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Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011 02:58 pm

September stuff


The Lazer Dudes perform at Catch 22 on Sept. 9.

Whew, what a summer of goings on it was. I’m all worn out from the excitement of fairs and festivals, and I’m supposing you are as well. Now things slow down a bit, but plenty of upcoming shows are on the calendar for the next few weeks and on into the fall.

If you’re yearning for one more event similar to our Old Capitol Blues & BBQs (but lots bigger and in a park with green stuff), the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival in Columbia, Mo., goes all weekend long. Only a few hours away west and south of here on the wide Missouri, Columbia is a cool college town with a hipster attitude, smack dab in the middle of Show-Me land. The festival is a real winner, with the incomparable Taj Mahal headlining and plenty of other incredible acts such as Los Lobos, Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Flatlanders, Robert Cray and Dr. Ralph Stanley, among others, filling out the bill. I’ve never been to this show, but with a lineup like that, plus the good eats, and from what I’ve heard, a well-organized event, it sounds like a hoot. So not to run you out of town, but if you’re looking for a road trip to a good time, here’s your ticket to ride.

Dave Carter of Planet Earth Records and founding member of the Station is hosting a benefit concert this Sunday, from noon to 8 p.m. at Crows Mill Pub out off Toronto Road, east of I-55. TAP Fest invites you to a day out of doors with BBQ and live music to help raise awareness and funds for The Autism Program (TAP) of Illinois. Bands include The Dave Littrell Band, Low Phatt, Postwar Fords and the Blue G’s, plus Dave promises raffles, giveaways and lots of fun.

During the early 80s under the ownership of the Radwine brothers, the Crows Mill School was the finest, consistently good, live music spot around. Then Bootleggers was there for a couple decades with music as well. Now the name is back as the Crows Mill Pub and the music is outdoors with a nice stage in a well kept beer garden area. The Moonlight Rhythm Rangers play their special brand of country, rock and folk on Saturday. Just down on Toronto Road, back toward I-55 in the north side strip mall is Mowie’s Cue, a very clean and well-run poolroom now hosting bands on Saturday nights. This week Skibbereen takes the floor and other local bands are scheduled throughout the fall.

Catch 22, the downtown late night hangout, is also now in the live music business hosting bands on Friday and Saturday nights from 9 to 1. With a built-in 3 o’clock crowd, Catch is looking to pull in some folks early with good local bands playing through a sweet house PA in a nice sounding room. Bang’s Hideout on South Grand just past Eleventh Street, hosts live music now as well. The venerable venue once housed the Cracked Crock, the Bank Saloon, Café Kanichi-Wa and other watering holes of renown. Down on the corner of Eleventh and South Grand check out Bourbon Street, once home of the famed Bruce’s Tavern, currently booking rock bands on weekends. Across Eleventh is the Black Sheep Café, home to all ages shows presenting punk-pop and other varieties of young traveling bands from across the country.

There’s one more addition to the new lineup of live music venues, as Boone’s Saloon returns to the fold of downtown area bars sometime in the very near future. Plans include an outdoor stage for beer garden bands with a nod toward modern country music shows. Welcome back, Boone’s.

Hmmm, doesn’t sound like we’re in for much of a break now, does it?

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