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Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004 03:20 pm

Now playing 2-26-04

Roxschool Breaktime. Saturday, 9pm-1am.

Time flies when you're having fun -- or so they say. And as we leap through February and land into March, I hope you're having fun, 'cause time does fly whether the fun is there or not. Maybe this will help to expand your pleasure capacity while you're spending your moments here on earth.

It's Thursday. Do you know where your 1993 graduate of Rochester High turned fast climbing rock star and part-time law student is? That would be Elizabeth Elmore of course, formerly of the band Sarge, now out cruising the nation with her newest group, The Reputation. She will be at the Underground City Tavern with local wise guys, Resident Genius, churning up an indie-rock maelstrom.

Enter Friday night, full of astounding entertainment choices that only you, the patient and wise patron of the arts and bars can decide on. There is Tad Lonely and the Personals, a blues band featuring Rick Gasparin, Bob Young, and Bob Hagler hanging out at Knuckleheads. Tad Lonely is no longer with the band (just kidding), but the triumphant trio has forged ahead with plans for a CD of originals and traditionals planned for a mid-March release. Still Kick'n still plays the best of country and popular rock standards and they still play at Billy's Stockyards. Catch 'em on Friday while they are still kicking.

What is Seeing Blue? I have no idea, other than I have heard they are a good band and worthy of a listen. They got the Friday nightspot at Dempsey's, the little bar that could and did and does.

As Saturday comes crawling up to meet you, make plans for a stop at the Forty-Niner Bye-Bye on Bruns Lane and give the guys in Second Harvest a howdy-hey. Armed with acoustic instruments akin to a bluegrass band, the boys have an excellent song list of obscure (to most) and popular (to some) tunes, which they perform with the utmost accuracy and astonishing ability. Over in good old Southtown, Perfunctory This Band makes the most of Grateful Dead and related material to wake up the walls at Café Kanichi-Wa, our newest watering hole to feature live music. The facility has been a tavern for a very long time from the glory days of the Cracked Crock to more recent, less memorable establishments. Whatever the name, the place has been well loved and well visited by generations of Springfieldians and is now in good hands to continue its tradition of sounds and spirits.

The Jazz Society of Greater Springfield invites you to a jazz jam hosted by area keyboardist Terry Brennan on Sunday early evening, at the No Name Bar in the recently refurbished State House Inn. Brennan just retired from 35 years of teaching in the Decatur area and has kept a very active performance schedule through the years, including appearances with Les Paul and Mary Ford, Eric Dolphy, J.J. Johnson, and the Newport Jazz All-Stars. If that isn't enough to entice you to a lazily wonderful afternoon of swinging jazz, John Sluzalis is in the band, too, tapping on the skins.

See how fast that went. Now, should we slow down and enjoy it? I would, but there is not enough time!

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