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Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:00 am
 Let’s switch colors this week from green to blue as we move from the Irish into blues territory. Lots of other things are going on as usual, but we should take a moment to comment upon the blu
Band Spotlight
Thursday, March 19, 2015 12:00 am
 Claiming to come from a “downtrodden region of Illinois known as Forgottonia” that others might call Western Illinois (Macomb to be more specific), this hard-hitting quartet is out to set th
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:00 am
 Of all the designated drinking events on the American calendar, none contains the unabashed sanction of society more than the Irish celebration known as St. Patrick’s Day. Thanksgiving Eve may
Band Spotlight
Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:00 am
 Of all the Celtic-influenced bands now in the Springfield area, The Emerald Underground was the first on the scene way back in 2002. Then called Stone Ring Circle, the group debuted 14 years ago
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:00 am
 So many times when benefits and fundraisers look for support in drawing attention to an event, live music is involved. Many times the musicians themselves originate the concept of playing for th
Band Spotlight
Thursday, March 5, 2015 12:00 am
 Currently based out of Peoria, singer-guitarist-performer Dexter O’Neal was born in Ferriday, La. His earliest musical memories are from that area, singing in one room churches with his grandm
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:00 am
 Definitely the hot topic last week was the coldness in the air. I know making the trek out into the mighty Midwest tundra seems unbearable, but for heaven’s sake, is it really all that bad? Wh
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 12:00 am
 Boasting the largest population of Irish descendents in the Midwest, Chicago’s a good place to come from if your thing is playing Irish music. That’s exactly the case for The Tossers, a sout
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 12:00 am
 In looking for a snappy headline about Del McCoury, I landed on “indelible” to describe the 76 year-old musician and entertainer. The definition of “making marks that cannot be removed”
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Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 12:00 am
 RJ Mischo is nothing short of a phenomenon. He’s traveled the globe for more than 20 years as a touring blues artist, released nine internationally distributed CDs and played on an additional

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