End of April music
The weather finally decided to act somewhat like April, so our outdoor venues will be kicking into full-on enjoyment mode soon. But music waits for nothing or no one, and, like ol’ man river, “jes’ keeps on rolling along.”
The Curve Inn continues to support a monthly Americana night, and this Thursday brings The Deep Hollow along with singer-songwriter Joshua Reilly and singer Ian Wick to the cozy indoor/outdoor stage in the good and capable hands of sound man Ric Major. Joshua, a former Springfield resident, now lives with his family near Tampa, playing live music and selling his debut album Mercy on the Strange. He hosts a popular songwriter’s night at the Crooked Thumb Brewery in Safety Harbor, Florida, that I was honored to participate in a few weeks ago, along with our musical hero Ken Carlyle. Ian Wick is for sure one of the best singers you’ll ever hear around here, and this is your chance to see him. The Deep Hollow (Micah Walk, Elizabeth Eckert and Dave Littrell) are in the final mix and mastering stage of a new full-length album recorded last spring with Gary Gordon down at Inside Out Studio in Sparta, Illinois. They’re expecting a late summer or early fall release, so be ahead of the curve (at the Curve) and come check out the tunes before the CD is available.
On Friday at Casey’s Pub those wild and crazy cats in X-Krush and Off the Wall are combining forces for what they’re terming a “Krush that Wall” event. The bands will rotate sets every half hour with collective jamming between musicians happening spontaneously for a regular “nonstop music show” of stupendous proportions and unimaginable consequences. Be there or be square, or be both, if you must.
It’s that time of year where we celebrate the spring migration of the Joe(y) Tenuto Band, as the famed father-and-son team, with musicians in tow, comes up from Florida to play the heck out of the area for awhile. This week’s sightings include Third Base on Friday, Kuhl Tyme Korner in Jacksonville on Saturday, Pop’s Place in Decatur on Sunday, The Alamo on Monday, and Trails End in Curran on Wednesday. Then they hightail it to Dubuque, Iowa, before finishing up next Saturday, May 5 at the Keg, and Sunday, May 6 at the Walnut Street Winery for their final local shows of the season. You can always expect a killer electric blues show no matter the time or place when those Tenuto boys hit the stage with guitars in hand and a rockin’ band.
In other blues news, Chris Camp and His Blues Ambassadors hole up at George Rank’s on Saturday just as Black Magic Johnson fortifies the field at the Trading Post Saloon in an epic crosstown blues battle. The MojoCats, simply one of our best and consistently good blues bands, comes out of hibernation with a not-to-be missed Friday evening show at Weebles.
The humble ukulele never really went away after making a big American social splash in the fifties, and now it’s arguably more popular than ever. Find out why on Saturday when nationally known uke player and teacher Marc Revenson (friends call him Lil’ Rev) comes to town for a day of workshops capped by a free public concert at 4 p.m. in the Lyceum Room at the Old State Capitol. Sponsored by Springfield Uketopians, Springfield’s local ukulele enthusiasts, Lil’ Rev’s appearance is part of a multi-state tour by the Wisconsin-based educator and entertainer. Contact Joan Stevens Thome at 741-1566 or email@example.com for more info.
Keep ‘em coming and see you in the month of May-be.