IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Fri, 30 Jan 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Through January http://illinoistimes.com/article-15026-through-january.html Through January
 Here we are at the end of the first month of 2015. I don’t know whether to celebrate, contemplate, circumnavigate, perpetrate, deflate or inflate, so let’s just investigate further.Start you...]]>
Thawing time thoughts http://illinoistimes.com/article-15015-thawing-time-thoughts.html Thawing time thoughts
 There’s nothing like a balmy January break from freezing temps to encourage us to wander from our warm caves for a hot time listening to cool music.First, we send our condolences and sympathy...]]>
Tennessee connection http://illinoistimes.com/article-14966-tennessee-connection.html Tennessee connection
 Prepare yourself for plenty of local action as clubs are filled with area bands this weekend. But a deeper look shows a Tennessee tie to the local scene now and in recent weeks.Nashville may be...]]>
Very, very January http://illinoistimes.com/article-14949-very-very-january.html Very, very January
 Hip, hip hooray, it’s now January and that means we’ve made it to another year. Let’s wish, believe and know that 2015 will be full of great shows with something new, old and everything in...]]>
Happy new music year http://illinoistimes.com/article-14917-happy-new-music-year.html Happy new music year
 Welcome one and all to the beginning of 2015 and our last big blast of 2014. New Year’s Eve has long been a night of celebration and one that nearly always includes live music. This year we ha...]]>
Mid-holiday happenings http://illinoistimes.com/article-14891-mid-holiday-happenings.html Mid-holiday happenings
 The ‘tween time from Christmas to New Year’s can often be an exciting part of the local music scene. With the weekend falling directly after the big day on Thursday, we receive another holid...]]>
Pre-Christmas goings on http://illinoistimes.com/article-14842-pre-christmas-goings-on.html Pre-Christmas goings on
 Hold onto to your holiday hats everyone; we are in for a wild and wooly ride down entertainment row as the gigs pile up like presents under some lucky folks Christmas tree. Congratulations are i...]]>
December doings http://illinoistimes.com/article-14816-december-doings.html December doings
 Here we are moving through December like a kid through presents on Christmas morning. Per usual, we have a diverse and dandy assortment of doings to share with you this week.Word on the street s...]]>
Thanksgiving eve evening http://illinoistimes.com/article-14755-thanksgiving-eve-evening.html Thanksgiving eve evening
 For years now, I’ve been preaching that Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar and club party night of the calendar year in the United States of America. Those in the know already knew, but in th...]]>
The season of Hurricane Ruth http://illinoistimes.com/article-14722-the-season-of-hurricane-ruth.html The season of Hurricane Ruth
 As a working blues-rock artist, if you’ve had Willie Dixon, one of the most profound, prolific and professional blues guys of all time quoted as saying, “You’re the only hurricane I can ap...]]>
Weekend workings http://illinoistimes.com/article-14695-weekend-workings.html Weekend workings
 The skies may go gray and the world darkens as November seeps into the soul, but look for enlightenment and excitement – or at least a drink and live music – in your bar of choice this weeke...]]>
Rhonda and the rest http://illinoistimes.com/article-14663-rhonda-and-the-rest.html Rhonda and the rest
 The first full weekend in November comes roaring in like it has nothing to do but impress us with an exciting and full plate of entertainment goodies to drop in our collective laps. Let’s get...]]>
Hello Halloweeners http://illinoistimes.com/article-14648-hello-halloweeners.html Hello Halloweeners
 Welcome ghouls, goblins, guys and gals to the terribly terrifying world of the Springfield bar music scene during Halloween season. I say season, because with the Friday night appearance of the...]]>
Brewhaus celebration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14612-brewhaus-celebration.html Brewhaus celebration
 There’s something about approaching late October that I always look forward to experiencing. It’s the smell of the cooling air, the feel of warming sunshine, leaves turning and falling in sw...]]>
October Oddities http://illinoistimes.com/article-14584-october-oddities.html October Oddities
 Many a word spent here in this column relates to our bar scene, where much of the live music happens in Springfield. Hence the “oddities” comment in our headline describing these out-of-bar...]]>
