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Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007 03:52 am

’Twas the night before Thanksgiving

Wednesday, as expected, will live up to its party-hearty billing

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56 Hope Road plays at Marly’s Pub on Friday in preparation for their CD release tour.
Untitled Document Regular readers of this column are surely aware by now that Thanksgiving Eve is Springfield’s busiest bar night of the year, thanks to the booze-swilling public and measured by the cash registers of participating nightclubs. It certainly makes sense when you think about it. Almost everyone has the next day off for Thanksgiving (thank you, Abe), and generally the required activity is to lie around and eat while resting for the day after Thanksgiving, which is, of course, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It’s the perfect night to get bombed, pickled, bamboozled, stewed, stoned, hammered, or plastered (or whatever other term you care to use to describe the effect) and then take the next day for recovery purposes. Those of us who don’t take full advantage of this special night for boozing can still reap benefits by enjoying the additional live music booked by club owners looking to capitalize on the wildly popular party night. Without further adieu, then, here’s the Thanksgiving Eve entertainment for Springfield and surrounding areas for 2007. What’s the best thing about having a weekly Wednesday gig? Every year you get an automatic Thanksgiving Eve show. Just ask the members of the Station, who’ve jammed out at Marly’s Pub (9 W. Old State Capitol Plaza, 217-522-2280) most every Wednesday for years and will this week as well. Marly’s features 56 Hope Road in a pre-CD-release-tour appearance on Friday and NIL8 on Saturday.
What’s this — a band called the Lost Boys playing at the Forty-Niner Bye-Bye (518 Bruns Lane, 217-787-4937)? Never heard of them. Just kidding, folks. Rest assured, you’ll rock solid through the night with these guys manning the music-making machines. The Joe Cook Band plays some tasty blues and rock on Friday. The booking of the Timmys at Café-Kanichi-wa (1117 S. Grand Ave. E., 217-544-3500) puts an eclectic, cool band in an eccentric, cool bar, a sparkling combination that is not to be missed. Please say hello to the friendly mannequins, but remember: No touching allowed. Don’t stop reading now — we’re just getting warmed up. The Perfunctory This Band perpetuates the legacy of the Grateful Dead at JW’s Lounge (2266 S. Sixth St., 217-544-1303), and the Damwell Betters blast their way through Salute (107 W. Cook St., 217-523-7343), in the Vinegar Hill Mall. The Bourbon Street Bluegrass Band picks out at Trail’s End (Route 54, Curran, 217-483-7078) with the adept and provocative singer/songwriter Pete Sanders starting around 7:30 p.m.
Here’s one more bit of area music news for you. Fans of the bluesy Mojo Stew can catch a reunion and CD-release show Saturday, Nov. 24, at Daddio’s (527 N. Main, 309-828-4434) in Bloomington. The band played the Illinois State Fair years ago with Cats on Holiday and features Petersburg resident Monica Morris, providing dynamite vocals. That should be enough to keep us all busy until next week. Have a happy Thanksgiving  . . . Eve.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.
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