From cool jazz to hot funk, things are shaking this weekend
Heads up, participants in Springfield's nightlife, there is music falling all around you. See if you can catch some of it.
On Friday, Rachael Lee fires up her Quartet for a show at the Lime Street Café from 9 p.m. to midnight. Lee, a staple of the jazz scene for many years, has been keeping a low profile of late. She comes out of retirement (right!) shooting from the hip, with pianist Don Heitler accompanying her exquisite vocal stylings. She is one of the best. Thanks for the music Rachael.
Early evening Friday gigs are shaping up well for downtown music buffs. Mike Cheffer returns to strum his six string and sing all your favorite numbers in the great out of doors at Andiamo! for the Sidewalk Serenade from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Black Magic Johnson grooves the blues at the Alamo from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., gearing up for their CD release of Food for Thought sometime in the next few weeks. Robbie's Uptown Friday Night features the cool jazz tunes of the Kevin Hart Quartet. If that doesn't scratch your itch, head south to the Spillway Lanes Lounge on Outer Park Drive near the Town and Country Shopping Center, and finish out your night soaking in the popular sounds of Hot Property, rocking the bowling alley bar from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
On Saturday, give your ears a good what-for and combine the acoustic finger-style pickings of guitar virtuoso, Dennis Neff at the Sun's Up Koffee Kafe from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a little chaotic cacophony from funk-rock-rap purveyors, Chawbacon at Dempsey's from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. That ought to shake up the balance of your universe. It'll be a bit like jumping from the sauna into an ice filled pond. It's supposed to be good for you, but is not for the faint of heart. Hey, it's just a suggestion.
Bluegrass and jamgrass fans are licking their chops looking ahead to the first weekend of November. Tony Furtado and the American Gypsies and Broken Grass are booked for the Illinois Theater in the Illinois Building on the State Fairgrounds for Nov. 1. Then the highly acclaimed Del McCoury Band rolls into the Hilton on Nov. 2 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Underground City Tavern. Yum, yum.
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