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Thursday, April 22, 2010 08:56 pm

April assortment


The Sound of Illinois Barbershop Chorus performs Sat. April 24 at Lincoln College in Lincoln.

We’ll start this round off with a salute to the Rock the House Blues Bash that happened Wednesday, April 21. Yeah it already blew by and I hope you didn’t miss it. With a great lineup from national name Tommy Castro to resident rocker Josie Lowder plus several more talents, the show was a surefire hoot and, sorry to say, you got no heads up from me about it. Be sure to check out the upcoming Blue Monday at the Alamo on April 26 with Rockin’ Jake from New Orleans and be regaled with stories of the Bash while listening to one of the best harp players blowing on the blues scene today.

Hopefully everyone who needs to know knows BB King waltzes his octogenarian, guitar-slinging self into the UIS Sangamon Auditorium on Friday night, April 23. His most excellent, Chicago-based drummer, Tony Coleman makes a stop at Daddy-O’s Music Shack (1405 Stevenson Drive #7) for a drum workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m., just before the show. Tony, a monster drummer and a great guy who manned the skins for Otis Clay and Bobby “Blue” Bland, as well as the King of the Blues for many years, hooked back up with BB in 2008. So if you’re looking to cop some chops or just looking, contact the cool cats at Daddy-O’s at or 217-529-4840 for more information.

The Sound of Illinois Barbershop Chorus, based in Bloomington, sings at 7 p.m., Sat., April 24, at the grand opening of the new Lincoln Center on the campus of Lincoln College in Lincoln (877-522-5867 or for tickets). For the third consecutive year, the 100-member a cappella male group won the Illinois District state crown and gained the honor of representing Illinois at the Barbershop Harmony Society international convention in Philadelphia this July.

Anyone remember Clayville out near Pleasant Plains and what the place meant to this community during its heyday? I know many folks who do, myself included. If you’ve been following the good news brought to you by the dedicated crew known as the Pleasant Plains Historical Society, prepare for some more. On May 22 and 23 PPHS presents a spring festival to reinstate Clayville as a preserved place to visit history, enjoy the present and look forward to the future. Musicians and bands interested in playing during the day at the festival can contact Clayville’s music meister, Gary Lamsargis (217-546-7716 or The big picture for supporting music, always a part of events at the historical site, includes forming a group called the Clayville Revival Folk Music Experience as a club of musicians meeting at the old stagecoach stop and inn on a regular basis to jam and plan events.

In one more tantalizing tidbit of exciting entertainment news, Havana hosts ’60s hit band The Buckinghams on Sat., April 24 at the Havana High School. The evening concert concludes an all-day happening in the river city that includes an antique car show and other citywide goings on. Interested folks can find out more at or 309-543-3528.

This seems to be a good time to remind area bands and musicians about Illinois Times’ handy-dandy, full-use, just-for-you Web site at IT hosts a special place just for music groups to display their wares online all for free and currently shows more than 100 local artists in varying genres. The spot includes areas for music, photos, a blog and fan comments, plus links are connected directly to our online pub crawl calendar. That means you can check out the Pub Crawl online and directly link to a band profile on our site. If you want to know more about your chosen group, the page contains more links to artist’s personal sites. Bands can join or add at any time. Check it out by clicking on the music tab on IT’s homepage and scrolling down to band directory.  

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