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Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 am
 Is it hot enough for you? If I hear that phrase one more time … Anyway, onward to the music, please.In the parade of weekend festivals that comes each July in our community, the Downtown Sprin
Band Spotlight
Thursday, July 21, 2016 12:00 am
 Native of the Asheville, North Carolina, Swannanoa Valley area, Reed Turchi grew up playing boogie-woogie blues piano, became infatuated with the slide guitar sounds of Northern Mississippi and
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:00 am
 The future sure looks bright, but maybe not bright enough to wear shades, as Pat McDonald once informed us. Did you know Timbuk3, Pat’s duo with his then-wife plus a tape player (they did that
Band Spotlight
Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:00 am
 A true dynamic duo, Rockin’ Johnny Burgin and Aki Kumar come ready to play at the weekly Blue Monday jam hosted by our Illinois Central Blues Club. Johnny has graced us before with his peculia
Feature
Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:00 am

Arvin Pierce, a man on a mission to save, support and learn from the honeybee

 As Arvin Pierce and I pull up to a house in Virden and step out of his small red pickup truck, a young boy cowers near the back steps. He glares up at an active swarm of honeybees near a catalpa
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:00 am
 With one of the strangest weather periods for a Fourth of July weekend that I can remember behind us, we look forward to that good, old, hot and humid, central Illinois summertime.Here’s a qui
Band Spotlight
Thursday, July 7, 2016 12:00 am
 Formed by friends interested in playing interesting music together, this local Springfield group includes members of such renowned area bands as The Aspect, Mr. Opporknockity, Winky and the Love
Band Spotlight
Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:00 am
 These Chicago guys got a good start in the business by winning WGN’s Breakthrough Band competition in 2014 with their first single, “Grind Your Teeth.” After spending 2015 promoting and pl
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:00 am
 Well, June doesn’t really bug me, except it’s one of my favorite months and goes by so quickly. Plus, I wanted to get a June bug reference in since I haven’t seen many in 2016. Now, let’
Band Spotlight
Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:00 am
 Using Chicago and Florida as home bases, this traveling, genre-hopping roots rocker is calling the road home these last few months. Fresh from an Alamo Blue Monday show, Joel and the boys made a

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