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Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007 03:50 pm

Whole lot of nothing goin’ on

One of many weekend events: Marly’s celebrates No. 7

Alabaster Brown is hosting a CD-release party for their album Mississippi Mud Stomp at Jazz Central Station on Saturday, Sept. 22.
Untitled Document As I perused my short list of upcoming music events for this weekend, I thought to myself, “Man, there is nothing to write about.” Convinced as I was, imagine my shock on learning that I was dead wrong. With a little perseverance, I found many live-music happenings in Springfield this weekend. Before we get started, let’s congratulate the Best of Springfield winners in the music field. We’re all winners here, but face it; some of us are more winners than others, to partly paraphrase George Orwell. Ever year someone grumbles about ballot-stuffing and that kind of rot, but generally the biggest vote-getters are the most popular players and in most cases they’re actually talented and good at what they do. So for you who didn’t win, there’s always next year. My advice? Start campaigning early, vote often, and keep practicing. Where were you when you heard the news of Jerry Garcia’s untimely death on August 9, 1995? Springfield celebrates and commemorates the life of Jerry Garcia and the lifestyle of his spawn, the Deadheads, with an all-day outdoor concert at Douglas Park (Madison and MacArthur), 1-10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Hosted by local alternative retailer Penny Lane, the family event features the music of the Perfunctory This Band, Springfield Shaky, Bourbon Bluegrass Band, and Scott Simpson. Munch on a gourmet Persian dinner, see a real live belly dancer, and listen to David Cain and his jazz/rock-fusion group Senses in a gala fundraising event for the Hoogland Center for the arts at the Hoogland this Friday, Sept. 21. Cain — who writes the music, sings, and plays saxophone for the band — and his compatriots are promoting the release of new CD Looking for Your Face while celebrating the 800th birthday of Rumi, the great Sufi writer whose poems are the inspiration for the lyrics on the new disk. Check out www.thesenses.net or call the Hoogland (217-523-2787) for more information.
Now we’re off to the taverns for some bar-band entertainment. Marly’s Pub (9 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-522-2280) hosts a weekend of fun to celebrate the seven-year anniversary of the popular downtown club. Bands include the Dave Tamkin Trio on Thursday, the ever-popular Good Year Pimps on Friday, and the Stone Cats, a cool St. Louis import, on Saturday. I hear that Joe Frew’s Monday-night open stage is a hip place to be as well.
Alabaster Brown rolls up from St. Louis to host a CD-release party for the group’s latest recording, Mississippi Mud Stomp, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Jazz Central Station (700 E. Adams, 217-789-1530). The group features former Springfieldian Nate Parienti on guitar and vocals, plus current resident Harry Lounsberry on keyboards. The band’s MySpace page says that Alabaster Brown plays rock, psychedelic, and bluegrass, and the members cite the Grateful Dead, among many other groups, as musical influences. It’s safe to say that the top of the Hilton will be jamming that evening.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.
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