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Thursday, April 12, 2007 01:41 am

Seven days to live

Here’s a capital city pub crawl to beat all pub crawls

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Tom Russell
Untitled Document Here are my suggestions for a weeklong binge of live music. Start at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, with a visit to the lovely Inn at 835, on South Second Street, and listen to the delightful sounds of the Angel Brown Band. At 9 p.m., head to the Underground City Tavern for a show by singer/songwriter Noah Earle, from outside Columbia, Mo., and our very own Ben Bedford. Earle is wild, witty, and wonderful — a fine lyricist and a splendid folk/blues guitarist who recently placed first as a solo performer in the Kansas City Blues Challenge. Bedford’s latest CD, Lincoln’s Man, earned him a spot at a songwriter retreat in Sweden this May, with a seven-show tour of Denmark and Sweden booked directly after the retreat. Friday evening around 6, come say hi to me and Bill and Raoul at Floyd’s Thirst Parlor. I know it’s shameless self-promotion, but what the heck, it doesn’t happen very often. Then take off for the Loft to check out the Oohs, a great rock band complete with stellar local musicians, glorious four-part harmonies, dynamite original tunes, and unbelievable classic covers.
Saturday night, you’re faced with tough entertainment choices. New Orleans transplant and Springfield’s reigning funky music-meister, Roger Kimball, brings his brilliant band of hometown heroes to Jazz Central Station at 9 p.m. Thornhill, which packed ’em in for a recent CD-release show at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, rocks out at Newt’s from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Craig Russo’s Latin Jazz Project returns to the Loft, getting started at 8:30 p.m. You get to be the decider. On Sunday, rest is out of the question. Award-winning, truly famous Americana songwriters Tom Russell and Gretchen Peters perform at Turner Hall in Mount Olive (217-999-7674) at 6 p.m. Ed Becker, a longtime friend of Russell’s and co-host of Songwriters Showcase on community-radio station KDHX (88.1 FM) in St. Louis, set up the show to catch the touring musicians as they pass through central Illinois on the way to Kansas City. Simultaneously the Springfield Jazz Society hosts its Third Sunday series at the VFW on Old Jacksonville Road, with Real Time, a groovy jazz/blues trio, as musical guests. There’s plenty of dance-floor space in this venue. On Monday, stop by the Brewhaus at 6 p.m. for the Jambalaya Jam, a tasteful jazz open stage hosted by the talented Frank Parker. Then saunter on over to the Alamo about 8:30 p.m. for a blistering night of blues jams by local stars Suzy and the Smokers at the Illinois Central Blues Club’s weekly gathering. Take Tuesday off and rest up a bit. You deserve it. Wednesday evening at 5:30, check out jazz saxophonist Frank Trompeter’s alter ego as a lounge singer in Frank’s Discount Lounge Act at the In Bed by Ten concert series, hosted by MICE at the St. Nicholas Ballroom, Fourth and Jefferson. Then you’ll be done by 8 — and in bed by 10, as promised — to rest and recuperate from your week of live music in Springfield.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.
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