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Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:00 am

James Armstrong, the internationally renowned bluesman, relocates to Springfield

 Believe it or not, Springfield, Illinois, is red hot for the cool blues. The capital city is home to one of the oldest blues clubs in the nation, hosts a nearly 30-year-old weekly blues performa
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:00 am
 Here we are moving through December like a kid through presents on Christmas morning. Per usual, we have a diverse and dandy assortment of doings to share with you this week.Word on the street s
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:00 am
 Identical twin brothers James and Paul McElwain, or if you prefer, Dorian and Adrian Westwood, or just plain Milk N Cookies, or best yet, “ice devouring sex tornadoes” are one of the hottest
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:00 am
 As we coolly creep into December, rapidly approaching the year 2015, the Springfield music scene shows its depth, diversity and caring in a variety of ways.Jingle Jam, featuring local musicians
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:00 am
 Utilizing acoustic instruments in a bluegrass-folk-pop-ish style, the five players in ClusterPluck (don’t you just love saying that name?!) bring it on and score high. Chris Rader (vocals, ban
Music - Tom Irwin
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:00 am
 For years now, I’ve been preaching that Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar and club party night of the calendar year in the United States of America. Those in the know already knew, but in th
Band Spotlight
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:00 am
 No one does classic rock like the guys who learned the songs before they were classics. When bands like Queen, Kiss, Boston, Judas Priest and Aerosmith rocked our world, local musicians Rusty Le
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:00 am
 As a working blues-rock artist, if you’ve had Willie Dixon, one of the most profound, prolific and professional blues guys of all time quoted as saying, “You’re the only hurricane I can ap
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:00 am
 What sounds come to mind when gypsy-jazz music gets mentioned? If it’s soaring vocals, speedy guitars and swinging bass you are in the realm of the Chicago-based Fumée Gypsy Project. This las
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:00 am
 The skies may go gray and the world darkens as November seeps into the soul, but look for enlightenment and excitement – or at least a drink and live music – in your bar of choice this weeke

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