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Thursday, April 14, 2016 12:01 am

Hold on, Record Store Day is coming

 Matt Hill, the clerk minding the store recently at Dumb Records on South Grand Avenue, seems a nice enough guy.On a recent afternoon, Hill was playing selections by Scarves, a Seattle band whose...
Monday, April 11, 2016 01:46 pm

Carlene Carter shines as supporting act

“Who wants to go back to doing what they were doing when they were 22 years old?” Mellencamp, now 64, asked last night while prefacing an acoustic version of "Jack and Diane" for a nearly full house at Sangamon Auditorium....
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 12:10 am
 Maestro Alastair Willis will conclude his tenure as musical director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2015-2016 season. The infectiously energetic conductor has asked to be r...
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 08:02 am

Grateful Dead says goodbye

The best way, really, to grade the Grateful Dead is by year. I would put Friday’s show on par with a good effort from 1978, not a peak year, but still an era when rabbits got pulled out of hats on a fairly regular basis....
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 03:00 pm

Last-minute Bedrock 66 show promises soaring musical highs

  Robert Ellis will perform tonight at Bar None FOR FREERobert Ellis's second album Photographs was named one of the top 50 albums of 2011 by American Songwriter magazine.Matt Vasquez's ba...
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 04:46 pm
  This is nowhere near what it was likeNot long ago, I had the honor of being asked to be the DJ at the wedding reception of some friends. OK, “DJ” might not be the most technically...
Thursday, April 30, 2015 12:01 am

The symphony has Lincoln and trains on its mind

 The final concert of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 season is happening on Saturday, May 2, as part of the Lincoln Funeral Coalition. “The whole city is going to be gripped by t...
Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:01 am
 Since 2010, Bar None in downtown Springfield has played host to Torch Tuesday, billed as “the longest running hip-hop open mic in central Illinois.” More than just a showcase for aspiring ta...

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