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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 02:21 am

April shows into May flows

Act of Congress plays May 1 and 2 at Ann Bova’s New Cabin Concerts.

I hope you’re keeping up with the long list of festivals, concerts, gigs, dates, shindigs, and whatever else you care to call them, happening all around us. I’m not sure what dam burst upstream in Event River, but the shows are a-flowing in April and rushing headlong into May and I, for one, have not kept up with the rush.

First I must apologize for not making more of a ruckus about Record Store Day (www.recordstoreday.com) celebrated locally last Saturday, April 18, at Recycled Records. The national event is catching on wherever independent record stores still exist, which is mainly in larger cities with supportive neighborhoods. Luckily we still have the amazing Brothers Kessler to keep Recycled Records afloat and sailing along. Local community radio station WQNA FM-88.3 broadcast live all day from the downtown store at 622 E. Adams. All the volunteer DJs at WQNA choose their own playlists and design their programs, a rarity in radio these days. Please do me a favor so I can sleep at night not feeling guilty about not mentioning this last week, and stop by Recycled Records and say thanks for being there and listen to WQNA 88.3 FM then give a DJ a call and say thanks for playing personally picked tunes. All the diverse and various radio programs and DJ names are available for perusal at www.wqna.org.

Hey how about a Hooley tonight? Yes my Celtic-oriented friends, it’s time again for the monthly Hooley at Celtic Mist Pub on April 23, Thursday, starting at 7:30 p.m. Exorna, delightfully rowdy purveyors of authentic pub music, host the night, with, as always, extremely able help from several dancing, kilt-wearing, pipe-and-drum-toting, members of the St. Andrews Society.

We couldn’t and shouldn’t go through this week’s entertainment listing without a shout out to The Revolution’s You Music and Art Festival held Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Feitshans Academy Elementary School (between South Grand and Cook on Fifteenth). Hopefully you are familiar with the story of Joshua Foster, a local resident who, after getting shot during a robbery attempt, decided to change the world with the positive ways of music, art, celebration and donations instead of turning to hate, anger, despair and resentment. Last year’s inaugural event, organized by Foster with volunteer help and held at Harvard Park Elementary School, was an all-out success, with lots of live music, a silent auction, art displays and other events providing a backdrop for a fundraiser to benefit art and music programs in Springfield schools. Visit www.myspace.com/therevolutionsyou for information about this powerful, enlightening and beneficial event.

Early evenings on Wednesdays check out three local mainstays hosting a mid-week music night over at Knockers, the newest name of the bar establishment in the corner of the South Sixth Street shopping area anchored by County Market. Mike Burnett, Jeff Kornfeld and Dan Shaughnessy, collectively known as Show Pigs, run through some fun tunes with special guests dropping in on a regular basis. The club also books rock groups on the weekends with the Lost Boys showing up this Saturday.

Act of Congress, a progressive and genre-bending bluegrass group from Birmingham, Ala., is up next on Ann Bova’s New Cabin Concerts spring agenda. The quartet, bearing resemblances to Nickel Creek, plays on May 1 and 2 with instrument performance workshops scheduled for noon on Saturday. Check out the newly refurbished Web site at www.thecabinconcerts.com for all the details.

As I was saying, things are popping out all over this spring. I know there are more events out there and I’m going looking for them. See you there.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.

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