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Thursday, May 22, 2003 02:20 pm

Now Playing 5-22-03

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It's Funky Michael Coleman tearing through a scorching set of Chicago blues. Catch him with the Backbreakers, 9 p.m., Friday, at the Underground City Tavern.

Come on in. Sit a spell. Or conjure up a night of music and merriment, compliments of the Springfield nightlife.

If blues are your bag, rest easy, my friend--for now. You'll need your strength to catch all the shows in town this week.

On Friday the Underground City Tavern kicks off the unofficial blues bonanza with Paul Coleman and the Backbreakers. Selected as one of the top 50 bluesmen by Guitar World magazine, Coleman has played with Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Joe Cocker, and Steve Miller, to name just a few. Since 1991, the Chicago guitar slinger has carved a niche for himself and the Backbreakers by opening for the likes of B.B King, Robert Cray, and Koko Taylor, while playing concerts and festivals all over the Western world.

On Saturday, Shirley King, the daughter of blues great B.B King, rolls into American Legion Post 809 for a demonstration of her genetically acquired talent. The self-designated "Daughter of the Blues" creates her own sound by mixing soul and funk into the sets of expected Chicago blues.

Then on Monday at the Illinois Central Blues Club's Blue Monday Jam Nick Moss and the Flip Tops host the show with special guest pianist, Barrelhouse Chuck. Moss, another Chicago guitarist, was just nominated for a 2003 W.C. Handy Award, the greatest badge of honor in the blues world. The awards will be presented on May 22, so Mr. Moss will be walking into the Alamo after possibly being named the "Best New Artist." He will also have a recently released CD, Count Your Blessings, for your perusal.

Not enough yet? Good, 'cause Springfield's favorite Jezebel of the blues, the lascivious Candye Kane, is set to swing into Jazz Central Station at the Springfield Hilton on Wednesday with local openers Mojo Jones. Ms. Kane is singing and swinging across the country, from her home in San Diego to a June 10 CD release party in New York City, celebrating, Whole Lotta Love, her newest disk. Whew, that's a lot of blues and they're all different. Imagine that.

Also on Saturday, Springfield rockers Quadrapet announce to the world the birth of their new CD, Quadraphonic. Take a cyberspace trip to quadrapet.com and listen to the music, read the lyrics, and check out the inspirations behind the songs. From the sing-a-long pop tune "Gag Reflex" to the not-so-happy "Happy" to the perplexing mood piece "The Damnation of the Effervescent Stank Monkey," the disk is full of odd sounds, sweet harmony vocals, and melodic riffs. There's goofy humor, good musicianship, and clean recording all from a local band that is doing it themselves. On the bill with the Qs is Honest Pod, a fun-loving group from Decatur with a new CD of their very own, and Neptune Crush, a good looking and good sounding St. Louis favorite.

Have yourself a memorable Memorial Day weekend.