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Thursday, May 12, 2005 07:50 am

music notes 5-12-05

The Forty-Niner Bye-Bye (518 Bruns Lane, 787-4937) has a long and storied past in Springfield bar history. Now new owners are celebrating the next chapter in the colorful tale of the historic libation dispenser. Groove Daddies, a local band with quite a storied past of their own, have been chosen to herald in the new era during a grand reopening on Saturday, May 14, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The blues are calling. Can’t you hear them howl? They’re saying, “I don’t know how you are going to do it, but you must see both the Last Chance Blues Band at Spillway Lanes Lounge (1025 Outer Park Dr., 546-5221) and Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors at Starship Billiards (2301 Stevenson Dr., 585-8888) on Saturday, May 14.” Timing is everything, and this can, no it must, be done — and you the ever-intrepid and extremely resourceful blues music fan will find a way to take in both shows. The blues rush continues on Monday when Catfish and the Sharks take the floor at the Alamo (115 N. Fifth St., 523-1455) for the Illinois Central Blues Club’s Blue Monday Jam. As always, for more than 20 years, the show starts at 8:30 and the cover is a buck.
For those of you saying it’s always the same old thing in Springpatch, try this reality situation: Matt over at Karma Nightclub (625 N. First, 522-1907) has booked MTV & National Lampoon Productions’ Reality Bar Crawl. The show, hosted by Puck and Katie Doyle from the Real World, brings the bar scene to reality television. Somehow while traversing this great country of ours city by city, they found time for us on Saturday, May 14, from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. Dress for excess: a live film crew will be on hand, tempting unusual behavioral antics by those craving a possible appearance on national television. Get the rest of the story at www.realitybarcrawl.com
We send a rousing happy birthday out to one of Springfield’s most popular bartenders, Morris Cooper of the Brewhaus and Floyd’s Thirst Parlor. The Mo-Man celebrates his 34 years on glorious planet Earth at the Brewhaus (617 E. Washington St., 525-6399) with friends, family, and others, beginning about 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. Black Magic Johnson provides the music and kicks off the event with a tantalizing performance of Tiny Bubbles — a long-requested, favorite tune of Cooper’s.
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