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Thursday, April 15, 2004 04:18 am

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Filthy Johanson Forty-Niner Bye-Bye. Saturday, 9pm-1am.

Come on, tell the truth. Is there any place on this glorious earth you'd rather be right now than Springfield, the home of Abraham Lincoln (and several other humans), preparing to bound out of your invisible chains, race to the place that supports your favorite (or at least most likeable) area band, order a tall cold one, and get with it?

You don't have to answer.

Jazz Central Station hosts a Spring Fling of sorts this weekend. Kicking off the festivities on Thursday is none other than that beautiful hunk of singing woman flesh known to mankind as Candye Kane. Ms. Kane revealed her inner (and outer) self to us on several different occasions over the last few years, showcasing her ability to be curvaceous and cantankerous, voluptuous and volatile, sensuous and snappy, all while performing some very good and very fun blues music. On Friday, Chatham's own The Station promises to take the tallest stage in town to a higher level. elevator shoe, with singing sensation Trina Madonia clocks in on Saturday, celebrating the return of guitarist Alexis Rogers after his recovery from a broken hand. Local heartthrob and songwriting guitar sensation Ocean Alexander opens the show.

There is a reason for the band name Carbon Copy and if you don't know what that reason is, you obviously haven't seen the group. Without letting out the double-your-fun-double-your-pleasure secret, suffice it to say if you hop down to Dempsey's on Friday you may think you're seeing double, but it won't be those three shots of Jägermeister (though it could be) that is causing the two-for-one experience. Zip that lip!

The Woodbox Gang live in a world far different than you can imagine; one inhabited by devils driving tractors, people born with tails, birds with broken bones, beauty beyond belief, banjos all night long, and roll-your-own cigarettes. You want to go there too? Show up at the Underground City Tavern on Friday. You'll be glad you did. I promise.

Debbie Ross brings her all-star band to the corner stage at Marly's Pub on Saturday. Few groups can compare to the song selection and delivery of the DRB, but, hey, I don't have to tell you that. Flashback has morphed into Strange Brew and kicks off what looks like the return of live music to the bar on Fifth and Monroe, now called the Firehouse. They swing and sway through a variety of popular blues rock tunes sure to please. Check the complete song list and a bio of the group at

Wednesday at Andiamo!/Charlie's Club, make way for the Innovators New Music Series and Marco Eneidi's Sound on Survival Trio with Untoward Quartet. The series, conceived by Frank Trompeter and delivered with help from Elisabeth Adams and the Jazz Society of Greater Springfield, is in its third season of showcasing world class acts of the avant-garde jazz world. This is the cutting edge folks, whether you like it or not. Eneidi collected high praise from Trompeter, who called him "my favorite contemporary alto saxophonist" and likes his ability to "move from the squeaky-squawky of the freestyle jazz to the familiar blues melodies of traditional jazz."

Sounds like we need to listen up and listen up good.

Now where was it you'd rather be? You don't have to answer. Really.

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