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Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 02:32 pm

End of the year roundup

Chloe Day at UCT, Sandbox 101’s farewell, and Sam Crain at The Loft

Chloe Day

Chloe Day, a St. Louis native now residing in LA, first performed in Springfield back in July, at the Underground City Tavern, to a, shall we say, less-than-capacity crowd. I watched those patrons who were fortunate enough to attend the show (or, more likely, who were just hanging out in the bar) become mesmerized by the alluring concoction of acoustic folk-pop and trip-hop electronica emanating from the stage. Toss in the fact that Day is a really nice person, sincerely and wholeheartedly pursuing a career in music the old-fashioned way — through live shows, radio interviews, and record-store concerts — and you’ve got the real thing. She’s a unique talent — provocative, stimulating, and well worth a look and listen at 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Underground City Tavern (700 E. Adams St., 217-789-1530).

Farewell Sandbox 101. The boys in the ’Box play their last show 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at the Trading Post Saloon (731 S. Durkin Dr., 217-787-8434). The handsome and daring quartet came on strong in 2006 and will no doubt end with a blast and a bang. Sandbox 101’s song list mixed a wide variety of rock covers, both classic and current, that appealed to a diverse audience of all ages. Please stop by and personally deliver your condolences and congratulations.

While we’re handing out directions for where to go and what to do, why not stop by the Loft (620 S. First St., 217-744-3333) between 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, for a holiday visit with Springfield’s premier jazz guitarist, Sam Crain, and his tasteful trio? Then go wild and spend some of that Christmas gift money on Crain’s latest CD or go all-out and buy his whole discography, if you dare.

No discussion of Springfield’s New Year’s Eve celebrations would be complete without a mention of the fabulous First Night festivities. Bravo to the community, sponsors, and organizers as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of First Night in Springfield.Don’t forget, this will be the first smoke-free New Year’s Eve in the history of the Springfield bar scene. Wow. Doesn’t it just take your breath away?

The obvious big event takes place in the Orr Building, on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, starting at 7:30 p.m., and features the Station, the Micah Walk Band, and Down Lo, representing the best of the new generation of all-around getting-it-done local musicians. As for the rest of the NYE scene, if you want it, you can find it. Bands are playing bars all over town, performing blues, rock, and jazz, covers and originals. DJs, open mics, karaoke, comedians, and who knows what else fill the remaining venues.

Enjoy yourself. I’ll see you next year.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.

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