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Thursday, April 5, 2018 12:03 am

April music showers

The Frank Trompeter Trio hosts the Slammin’ Jazz Jam Thursday, April 5, from 7-10pm, at 411 Bar & Grill.


As we roll the rock into the first full weekend of April, there’s music-making galore, coming in all shapes and sizes to fit all needs and desires.

Start your weekly music mission off with a bang and a visit to The Alamo on Thursday for the jamming reggae-blues sounds of Aaron Kamm & the One Drops. Well-known as a tip-top band in the St. Louis area, they say they deliver an “intoxicating concoction of Roots Reggae and Mississippi River Blues,” and I think that’s a fine description of a band that melds genres into a mighty mess of marvelous music. In recognition of this mash-up and the band’s ability to mix it up, after a blues night at The Alamo, they play RIBCO in Rock Island on Friday and Reggie’s in Chicago on Saturday, all set to satisfy different crowds with differing music expectations. While you’re downtown at The Alamo, take a stroll around the corner and head west on Washington to 411 Bar & Grill and check out the Slammin’ Jazz Jam with the Frank Trompeter Trio, including Chris Miller on keys and Rob Killam on bass. Frank hosts the wild and crazy jazzy-jam on the first Thursday of each month, so here’s your big chance to experience the chill tunes and join in if you want.

Friday gives us a nice assortment of music with the Steve Adelman Quartet doing amazing jazz-jive in the early evening at Robbie’s, the Mary Jo Curry Band blasting out the blues at Long Bridge, Tom Beverly with Positively 4th Street performing well-crafted originals, dandy Bob Dylan covers and other cool stuff at the Butternut Hut, and The Kitchens singing up a storm at Always After Five. It’s a special night at Bar None as local songwriters treat the world to the good work they’ve accomplished by wiling away the hours honing melodies and words into songs. The lineup of Kate Laine and Arlin Peebles along with Alice Currie, Ellyn Thorson and Erin Darnell should keep the folks mightily entertained with a high level of creativity on the stage. Right across the street at Craft Beer Bar, the trio of Larson, Larson & Harte jams up and down the music way, bringing a pile of good songs done well to the window performance area of the corner bar.

On Saturday our entertainment is definitely on the move with a bunch of locals headed out of town to some venues and towns you may not have heard of before, such as Tennessee Borderline at Poker’s in Bluffs, White Lightnin’ Band at Wallace’s Trading Post in Oakford, and Ransom at Kesterson’s Good Times, Inc. in Virginia. More familiar places and faces include The ColdPeppers at Sheedy Shores Winery near Loami, Wolf Crick Boys at Mama Lee’s Sandbar near Mechanicsburg, Tom Irwin and the Hayburners at Hand of Fate on the square in Petersburg, Chris Bradley at Walnut Street Winery in Rochester, and Rowdy Jones at Danenberger Family Vineyards near New Berlin. If you decide to stay in town, enticing options are Sunshine Daydream at the Brewhaus, performing one of the best Grateful Dead tributes you’ll see anywhere, Astrofix zooming into the round room at George Rank’s, the Unemployed Architects going to work at the Trading Post, and Casey Cantrall bringing it all back home at It’s All About Wine.

Moving on to the Sunday Funday happenings, it looks like the former day of rest has exploded into an ambitious purveyor of live music this week, so I am going to leave all decisions in that department up to you and your friendly Illinois Times “Pub crawl.”

Dear April: Please leave the snow alone and stick to showers. A friend.

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