Girl-A-Thon and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-14555-girl-a-thon-and-more.html Girl-A-Thon and more
 Many wonderful shows are happening this weekend on the music front from bar gigs to outdoor festivals. If we can visit a few here now, then you can go in person later.Before we go another word,...]]>
October falls into line http://illinoistimes.com/article-14525-october-falls-into-line.html October falls into line
 What’s shaping up in the fall music market? Let’s go see and hear what we can see and hear.Up first on the list, let’s welcome our friends from Venice (the band, silly, not the city or the...]]>
Following the fall music http://illinoistimes.com/article-14497-following-the-fall-music.html Following the fall music
Welcome to autumn. As the leaves begin to turn, keep your ears open for some good music to go along with the changing of the seasons.When Jacksonville blues musician Robert Sampson plays at Casey’s...]]>
Johnnie, Johns, Jerry http://illinoistimes.com/article-14485-johnnie-johns-jerry.html Johnnie, Johns, Jerry
 Saddle up for a September romp through the wilds of Springfield’s music entertainment scene. Never a dull moment here, but plenty of sharp sounding shows, for sure.Johnnie Owens, designated in...]]>
September selections http://illinoistimes.com/article-14431-september-selections.html September selections
 Here we go again, sailing off into the wild blue music yonder. This week we offer you a fantastic and fabulous, veritable cornucopia of live music choices for the middle of September making this...]]>
September daze http://illinoistimes.com/article-14404-september-daze.html September daze
 Here we are a-moseying along through 2014 like nobody’s business, knocking on autumn’s door with a full week of September live music shows in our laps. The fairs are over, school is in sessi...]]>
Labors of love http://illinoistimes.com/article-14378-labors-of-love.html Labors of love
 As the Labor Day weekend approaches, the common calendar says to bade the summer season goodbye and begin our autumn adventures. Labor Day proper, always the first Monday in September, falls on...]]>
Bass, blues, folk, fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14345-bass-blues-folk-fun.html Bass, blues, folk, fun
 Good heavens! Just when you think there’s nothing to do, there’s more than ever before. Here we go with a jam-packed weekend of assorted happenings.Here’s a snippet of Thursday events. Oti...]]>
Fair enough http://illinoistimes.com/article-14311-fair-enough.html Fair enough
 The large and looming presence of the Illinois State Fair continues shadowing all our entertainment choices for the upcoming weekend. As the fair winds down on Sunday, live music rules the roost...]]>
It’s not all fair http://illinoistimes.com/article-14282-it%25E2%2580%2599s-not-all-fair.html It’s not all fair
The Illinois State Fair cannot be denied. When the corn dogs and lemon shake-ups hit town, Springfield becomes a different place. Hotels are at capacity, bars can stay open until 3 a.m. and restaurant...]]>
Down at Downhome http://illinoistimes.com/article-14253-down-at-downhome.html Down at Downhome
 You simply cannot understand the great joy that I and others of my age feel about the wonderful collection of warm weather, downtown music festivals now available for public consumption. We fond...]]>
Ending with a bang http://illinoistimes.com/article-14219-ending-with-a-bang.html Ending with a bang
As we wind down July, the events pile up. Here’s a mere partial listing of the many wondrous happenings for this week in the Springfield area.On Friday, Bar None hosts a memorial music night for the...]]>
July jam gems http://illinoistimes.com/article-14188-july-jam-gems.html July jam gems
 I’m glad I’m not in town this weekend (we’re playing the Belgium Beer and Mussels Festival at Schlafly’s Tap Room in St. Louis – personal plug!) only because the wide and wonderful mus...]]>
Tasting, tasting 1, 2, 3 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14160-tasting-tasting-1-2-3.html Tasting, tasting 1, 2, 3
As we move into our second year of mostly local artists as our Taste of Downtown entertainment, look for more jazz, soul, funk, Latin, blues and less Americana roots-styles. In a very nice grouping of...]]>
In-between Independence Days http://illinoistimes.com/article-14136-in-between-independence-days.html In-between Independence Days
 Here’s one thing on that Declaration of Independence stuff, in case you need some trivia tidbits to carry you through the holiday happenings. As Mr. Howie Baird, our delightfully cantankerous ...]]>