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Thursday, May 19, 2005 03:37 am

music notes 5-19-05

In Springfield, beer gardens are like the famed Midwest morel mushrooms: they’re hard to find, pop up in the spring, and become no good when it gets too hot outside. Drop by the Alamo (115 N. Fifth St., 523-1455) for a garden full of music every Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. beginning with the blues grooves of Black Magic Johnson on May 20. Crack a cold one, let the sun shine in, and soak up the music.
Looking for a summertime Sunday evening jazz jam? Why sure you are! Now get yourself over to Gabatoni’s Restaurant (300 E. Laurel St., 522-0371) from 7 to 10 and hang with Eddie and Judy Howard. The Peoria musicians are hosting the get-together featuring area players on a who-knows-who’ll-show basis that is sure to attract a passel of jazz cats looking to throw down the riffs.
In more Sunday night fun, Posamist is starting a run at the Firehouse (430 E. Monroe St., 522-1717) from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The group, fronted by Joe Frew, comes very highly regarded by our local music authorities. In fact, these sources liked the band both for their music as well as their important ability to attract females. Isn’t that wonderful?
X-Krush, inside sources say, is currently the hottest hard rock/metal band in east central Illinois. Come and judge for yourself as Mikey and Smash from WQLZ host the loud and the proud, Friday night at Karma (625 N. First St., 522-1907) starting around 9 p.m.
Congratulations to Josh Reilly and Matt Meinert for a year of hosting the Tuesday night Acoustic Open Mic at the Underground City Tavern (700 E. Adams St., 789-1530). They deserve a pat on the back plus an ice-cold bottle of Stag for dealing with all the shenanigans an open stage can deliver. Here’s to you, fellas. Bottoms up!
This Friday, May 20, Razin’ Kane, Springfield’s finest purveyors of smooth jazz, make a too-rare local appearance. Catch them from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Jazz Central Station (700 E. Adams St., 789-1530) high atop the mighty Hilton and experience some of the finest musicians in town getting down.
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