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The Oohs State Bar & Grill Saturday, 9pm-1am.

Good day, fair citizens of Illinois' capital city, Mr. Lincoln's hometown, and keepers of the best-kept secrets of the finest in Midwest entertainment. Well, two out of three ain't bad. And as you should know, we do get our reasonable share of the good stuff. If you don't believe me, pull your slumbering body out of that easy chair and go find out for yourself.

Let us designate Friday for jazz fans. Start the night with a 5:30 p.m. visit to Robbie's for the Steve Aldeman Quartet. Then get on your boots and gloves and mosey over to Lime Street Café for a listen to the Jane Hartman Trio. In between the two, slip in a visit to the Eagles Club and the weekly 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Central Illinois Dance get-together and experience the Bobby Remack adventure. That should fill your souls with jazz, swing, and other varieties of the genre.

If you must, save your jazz cravings until Sunday, and indulge in the Bowling Alley Big Band at the Spillway Lanes Lounge. You'll find 17 of the area's finest muzeecans plowing away in the fine field of big band opportunity. They've got a dance floor at your service and if you can spare the time, strike up a bowling game with the band after the show. Watch those fingers boys, they are your lifeline.

Saturday, take your sweetheart for a rockin' good time at H.U.D.S (that's the Hangout, Unwind, and Dance Saloon). Ed McCann's Rockhouse will take you on a little trip through hard rock history with some of the finest purveyors of the genre as your guides. Give Denby a big Valentine's Day smooch and you'll all feel much better for it. I can't speak for how he will feel about it, but sometimes we must take the bull by the horns, hope we don't get gored, and ride him until he throws you.

Big news in blues: Otis Taylor comes to town on Sunday at the Ambassador Ballroom in the Hilton compliments of M.I.C.E. [see page 23]. Local blues man Scott "Lil' Egypt" Simpson opens the 7 p.m. show. This Monday, Kit Jones and the Mighty Mudbugs serve up some tasty blues licks at the Illinois Central Blues Club's weekly Blue Monday gig held at the Alamo. Next week the club hosts the quite famous, and rightfully so, Coco Montoya. Remember folks, after all these years it still costs only one American dollar to enter into the weekly world of the blues at the ICBC gatherings.

Alternate Tunings, a locally produced television show, is filming for their upcoming series to be shown on Channel 49 this spring. On Saturday, the crew will tape John Brillhart and Chris Camp, then myself and the wise and wonderful Raoul, at Viele's Planet. Jill Manning will kick off the night starting around 8 p.m. Come on down and get yourself on the TV.

Rise up and shake off those winter blahs. Only you have the power to free yourself from the binding shackles of lethargy and slothfulness. Be the human dynamo your mother intended you to be. Or just go on out and have a good time and forget all that stuff.

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