Now Playing 2-13-03
Two holidays in one week, yahoo! Now how does this affect you, the bar-going music lover? Read on to find out.
It's the sweetheart of deals on Friday when St. Valentine bestows his blessing upon lovers of all kinds. Take your honey dancing at the Eagles Club on E. Ash, where you can swing to the big-band sounds of Springfield mainstay Bobby Remack from 7 to 10 p.m. If it's more of a Dave Matthews-like groove your babycakes is into, the Station jams like a jam band all night long at Dempsey's, 225 E. Monroe. The guys from Chatham keep the heart working and the blood pumping with plenty of perky originals and quirky covers. Down the street in Bread Stretcher's, on Fourth and Monroe, it's the "Valentine's Triple Bypass Music Showcase" at 8 p.m. The all-ages venue hosts Sea Power, Resident Genius, Closer to Me, and an acoustic performance by Sam West that will open your heart to all kinds of possibilities. If you dare, take your beloved to Norb Andy's and ask Rick Dunham for your favorite Elvis love song. ("Can't Help Falling in Love" is always a winner, guys.) She may love you forever or for a while. Well, bless my heart, it's Black Magic Johnson at 9:30 p.m. on Friday night at the Brewhaus, churning out the blues beats with the regularity of a pacemaker. Over at Spillway Lanes, you can take your pet bowling, then catch Live Wire in the lounge from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., playing classic rock with all their hearts.
On Saturday night, Viele's Planet hires the Pimps to sing about the lovely things in life, and boy do they ever. Opening the show at 10 p.m. is Harmony Riley, the band of the sons of Cheap Trickster Rick Nielsen. Both groups rock hard, groove well, and live in Rockford. Robbie Fulks, the lovable lunk, labeled alt-country leader by the press, rolls into the Underground City Tavern at the Hilton on Saturday with his mostly electric band; Randy Erwin, yodeler supreme, cowboy-song junkie, and recent Springfield transplant, opens the show at 9 p.m. The mysterious blues duo Hipbone Sam and Bad Bill blow into Fat Willy's in Chatham from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Word has it they have a few surprise guests lined up to help rock the house. (If I told you who, it wouldn't be a surprise).
Now about that other holiday: Monday is President's Day, so if you have one of those jobs that honors federal and state holidays, you can head out for a little Sunday night entertainment. The highly recommended show is Exorna at Bernie and Betty's Pizza, 1101 Spring, from 8 to 10 p.m. The Celtic band (no Celtic rock here) actually has a native of Northern Ireland in the group (Hi, Vic) and plays traditional instruments and songs. Come get a taste of the green and the orange.
Now get out and see some live music before you break my heart in two.