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Thursday, April 21, 2005 04:34 am

music notes 4-21-05

Fans of contemporary rock and metal should be thrilled about this Low as I Friday night show at Viele’s Planet (126 E. Jefferson St., 525-9029). The local group recently toured briefly with platinum-selling act Saliva. Now with the major label band on hiatus, drummer Paul Crosby formed Solace for Now with old buddies and bandmates from his hometown of Memphis, Tenn., and has graciously stopped by for a Springfield show. Nevyd’s Krest and State of Mind help fill up the 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. time slot. Low as I and Solace for Now also perform at My Way Pub (107 Douglas St., Pawnee, 625-8488) at 8 p.m. on Thursday for a special acoustic show.
They’re back. The John Wilde Group once of Liverpool, England, now working steadily in the Land of Lincoln, plays Saturday night at the Trading Post Saloon, (731 S. Durkin Dr., 787-8434) from 9 to 1. After a pleasant business trip through the Southeast and Texas, the Brits are hanging out in town, picking up gigs, and enjoying the hospitality of the locals. The drummer may look different, but you know what those long, strange trips can do to a musician.
We’ve been hearing great things about two out-of-town live music nightclubs and it just so happens both bars are having bands this weekend. The Eldorado Bowl (1234 W. Eldorado Ave., 428-8631), an old converted bowling alley, features Jack Flash on Friday and Hot Property on Saturday. The bar is called End Zone and you’ll find it by heading east to neighboring Decatur, the soy capital of the world. The City’s Sports Pub & Grill (219 S. Main St., 243-1212) is the new kid in downtown Jacksonville. Check out Hot Property (they’re everywhere) on Friday and The Low Down Blues Band on Saturday, both play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Please join Springfield Shaky for his birthday celebration. The reigning Blues King of the capital city begins on Thursday at Café Kanichi-Wa (1117 S. Grand Ave. E., 544-3500) from 7 p.m. to God knows when. The official b-day party, featuring his honor’s Whorehouse Band, starts around 9 p.m. Friday, also at the Café K. Take a break, then rejoin the commemoration from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the café for the Illinois Central Blues Club’s Sunday Shuffles. The party wraps up Monday at the ICBC’s Blue Monday jam at the Alamo (115 N. Fifth St., 523-1455), around 8:30. Whoopee!
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