now playing 6-30-05
Observe Independence Day in fine fashion by going downtown, out of town, or uptown; or head for the lake or a warehouse; or go flying; or remain on the ground. Wherever you go, be sure to join your fellow Americans in celebrating freedom by eating to excess, listening to music, and watching rockets burst in the air.
Tony Turasky recently turned the former P.J.’s Lounge in Dawson into a steakhouse featuring live entertainment. From 2 p.m.-midnight on Sunday, July 3, he’s hosting an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration with pretend gunslingers, real fireworks, and music all day on the outdoor stage. Performers include Elvis Himselvis, Prairie Rose, Old Train with Luke Turasky, and recent Illinois Times cover boy Lyman Ellerman of Nashville (formerly Riverton) with his new band, Shadow Road.
For fireworks and music, nothing beats the celebration on Capitol Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets. Sponsored by the Springfield Jaycees, the city of Springfield, and Clear Channel Radio, this big-time event features the Lost Boys, who will revisit the big-hair ’80s at 8 p.m. July 3; and modern-country band City Limits at 6 p.m. on the Fourth. Fireworks begin at dusk on the grounds of the Capitol. All proceeds and profits are returned to the community throughout the year by the good works of the Jaycees. Is this a great country, or what?
Out on Lake Springfield, the Springfield Firefighters Lake Club hosts its first Blues and Bar-B-Que Festival on July 3, with Frank Herrin’s Blues Power playing outside, 6-10 p.m., and the Sofa Kings inside, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. If I’ve got this right, the firefighters are red, the music is blue, and the meat on the menu — chicken and pork — is white. How’s that for showing your nationalistic spirit?
If you’ve got a hankering to leave our fair city for the big birthday party, Fair St. Louis boasts one of the largest fireworks displays in the country and an immense and diverse music selection, downtown on the St. Louis riverfront. And Milwaukee hosts Summerfest, the largest Midwest music festival of the year.
Hope you have a blast.