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Thursday, March 22, 2012 07:11 pm

Metal, math, mandalas and Mini O’Beirne

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Fareed Haque and Math Games, featuring Greg Fundis and Alex Austin, play the Capital City Bar and Grill on Saturday, March 24.

I couldn’t quite settle on one act this week, so look out. As the calls came in, the list grew until several shows reached the Now Playing field. Let’s take them in headline order.

Chris Hupp, host of Metal Mayhem Mondays on WQNA 88.3 FM and man in charge of major-ly making metal mighty, informed me of this event. On Friday, Stormspell Records recording act The Horde invades the Old 36 Inn in Riverton with an attack of Viking Thrash Metal. The show begins at 8 p.m. with Butchered/Severed Recording group Carpathian Funeral, along with our local heroes of death metal, What Thou Will. Not quite as metal-ized, but equally hard rocking comes Soulicit, a band from Wichita, Kan., playing Catch 22 on Friday. Recently signed to Thermal Entertainment, the group immediately recorded Parking Lot Rockstar with the catchy anthem, “Hell Yeah” released as the first single, then hit the road in support of the rocking record produced by Brett Hestla.

Planet Playground Productions and Samuel Music join forces on Saturday to bring guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque to town. Haque’s new project called Math Games featuring our Greg Fundis on drums and Alex Austin hits the Capital City Bar and Grill with The Dave Littrell Band and The MCP (includes members of The Station and Low Phatt) starting at 8 p.m. You get $5 off the $15 ticket price if you bring two used DVDs to send to our troops overseas. At 3 p.m. that afternoon, for a $15 fee, Math Games hosts a clinic and Q & A session for all ages at Samuel Music. See more from these incredible musicians at www.fareed.com and check out the good stuff.

Area visual artist and prolific music maker Matthew Schultz continues his gallery show at the Springfield Art Association through March 31. Schultz spent the last year doing a series of some 150 artist-designed, computer-created mandalas to settle on his 100 best for “Mandalas: Attempting the Divine.” Schultz used his imagination and Illustrator to make these two-dimensional, mystical circles, considered sacred objects in some religions and popularly used as meditation devices. He has plans in the works to use the art designs in places of healing.

Along with the visual art, the musician composed several ambient pieces on the computer for use during meditation or simple listening, that he likens to “musical mandalas.” These sounds are based on binaural beats, natural rhythms in tune with our brain waves. When certain frequencies are played, our brain waves alter, a phenomena called “frequency following response.” Schultz designed his songs he considers “abstract and contemplative” to aid in gaining a desired state of consciousness. No stranger to CD production, this makes somewhere around his “37th or so” recording. Go to his page at bandcamp.com to download free recordings and purchase manufactured CDs and to see what this creative artist has been up to for the past 25 years.

Blues for O’Beirne happens Friday at the Capital City Bar and Grill aptly aided by corporate sponsors and generous cooperation from the Illinois Central Blues Club. Hoping to cover some of the charitable revenue formerly donated by the now-defunct State Farm Classic for the Mini O’Beirne Crisis Center, the benefit features Brooke Thomas and Mike Burnett at 7 p.m., then St. Louis blues band Daddy’s Cookin’ with Madam Foxx as the smoking lead vocalist. The night closes with an Open Blues Jam from 10 to midnight with a PA and backline provided. Please be sure to go to miniobeirne.org for more information and check out Blues for O’Beirne on Facebook for advance tickets and jam sign up.

Good luck deciding where to go this weekend. Whew!!

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.

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