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Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 01:01 am

February flurry of fun


Todd Sucherman

For heaven’s sake, the shows just won’t stop in Springfield or perhaps we should say, they keep stopping by. From the looks of the upcoming weekend calendar as we pass on through February, it’s a veritable smorgasbord of live music activity.

First off, I must deny the comments about offering pot to REO Speedwagon umpteen years ago as mentioned in last week’s IT cover story. The denial comes not from a concern for repercussions of admitting former cannabis connections, because I believe the world would be a safer more honest and pleasant place if all who have partaken just admitted it. No, my real fear lies in arousing the wrath of Gary Richrath. Oh well, too late now, and yes it really did happen.

On Thursday when REO, Styx and 38 Special come to town for the big concert at the PCCC, Styx drummer Todd Sucherman makes an appearance at Daddy O’s Music Shop on Stevenson Drive. Sucherman, recognized by many as one of the greats among current rock drummers, drops in from 4 to 6 p.m. for a meet-n-greet to promote his highly praised DVD, Methods and Mechanics for Useful Musical Drumming.

Around 10 on Friday at Bar None rowdy rockabilly fans rejoice as the Krank Daddies come to rock the joint. Led by the notorious Chops McClintlock on guitar and vocals and backed by the yelling and beating twins of Kernel Velvet on bass and Steve Underwood on drums, this trio of hell-raisers raises the roof wherever they go.

On Friday and Saturday nights the Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project get their groove on in the intimate atmosphere of Remy’s on Monroe. Always a stunningly good band, this weekend Craig adds the incredible Chicago-based trumpet player Kenny Anderson to the mix. Associating with the likes of the world famous Chicago Storm/Ohio Players horn section, Bill McFarland and the Chicago Horns and Chicago salsa great Chuchito Valdez puts Anderson in a place of regular renown. Good stuff Maynard.

Saturday becomes a night of fantastic folk frenzy when Roberta and Gary Gordon come up from Sparta, Ill., to split a show with yours truly at the Unity Church in Southern View from 7 to 9. Over at All About Wine on Wabash, our dear friends Ben Bedford and Kari Abate-Bedford perform at the same time. Surely the folks are frenetic and fortunate.

Another form of frenzy occurs on Saturday night from 8 to 10 at the Plaza, downtown on Adams, when the Springfield Free Jazz and Creative Music Forum hosts WUMMIN from Chicago. The trio features an opera singer playing cello, plus a violinist and a drummer doing what’s described as “erratic melodrama and improvisational earnestness” performed through “bizarre operatic vocalism, strident Eastern accents and microtonal extravagance.” End Times Trio also performs in the lovely cacophonic presentation of music in a different form than usually heard.

The really big show on Saturday must be the all-ages A.C.M.E. Indoor Music Festival (Another Cool Music Event) at the Grand Ballroom in the mighty Hilton. The concert runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., hailing as the official SOHO Fest pre-party with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery. Acts include Micah Walk Band, Sarah Schneider Band, Dave and Dave of the Station, Pete Sander, Wabash Run, the Boogie Squad and a 7:30 performance by the Irwinites.

Keep your weekend going strong and experience the real live rock band Saliva performing with special guests Dog Divine at the Fieldhouse on Sunday Feb. 28. This is the second big-to-middling-name rock concert of many more to come as those in control seek to develop the club into a major music venue.

As usual, this is only a small sampling of suggestions with an incredible number of unmentioned shows out there for your pleasure and perusal.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com

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