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Thursday, June 29, 2006 10:55 pm

A hodgepodge of heads-ups

The near future is plumb full of live-music goodies

Chloe Day
The near future is plumb full of live-music goodies, starting Friday, June 30, with Dreaming in Colour, a longtime local favorite, back onstage with a performance in the Club Room of the Hoogland Center for the Arts (420 S. Sixth St., 217-523-2787) at 9 p.m. The jazz-fusion combo goes beyond that meager description and enters the intriguing realm of mood-altering music. Also on Friday, Lorenzo Goetz, an eclectic group from Champaign-Urbana that hangs around in an extremely hip soul/rock space, plays Jazz Central Station (700 E. Adams St., 217-789-1530).

Springfield native Jonathan Cour plays the Hoog’s big stage on Saturday, July 1. Cour, who grew up in the capital city and now resides in St. Louis, is doing quite well for himself in the music business, creating a stir with his radio-friendly, nice-guy pop songs. Get your tickets quick — if they’re not sold out by the time you read this — but never fear; plans are in motion for a return gig in the fall.

Chloe Day, an intriguing St. Louis native, has found a niche in the singer/songwriter world as a good-girl-gone-bad in a trippy folk-music kind of way. Her show on Wednesday, July 5, at the Underground City Tavern will be anything but uninteresting. (See the photo for further information.)

On Thursday, July 6, the internationally acclaimed Brave Combo bring its polka-inspired “Summer Dance Party” to the Underground City Tavern for a night of crazed and beautiful, beat-driven, accordion-doused music. Hey, IT’s Dusty Rhodes thinks the Combo is the cat’s meow — and that’s good enough for me.

Next up on the list is a singer/songwriter show at the Loft (620 S. First St., 217-744-3333) on Friday, July 7, featuring Micah Walk and me. (Now how did that get in here?)

What’s this? On Saturday, July 8, Springfield’s very own Taste of Downtown is featuring out-of-town bands! Who the heck has heard of the Derailers or this Big Sandy guy? What’s going on here? As an average Springfieldian, I am outraged and will just have to come down, eat some local food and check out these intruders. My goodness, the next thing you know they’ll be having out-of-town restaurants serving the food. Just kidding, folks.
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