Now Playing 5-15-03
It's the middle of May, and we're flying high, heading for the edge of summer. Hang on--let's go.
The Blazers have been compared to Los Lobos time and again--and rightfully so. Both bands can roots-rock it or strum through traditional Mexican tunes with ease. The Blazers began in 1971 when high school buddies Ruben Guaderrama and Manuel "Manny" Gonzales got together in East L.A. to play rock 'n' roll and Latino tunes. Years later, the friends still perform the same mix of material, but now travel the world doing it. They recently signed with Little Dog Records--owned by famed Dwight Yoakum producer Pete Anderson--after several good years on Rounder Records. The "other band from east L.A.," as they jokingly refer to themselves, has performed in the capital city several times, including a stint on the Ethnic Village stage during the 2001 Illinois State Fair. They'll stop in town this Thursday, May 15, at the Underground City Tavern in the Hilton Springfield, with thelocal countrified cousins Moonlite Rhythm Rangers opening the gig at 9 p.m.
For a rare experience in Springfield, pop up to Jazz Central Station at the top of the Hilton on Friday and discover Treologic. Hopefully you can dig its "rich roots of Chicago hip-hop and jazz" and feel its "audio seduction," as claimed on Treologic's Web page. With a DJ, an MC, horns, and a band, the group could come close to fulfilling its cyber-claim. It'll certainly fill the room with sounds not heard before in this town.
Those wild-and-crazy cats in Hot Property are bustin' loose at the Ski and Boat Club this Saturday, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the first big whoop-ti-do at the lake. These fellas carry the party with them wherever they go and distribute it equitably throughout the lucky crowd so that everyone shares in the fun. Now it's your turn.
Hugh Moore, a new DJ on WQNA, is seeking "musicians, composers, actors, and snake oil salesmen" to fill time on a live show airing Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. The program, The Fly Over Zone, begins in June. I think he's kidding about the snake oil salesman, but if you are one, or even if you're one of the others, times are probably tough--contact Hugh at 566-3690 or firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know what you can do.
In the other airwave medium, we've got a TV program focusing on local music airing every Friday night at 12:30 a.m. and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. on WCFN-49 (cable channel 19). Alternate Tunings, produced by Brian Crowdson of Insight Media, is a half-hour program of performance and interview segments asking musicians the age-old question: why do you do this for so little money and lots of work? The band Sunspot is featured this week, and Quadrapet will be the focus on Memorial Day weekend.
If you're wandering downtown checking out the Old Capitol Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday, listen up for bands on the plaza.
Strap in, go with the flow, enjoy the ride, it'll all be over soon. Way too soon.