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Thursday, April 1, 2010 01:55 am

April Tomfoolery


Tantric take the stage on April 1 at the Fieldhouse.

If you’re reading this on Thursday, April 1, I’m very proud and happy for you: if it happens to be on another day, just pretend it’s April Fool’s Day. Either way, always remember, don’t believe everything you read.

The Fieldhouse continues its run of concerts with nationally touring hard rock bands when Tantric and Dear Dad, Yours Truly take the stage on April 1. Tantric in support of Mind Control, the Louisville-based rockers latest album, teams up with newcomers DD, YT to lay waste to the listening public in a good way. Other upcoming shows include Van Halen with David Lee Roth on May 15, a Deep Purple reunion tour with Ian Gillian on June 12 and a special night featuring the Rock-n-Roll Heaven Revue on April 24, starring Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Randy Rhoads, Kurt Cobain, Wendy O. Williams and others yet to be announced. All shows are open to the public with front row seating and backstage passes for everyone and include free beer and pizza.

Remy’s presents the fine jazz of the Rob Killam Quartet on Friday and Saturday with Springfield music legend David Hoffman sitting in on Saturday. Dave recently forsook the flugelhorn that made him famous as a member of the Ray Charles Orchestra for the oboe. This weekend marks his local debut of the stylistically troubling switch. Folks experiencing the odd alteration were heard chanting, “Oh boy for the oboe!” at Dave’s most recent show in Shirley, Ill.  

Following in the footsteps of other downtown stores only 35-some years later, Mark and Gary Kessler will announce on April Fool’s Day the move of Recycled Records into the soon-to-be-vacated appliance section of Sears at White Oaks Mall.

“You may not love us as much now, but you can find us easier,” remarked Mark in a twist on the famed RR slogan. “There’s plenty of free parking, but customers may end up walking farther through the mall lot than they did downtown.”

Let’s wish the best of luck to the Kesslers in making this difficult, yet astute business decision for the good of the indomitable shopping citizens of Springfield, but everyone is not happy about the change. Last week during a meeting of WQNA 88.3FM volunteer DJs about the upcoming Independent Record Store Day national promotion on April 17, Tom Huber reported overhearing Dave Hustava say, “This sucks more than silence.”

After many years of serving the finest selection of beers in downstate Illinois, Brewhaus owner Mike Parkes recently decided to go with an all Anheuser-Busch-InBev selection while adding more than 75 TVs to the booths, walls and ceilings of the popular club, “so with every channel on all at once people won’t have to waste time talking or ever even going home.” Due to this progressive marketing maneuver our regular Sunday night entertainment spot was smartly replaced with a Guitar Hero contest hosted by Raoul and Owen Irwin. Good luck, fellas!

Recent events at Norb Andy’s induced Jeremy to make the bar a “safe haven for disco dancers lost for decades in live music decadence” and “a place where music goes to rest.” On Easter Sunday, April 4, the freejazz trio Wizards and local purveyors End Times Trio host the last live music performance at Norb’s before the installation of the lighted dance floor, laser lights and DJ booth. Richard Gilman-Opalsky, drummer for ETT and organizer of the FreeJazz and Creative Music Forum heralded the move as a huge step forward in participatory opportunities for local dance music enthusiasts.

“In the last few years we’ve hosted some of the most incredible and well-known freejazz artists in the world to huge record crowds,” waxed Richard G-O. “Now it’s time to step aside and let the predictable, manufactured, solid-beat sounds of modern dance music be heard.”

Here are some final words on the subject – April Fool’s!!!

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