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Thursday, March 29, 2018 12:03 am

Let’s march into April

Dan Hubbard plays Craft Beer Bar on Friday, March 30, at 8pm.

 

We are now wiping our hands of March and moving into April this weekend, whether you like it or not. And, yes, April Fools’ Day is on Easter in 2018, so make of that what you will. In the meantime, the music marches on into the misty mountains of mysterious makings.

It looks like what the Christians call Good Friday is turning out to indeed be a really, really good Friday as Dan Hubbard, our friend from Bloomington, plays the Craft Beer Bar. Dan makes the music thing happen for him through traveling and networking while playing excellent songs with amazing depth. If you’re not familiar with his work (Dan headlined at SOHO some years ago with his backing band, The Humadors), go to his website at http://DanHubbard.net and take a look and listen to footage of a January 2018 performance at the House of Blues in Chicago. You will be justly rewarded. Over at George Ranks, covering my Friday show while I’m gigging in the Tampa area, Nate Parienti is back in town to collaborate with Casey Cantrall and others for a night of Dead-influenced jams and tunes, with some other fine, long and strange-trip stuff as well. Play on, brothers.

For Friday solo-acoustic acts, Dyllan Martin knocks out songs at the Trading Post Saloon and Taylor June does it up at Always After Five. Robbie’s has a real treat for you as Frankly Speaking with Kevin Ellis takes the early evening shift in the long-running music series. Kapital Sound brings a trunk of funk and a whole lot of soul out to the Curve Inn, and you know dang well Skip will have them dialed in like nobody’s business. The infamous glove comes out of the mothballs as the Lazer Dudes return to their home stage at Bar None, joined by bands Attic Salt and Rather Dashing for a guaranteed, rocking show of shows. Add in all the other wonderful entertainment around town and that’s plenty enough for a very good Good Friday.

Saturday brings an assortment of goodies, including The Suburban Mystics at Lime Street Café, who are also playing there on Friday night. Jamie Merideth and Astrofix slide into the Walnut Street Winery in Rochester with hip covers and spot-on originals, while Double Shot doubles down at Weebles on Peoria Road. Buckhart Road drives the original songs of Marty and Tom straight home with a night at It’s All About Wine, while Dave Littrell and Ian Wick do up the Trading Post with lots of nifty, familiar and friendly music.

On Saturday at Third Base Sports Bar, world-reknowned guitarist, producer and famed sideman Paul Nelson graces the “Blues at the Base” night. Nelson worked with Johnny Winter on the record Step Back and received a Grammy for his efforts. He’s also shared the stage with everyone who’s anyone, including Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, Joe Bonamassa, Dr. John and many more. His latest project on Sony Records, Badass Generation, brings the blues into another dimension, worthy of a world-class, highly respected musician. Did I mention this guy is at Third Base on Saturday night?

According to our Pub Crawl pages, there’s not much going on this Sunday other than some sweet music by Angel Brown during the Lime Street Cafe brunch and solo acoustic songs sung by Jerry Setnicky in the afternoon at Mama Lee’s Sandbar near Mechanicsburg. Now, I’m not sure if that is an April Fools’ Day prank on our part or a booking decision by those in charge of our Sunday Funday happenings, but that’s a decision for you to make.

Have a hoppy Easter and an awesome April Fools’ Day!

Tom Irwin can be reached at
tirwin@illinoistimes.com.

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