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Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 10:16 pm

“Hair” the music calling

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Lazer Dudes play Rocks-4-Locks music festival Sun at Douglas Park.

The Alejandro Escovedo concert at Bar None scheduled for Sept. 16 sold out about a week ago. I’ve heard from several disappointed fans unable to get tickets and I’m sure plenty of other thwarted concertgoers exist. According to his website calendar Springfield is the only Midwest stop on this particular tour, but never fear, he keeps a steady road schedule and played last month in St. Louis, so odds are the talented performer shall return to our area soon.

I don’t think I remember a better summer of shows at Douglas Park than 2010. The venerable bandshell played host to the Haymarket Festival, Girlfest, the Municipal Band’s partial return, Music in the Parks, APL’s music fest, Penny Lane’s Customer Appreciation concert (Sept. 26) and this weekend’s offering of Rock-4-Locks. The day-long, family-friendly show begins at noon and, according to instigator and organizer Mike Ralph, all proceeds including the $5 entrance donation go to the Locks of Love organization founded to offer healthy human hair-pieces to children in need. As Ralph’s first foray into concert promotion, his tales of finding sponsors, obtaining permits, organizing vendors and doing advertising for the show are many and interesting.

John Brillhart put together the music lineup featuring several local regulars, such as Wolf Crick Boys, Lazer Dudes, Micah Walk and LowPhatt. Also included are an interesting comic-music duo from Columbus, Ohio, hilariously calling themselves Andy Gallagher and Zachariah Baird (they do a set at the Brewhaus at 9) and the international debut of Hal O’Gin & the Isotopes performing the entire first act of a rock opera called The Colonel’s Tale reported as, “an adaptation of the first section of Canterbury Tales set in the far future.” USCA provides haircuts for a five-buck minimum donation and if your tresses meet stringent Locks of Love standards (Samuel, my youngest son donated an 11-inch ponytail last May so we’ve been through this) then off it comes free of charge and off it goes to help the lock-less young ones.

Rare for outdoor public park concerts these days, the event offers beer for sale, of course following all the rules and regulations concerning such behavior, plus food, games and other vendors, and in a very possible and likely probable first for Douglas Park, body massages for a donation. More information is available at www.rocksforlocks.org and congratulations to the Ralphs and everyone involved for the good work done.

Somehow the Country’s Family Reunion show from RFD-TV coming to Sangamon Auditorium on Sept. 17 slipped by my music radar. Famed singer-songwriter and world famous country star Whisperin’ Bill Anderson plays host to legendary guests Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and Mary Lou Turner.  I just heard Jim Ed live on WSM out of Nashville while returning from a gig up north on Saturday. He’s been around since the 50s and still sounds great. If you like the stories behind the songs as much as the songs, this once-in-a-lifetime show is for you.

House concerts, quite simply concerts in your home, bring artists and audiences together like no venue can. Not just an intimate setting, the barrier of stage blurs creating a deep connection between performers and listeners. On Sun., Sept. 26, at 5 p.m., Peter and Julianne Glatz enter this beautiful world by presenting a house concert with “two amazing Chicago-based guitarists, Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic,” who happened to be performing at the Champaign Urbana Folk and Roots Festival the day before. Another house concert bonus generally concerns the good food involved and with Julianne in charge, the menu might challenge the music for top billing. Call the good dentist’s office at 525-8444 for info and reservations.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.

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