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Thursday, April 17, 2003 02:20 pm

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Be on time to hear ’80s classic rock band Late Arrival at the Forty-Niner Bye-Bye, Saturday, April 19, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Easter weekend is at hand. Hop on down to your nearest bar and check out some music. Pan will be grateful for your fun-loving behavior.

The Oohs set up residency at Frankie's, located in the Jewel-Osco Plaza on South Sixth, starting tonight. The kings of Springfield power pop and melodic rock begin a weekly Oohs-a-thon at the popular bar and restaurant, holding court from 8 to 11 p.m. every Thursday. Now you can listen in awe to the incredible musicianship and mind-boggling vocals of the Oohs once a week.

The Underground City Tavern hosts another great singer-songwriter tonight at 8 p.m., when Houston-based artist Eric Taylor graces the stage with ballads and stories worthy of a master. He's one of those guys you've never heard of until you ask the more famous artists who influenced them. Then his name pops up again and again. He influenced Steve Earle when the roots-rocker was a snot-nosed kid, and he was essential to the careers of Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith. Come listen as Taylor weaves tales of the human experience wrapped in the timeless folk music of a Texas songwriter.

If you need some rock, funk, punk, and metal music all at the same time, head over to Viele's Planet on Friday at 10 p.m. for a firecracker of a show. Look out as Lidlifter, NIL8, and Fragile Porcelain Mice all shake the bricks in one night. It will be packed to the gills with fans of these three extremely popular bands sweating, slamming, shaking, and all-around enjoying themselves to the loud and fast, grooving music.

Well, I don't know about you, but doesn't this sound like a recipe for fun? Motorcycles at noon for a dandy show and then Springfield Shaky on stage from 2 to 6 p.m.--all outside in Duffy's parking lot on Saturday. The bar at Laurel and Sixth (formerly George Ranks) is sponsoring the hoopla and Shaky will make it rock, playing the best blues known to the civilized world.

Now return to the Hilton (I know, but they keep having these terrific shows) for an Americana double bill this Saturday night. Tom Russell, a legendary songwriter of the country-folk-Texas genre, performs at 8 p.m. in the Rendezvous Room. Russell and Nanci Griffith were on Late Night With David Letterman last Tuesday, so that tells you he's on the right track. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Sylvia Tyson, k. d. Lang, Guy Clark, Doug Sahm, Suzy Boggus, and many other artists. After 17 albums and a lengthy career, Russell can tell a story in song like few can. Then head downstairs to the Underground City Tavern, where Vancouver rockabilly-jazz-hillbilly hybrid Ray Condo heats up the joint. Sitting in with his fabulous band, the Riccochets, Condo has Jimmy Sutton of Chicago's Four Charms. Wow, that's an action packed night!

Check the calendar for some extra live band excitement this Wednesday, when clubs cash in on the overflow from the annual Secretaries Party. It's always a hoot when the party continues, wherever that may be.

Enjoy the holiday--and the good music too.

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