This weekend, there’s a double dose of interesting music out at the West of Wise Winery near Petersburg. On Friday, the regular music series hosts the Kneller Band, a music venture from a brother-sister team that adds acoustic twists to pop genres. Saturday brings Scriptkiddie, a hot dang trio from Nashville, self-described as “a little west of country,” which seems to fit nicely into a world “west of wise.”

On Saturday night, the Hoogland Center for the Arts presents Jason Petty in “Hank and My Honky Tonk Heroes.” For his musical tribute to Hank Williams Sr., or as I like to call him, Hank the Great, Petty spent eight years researching his Hank-ness. The music of the show, performed by a traditional classic country band, covers early influences of Hank and the country music stars who followed in his very large and looming footsteps.

Happy birthday to local comedian Bob Eskew, aka Buddah, as he celebrates 10 years in comedy and 55 years on earth with his “Old Man Birthday Comedy Show” at Capital City Bar & Grill on Saturday night. Comedy performers include Kathy Zeman, a single mom/paralegal from St. Louis, along with Trey Eilers and Scotty Harris, a couple of funny guys from Virginia, Illinois. After hitting the show business road early on, Buddah Bob now spends his time close to home, working with aspiring comedians and hosting comedy nights. Back at Cap City for his monthly comedy show on July 29, hosted by award-winning radio talk show personality Jim Leach, Buddah features Jeremy Nunes, a Midwest touring comic heard on Sirius radio.

On Sunday at Weebles from 1 to 7 p.m., join us for a benefit fundraiser for longtime Springfield resident and drummer Denby Glossop. In April of 2016, the mighty Den was seriously injured in a car accident and now could use some help to make ends meet. Musical guests and good friends include Ed Halerewicz, The Loops, Royal Pain and, of course, RockHouse. Denby’s famous chocolate chip cookies will be available (personally tested by our late buddy Raoul who would have been a year older on July 18), plus a raffle that includes a 50/50 drawing, a Fender guitar and other cool stuff. You are more than welcome to bring along any raffle items for the benefit of Mr. Glossop. He thanks you.

Also on Sunday, Danenberger Family Vineyards near New Berlin hosts a special show for a gifted, talented and much appreciated local musician who is off to college in a few weeks. Jimmy Riemer joins Dave Littrell and Micah Walk for his last local gig before heading for Athens, Georgia, to study business. At age 12, Jimmy began taking guitar lessons from Micah (let that be a lesson) and has been a fixture around town, playing solo and with bands for a while now. Come wish him well. I’m betting he’ll be on a bill in Athens in no time.

Look for mucho more listings in the Pub Crawl and Community Calendar.

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