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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...
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:01 am

Southern psych-rockers set to storm Bedrock 66

 The Bedrock 66 series remains Springfield’s best chance to see unexpected, exciting live music across a wide spectrum of sounds, from bluegrass to power pop to alt country and beyond. This Fri...
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:01 am

The biracial Run The Jewels played the night of the grand jury decision

 On Monday, Nov. 24, I was faced with a quandary. Several months back, a friend had gotten us tickets for a nightclub concert scheduled in St. Louis that night by high-profile rap duo Run The Jew...
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 12:01 am
 Paul Collins, who will be performing at Bar None Sunday, Oct. 12, is responsible for some of the catchiest, punchiest songs to never crack the top 20. In 1970s Los Angeles, his first band, The N...

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