Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 12:00 am

The Illinois Symphony season opens Saturday with ‘Centennial Celebration’

 This week marks the start of Alastair Willis’ second season as music director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. The energetic maestro is nearly bursting with enthusiasm for all that is in st...
Thursday, May 9, 2013 09:04 am

Maestro Alastair Willis has great expectations for coming years

This past weekend marked the end of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s 20th anniversary season, which was the first under the musical direction of Maestro Alastair Willis. Willis did not conduct ...
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 02:58 am

Torch Tuesday blows the roof off the sucka… respectfully

Nobody can accuse the crowd at Torch Tuesday of not knowing how to party. Springfield’s most prominent showcase for regional hip-hop talent presented the second annual Torch Tuesday Awards on Ja...
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 01:25 pm

Former Black Flag singer is on a tour of state capitals

Henry Rollins is no Abe Lincoln.But that doesn’t stop the 51-year-old punk rock icon, TV personality, author and blogger from incorporating sections of the 16th president’s 1838 speech to ...
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 06:02 pm

Jeff Williams of NIL8 has been creating music and art in Springfield for 30 years

Rock musician. Fine artist. Cycling champion. If lifelong Springfield resident Jeff Williams does not qualify as a genuine renaissance man, he’ll have to do until one comes along. In addition, t...
Thursday, May 31, 2012 02:55 am

The Illinois Symphony starts fresh with a new musical director

“The power of music can unite a community,” says Alastair Willis, brand new music director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. “That’s what we all need to be striving towards. ...
Thursday, March 29, 2012 07:30 am

Mike Doughty performs at Legacy Theatre March 30

Mike Doughty has been through the ringer. The former lead vocalist for sample-heavy ’90s alternative-rock mainstays Soul Coughing (“Super Bon Bon,” “Circles”) has put a l...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 04:07 pm

Home for the holidays, Jacob Langfelder performs in Springfield Dec. 29

From the moment he made his musical debut at age 10, lip syncing Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” at Blessed Sacrament School’s talent show, Jacob Langfelder wanted to be on sta...
Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 02:55 am

The talent at Torch Tuesday may be the Springfield music scene’s best-kept secret

[SOUND EFFECTS: needle drops onto vinyl; surface static; reporter clears throat]I’ll never forget the day I stumbled onto Springfield’s underground hip-hop scene. It all started with Raekw...
Thursday, June 10, 2010 02:55 am

Springfield’s own electro-rock-sex-revival adventure

Black leather fingerless gloves. Love Club and Stripping Glitter. Tattoos of strange designs in stranger places. Cahokia Mounds and MoonPandas. What link ties these odd and peculiar things together? A...


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