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Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 12:00 am
 A trippy trio from Columbia, Missouri, the Hooten Hallers are all about being different from your average Americana group. Using interesting instrumentation that includes John Randall (vocals, g
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 12:00 am
 This week we have sad news, happy times, good benefits, and, apparently, lovely weather to top off an odd and peculiar few weeks of early autumn.Our hearts go out to the family of guitarist Alex
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 12:00 am
 Feel the crisp breeze, the touch of fall, the fall of leaves, the sounds of leaves falling, and, oh, what else is that I hear? Yes, it’s the sound of live music all over town.First, let’s co
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 12:00 am
 Known as the “Ambassador of the Blues” and also as a resident of Springfield, Mr. Armstrong gets all the credit for being an excellent and constantly touring guitar player with sharp songwri
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 12:00 am
 As I started writing my column, the news went from bad to worse with mass shootings and Tom Petty’s untimely passing. No telling what else will happen before I finish this and we go to press,
Feature
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:00 am

Trying to rejuvenate a long-running jazz festival

 Once upon a time, before hip-hop, rap, hot country and even rock in all its formats, jazz ruled as the cool and popular music of the day. Considered a justifiably fitting style for an expanding
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:00 am
 Here we are, heading right into October with September barely left behind. I see lots of good local bands out as we wind down the outdoor festivals and begin to think about the seasonal end to o
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 12:00 am
 Based out of Denver, Colorado, these guys get around while spreading the great sounds of swing music and traditional jazz. Bandleader Joe Smith has a couple more groups in Denver (the Joe Smith
Music - Tom Irwin
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 12:00 am
 With all the hurricanes in the news lately, we humbly send our love and care to those affected by the sea storms, but today we talk a bit about a hurricane known to central Illinois folks as Rut
Band Spotlight
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 12:00 am
 Our Moscow-born, central Illinois-college educated and Los Angeles-residing singer-songwriter friend has a new album out. And with Nick Baker along to join in making music, Marina V is heading c

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