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Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005 02:59 pm

Hog heaven for Halloweeners

Plenty of devilish doings on the local music scene this weekend

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Kick off the Halloween weekend at Andiamo’s Cellar, 206 S. Sixth St., with a spooky presentation of “Frank’s Funky Filmstrips.” Area musician Frank Trompeter will show his eclectic collection of odd bits of old films for children of all ages, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. The granddaddy of all local Halloween bashes is Hobgoblinspookadelic, the annual NIL8-headlined show at Viele’s Planet, 126 E. Jefferson St. An all-ages gathering runs 5-9 p.m., and the adult entertainment begins around 10. Be forewarned, though: It’s time for . . . the return of the sock monster (go get ’em, Tiger).
The Station and Three Amigos jam the Rendezous Room in the Hilton, 700 E. Adams St., attempting, as drummer Dave Carter puts it, “to try and bridge the gap between a concert and a bar show.” In both a trick and a treat, the Station will perform the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. No word on whether they’ll dress the part. Speaking of dressed-up performers, Elvis Himselvis (always in a jumpsuit) shakes up the Brewhaus, and the Brat Pack (clad in ’80s garb, of course) whips it good in the Grand Ballroom in the Hilton. Must be nice to already have a costume. Hot Property supplies the music for the Firefighters’ Club Holloween (I have no idea why it’s spelled like that) party on Lake Springfield, and the Originals Series at the Hoogland Center for Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., features Senses, the Easily Amused Teen Comedy Troupe, the Jill Manning Group, and the art of Ashley Thompson. For a night of devilish dichotomy, a Dr. Disco-and-Mr. Hick kind of thing, head downtown to Catch 22, 11 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, for the big-beat DJ stuff, then visit the L&L Stockyards (formerly Billy’s), 3045 Sangamon Ave., and do some boot-scootin’ boogieing to Still Kick’n. The Springfield Jazz Society holds its second annual Jack-O-Lantern Jam, 4-7 p.m. Sunday, at Robbie’s, 4 S. Old State Capitol Plaza. The host band is Bob Katt and the Missing Lynx. Wear a costume and bring a musician. If none of this is scary enough for you, wait for Halloween proper, when Club 217, 3075 Normandy Rd., hosts a metal-music festival featuring the terrifying talents of Field of Gray, Shattermask, Midshift, and Ozland. Try trick-or-treating these guys — I dare you. Happy Halloweening.
Unless otherwise mentioned, all shows are on Saturday, Oct. 29. See Pub Crawl (as in “the worms crawl out”) for all the gory details.
They’re hot. They’re smoking. They’re lighting up the neighborhood. It’s Backyard Tire Fire, burning rubber to Marly’s Pub (9 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-522-2280) at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Since first hitting Springfield a couple of years ago, the scorching trio has toured the country at an alarming rate while progressing as a band at about the same velocity. Bar Room Semantics, released in January 2005, has garnered good reviews and placed the band in the same arena as the likes of the Drive By Truckers and MOFRO.

Still another excellent band is playing this weekend at Marly’s, obviously Springfield’s newest hot spot for up-and-coming traveling bands. On Friday, Oct. 28, Stone Cat — a St. Louis-based group that draws a bigger crowd with every show — takes the corner stage. The group has a rocking original set and tosses in Led Zeppelin, Heart, and Guns ‘n Roses covers as necessary to keep that burgeoning crowd interested and coming back for more.

Susan Gibson, who wrote the huge Dixie Chicks hit “Wide Open Spaces,” rolls into Elkhart’s Talk of the Town (115 Governor Oglesby St., 217-947-2770) on Friday, Oct. 28. In the merry land of celebrated songwriters down Austin, Texas, way, the singing songwriter is known for her many other wonderful songs and cheery personality.

Bread Stretchers (322 E. Monroe St., 217-753-3366), a mild-mannered sub shop by day, is transformed into a rock & roll venue with a wild and crazy (in a good way, parents) all-ages show at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Join Hellfire Trigger, the Timmys, the Gunga Dins (hey, I thought you guys broke up), and Pound for Pound as they get out in that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans.

Harmonica players of all skill levels take note: Harp masters Dennis Gruenling and Richard Sleigh have agreed to host a workshop in Springfield on Jan. 30. If you’re interested in perfecting that tongue-blocking technique, visit the Illinois Central Blues Club Web site, www.icbluesclub.org, and e-mail a board member soon so that promoters can gauge the local level of interest.
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