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Thursday, April 28, 2005 11:02 am

music notes 4-28-05

The anticipation is over, and the 2005 Illinois State Fair Grandstand lineup is out. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, our Illinois leader and proud owner of a score of 18 on the ACT, claims the fair staff “has done an excellent job, and “the lineup appeals to a broad range of music fans [and] will not only showcase great bands but the prices are also affordable.” So knowing that we are in good and capable hands, I didn’t even bother looking at the list (Cross Canadian Ragweed is a good band).
The long-awaited, much-anticipated, and hopefully not overrated moment is here: NIL8 is releasing a new CD, aloha means goodbye you filthy explorer. To celebrate this grand and glorious occasion the Williams Brothers are staging a night to remember at Viele’s Planet (126 E. Jefferson St., 525-9029) on Saturday, April 30. All-age critters are invited to a 5 to 9 p.m. show with The Timmys, Resident Genius, and A Dashing Bold Adventure. Card-carrying over-21ers may attend the 10 p.m. gathering that features Fragile Porcelain Mice of St. Louis and The Reputation of Lookout! Records. In a hometown note, Elizabeth Elmore of Rochester fronts The Reputation as key songwriter and in-charge gal. Their latest CD, To Force a Fate, was just released on April 20 and the group is traversing the nation, making the title come true.
The Springfield connection for Leftover Salmon remnants continues as The John McKay Band rolls into Underground City Tavern (700 E. Adams St., 789-1530) on Saturday, April 30. McKay, who has been likened to the rock side of Gram Parsons as a performer and songwriter, brought brother and ex-Salmon Bill McKay along on keyboards. Alabaster Brown, a St. Louis band finding its way in the crowded jam band world, has ex-Springfieldian Nate Parienti as rhythm guitarist and songwriter. The two groups are spending the next few weeks together enjoying the lovely spring weather while touring the Midwest. Opening the show at 9:30 is local singer-songwriter John Brillhart. The lyric-oriented country-folk songster will use Chris Camp and Michael Sullivan as a very capable back-up group.
Come one and all to the Rock & Roll Prom at Project Peace, an all-ages hangout next to Bread Stretchers near Fourth and Monroe. Dress accordingly and have fun with The Locked Sound, Electric Snow, Black Ops, Tears for Deerblood, and Electric Waistband. The party starts at 6 p.m. Please be home on time.
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