Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 10:34 am

Band delivers at state fair

If Walter Becker and Donald Fagen know one thing, it is how to hire musicians.The two-man songwriting brain trust that is Steely Dan has built a legacy on a revolving door of top-flight studio players...
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 12:01 am
 Those – and there were a substantial number in attendance – who saw Boston at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday will, I suppose, have one of two reactions.It was really cool! They played al...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:01 am

Black Flag plays Homespun

 After nearly 40 years, Black Flag is still a whole lot of fun.With just one original member, the legendary hardcore punk band from California is, in at least one respect, a shadow of its former...
Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:01 am
 The lack of artistic taste in towns the size of Springfield can never be underestimated. You didn’t have to look further than the empty seats in Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illino...
Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:01 am

Conductor celebrates two decades in Springfield with special two-night performance

 Non-professional choirs and community choruses often write to world-famous venues hoping for a chance to sing inside. Cathedrals, castles, museums and other sites will appease amateur groups by...
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 08:42 am

PCCC show a stand-out

Brad Paisley is not the greatest singer in country music. It did not matter whatsoever, because Paisley’s performance at PCCC was everything you could have wanted, and more....
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 09:24 am

B.B. King disappoints

 The best concert I ever saw was Ella Fitzgerald on May 12, 1985 at the Seattle Center Opera House.It was Mother’s Day and my date was my grandmother, a hopeless jazz addict who made sure that ...
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 04:26 pm

Opening act a gem

The problem with reviewing a ZZ Top show is that somebody has already written practically everything that could be written about the trio from Texas that’s been tou...
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...


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