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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 12:10 am

Music director candidate to conduct “New World Symphony” on Saturday

 With Saturday’s concert, “American Voices,” the Illinois Symphony Orchestra will complete phase one of this season’s vetting of candidates for the position of new music director for the...
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 12:07 am

Little old band from Texas closes fair

For ZZ Top, Oct. 23, 2013, was, in part, the measuring stick for last Sunday’s grandstand show to close the state fair.It was barely three years ago that the three-same-guys-three-same-chords (just...
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 01:31 pm

Fair concert features politicians, nostalgia

 Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder hoisted the two-fingered rock-and-roll salute, the crowd booed at the mention of Gov. Bruce Rauner. And there were also plenty of pyrotechnics and never-gets-old...
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 11:11 pm

Despite adversity, music festival set to show off Southtown improvements

 Kicking off this Friday, June 10, at 5 p.m., Dumb Fest is one of two annual music festivals hosted every summer by the scrappy, consistently ambitious, all-ages punk venue Black Sheep Café, loc...
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 11:10 pm

Charmaine Neville to perform at nonprofit charity event

 Charmaine Neville, a domestic abuse survivor, believes that women who experience domestic abuse do not feel that other people truly understand their situation.“People don’t understand that y...
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....

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