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Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:03 am

June is jumping

The Curve Inn hosts the Showtime Shane Fundraiser from 2 to 8pm on Sunday, June 17 for the daughters and family of Shane M. Shomidie.


Here comes the ides of June on Friday along with Father’s Day on Sunday and a plain-old Saturday sandwiched in between, all filled with glorious and wonderful live music to share.

Let’s go straight to Sunday when the Curve Inn hosts a tribute to Shane Shomidie on Father’s Day from 2 to 8 p.m. in the form of a benefit for his daughters, Lola and Baelynn, ages 3 and 9. We lost Shane, the son of Springfield musician Micky Shomidie, in a tragic accident on the Sangamon River, and now Shane’s friends and family come together to make music, share stories, and aid the Shomidie children (check with INB to donate to the Shane M. Shomidie Family Trust). Bands donating their time include Rockhouse, Girl-A-Thon, Hurricane Ruth, Off the Wall and Lick Creek, plus a House of Nasty reunion and a tribute to Shane by Meezy Killafield and Pytch Wyte. There will also be a live and silent auction, a 50/50 drawing and a memorial run, all for this event which is officially called the “Showtime Shane Fundraiser” after Shane’s professional performance name.

Micky described Shane as “always reaching for the stars and not afraid to make sacrifices” in order to achieve his life goals and dreams. That sounds a bit like someone we all know, Micky. Shane, a nationally-acclaimed, professional martial arts competitor and member of the National Guard, was also a performer, songwriter and musician. His recently-recorded album, currently receiving its final production touches, will be released in the coming months. It is titled The Reincarnation. Our condolences to the Shomidie family, and may Shane live on in our lives forever.

It’s the second Thursday of the month and that means a “Music at the Museum” date with host Chris Vallillo. June’s offering is a northern Minnesota duo called Pushing Chain who fancy themselves as a “Folky-Tonk” hybrid, bringing together old-style country with a folk twist, all performed on guitar and fiddle. Chris also hosts the Hickory Ridge monthly concert series at the Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewiston. This Saturday features old-time blues fingerpicking stylist Andy Cohen, who I can vouch for as an amazing conduit of the style most familiar to us, exemplified by artists such as Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt. Andy made the rounds in meeting and performing with the last generation of great blues players – most notably Honeyboy Edwards – in his later years.

On Friday Bar None hosts a diverse set of original bands, melding Wolf Crick Boys, Los Injectors and Chris Sorenson Project into a one-night-only “extravaganza” of gargantuan proportions. Saturday night is alright at Bar None when Go! Tsunami does a CD release party for their latest, A Day at the Beach, with Whiskey Shadows, special musical guests from Champaign. Outside in the BoS Center’s plaza area, Springfield welcomes a full-scale, old-school concert with Gin Blossoms and opening acts Tonic and Vertical Horizon.

On Sunday in Father’s Day activities concerning fathers and sons, Tom Beverly and Tom Beverly (appearing as the musical group Chatham Road) roll into 3Sixteen in Chatham. Rockin’ Johnny Burgin continues his Springfield tour with a show outside at Boone’s Saloon from 4 to 7. I get to accompany Johnny on bass, and we’ll feature my son Owen Irwin on electric guitar and my son John playing piano and singing his own tunes, as well. Jimmy Riemer keeps on his college summer fun tour with an afternoon performance at Danenberger Family Vineyards, and my money says his dad will be there in the audience to cheer him on.

Happy Father’s Day, and happy everyday to everyone!

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