IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Sun, 23 Jul 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Explosive scenario http://illinoistimes.com/article-18905-explosive-scenario.html Explosive scenario
 This weekend the scene explodes, and I don’t know which way to go. All one can do is list as many happenings as possible that might slip under the radar and hope for the best.On Friday, singin...]]>
Fruit of the Amaranth Apple http://illinoistimes.com/article-18883-fruit-of-the-amaranth-apple.html Fruit of the Amaranth Apple
 Congrats to our friends Tammy and Larry for getting hitched on Saturday, hosting a reception at George Rank’s, then taking the party to the Amaranth Apple Festival in downtown Springfield. May...]]>
July on the move http://illinoistimes.com/article-18857-july-on-the-move.html July on the move
 Here we are rolling into July with a wheelbarrow full of entertainment goodies. Things are happening at an incredible pace, so hang on, keep updated and enjoy the goings on.Friday night brings u...]]>
Extended Fourth weekend http://illinoistimes.com/article-18834-extended-fourth-weekend.html Extended Fourth weekend
One could hardly ask for a better party set up than when a major holiday falls on a Tuesday. That makes a four-day weekend for those able to take off Monday, and from what I hear, lots of workers have...]]>
A visit with A.J. Croce http://illinoistimes.com/article-18808-a-visit-with-aj-croce.html A visit with A.J. Croce
 Generally, I try to cover lots of stuff going on each week, but every once in awhile, something begs for my entire space. This column is fully dedicated to singer, songwriter, pianist and musici...]]>
Fair music and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-18784-fair-music-and-more.html Fair music and more
 Here we go with the annual Sangamon County Fair entertainment plus many more doings around our fair city. Need I remind you that your job is, yet again, a difficult task when it comes down to de...]]>
Wise up to Dumb Fest http://illinoistimes.com/article-18753-wise-up-to-dumb-fest.html Wise up to Dumb Fest
 I hate to admit this to you, my friendly readers, but today my eyes would much rather be staring at beautiful blue skies than the blue screen of the Macbook in my lap. Let’s get to it, shall w...]]>
LoG in to help out http://illinoistimes.com/article-18741-log-in-to-help-out.html LoG in to help out
 Welcome to June of 2017. There’s a lot going on around here, so check out all the stuff in Illinois Times ads, the calendar, Pub Crawl and more. Then see if you can find the time to do it all....]]>
Memorable Memorial Day and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-18703-memorable-memorial-day-and-more.html Memorable Memorial Day and more
 Well, here we are, set to explore, exploit and explain another wonderful Memorial Day weekend full of fun and music. Let’s keep enough reverence to the reason for the celebration and respect t...]]>
Mid-May music making http://illinoistimes.com/article-18670-mid-may-music-making.html Mid-May music making
 Things are heating up weather-wise and in live music functions. All the outdoor venues are in full swing with the out-of-doors music festivals coming your way. Yippee!Thursday comes but once a w...]]>
More than a Fat Ass http://illinoistimes.com/article-18644-more-than-a-fat-ass.html More than a Fat Ass
 We’ve circled back around to Fat Ass time this weekend, as the popular event takes over the downtown area Friday night and Saturday day. But never fear, because along with your Fat Ass stuff,...]]>
Maybe music here http://illinoistimes.com/article-18624-maybe-music-here.html Maybe music here
 No maybe about it, the merry month of May is upon us, signaling the beginning of the summer music season and the conclusion of the spring one. Some venues now choose to end entertainment for the...]]>
So long April and Riverboat 5+1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18581-so-long-april-and-riverboat-5%252B1.html So long April and Riverboat 5+1
 Here we go, wrapping up April 2017 like it was nothing. But far from nothing is what’s going on around town. There are final gigs, first gigs, fun gigs, gigs galore, and so much more happening...]]>
Many music choices made http://illinoistimes.com/article-18557-many-music-choices-made.html Many music choices made
 I know, I know; I keep complaining about having so many things to go and see in town that one (or more) can hardly find the time to see the sights and hear the sounds. Well, you know, it could b...]]>
Feast or Easter http://illinoistimes.com/article-18529-feast-or-easter.html Feast or Easter
 Last week was so full I spent the whole dang column discussing Friday night shows. This week is not quite so busy, but it’s still a “Good” Friday, and there’s no stopping the action. Blu...]]>
Friday music making http://illinoistimes.com/article-18483-friday-music-making.html Friday music making
 If this falls on deaf ears, I suppose that we could turn a blind eye to it and move on. But let’s believe in all who listen and make the most of making music matter. Friday night’s “Pub Cr...]]>
March music into April http://illinoistimes.com/article-18456-march-music-into-april.html March music into April
 This has always been a favorite time of the year for me, partly because of the promise of April (say what you want, T. S. Eliot) and somewhat due to the fun of April Fools’ Day. So in celebrat...]]>
Lady Carole turns 7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18431-lady-carole-turns-7.html Lady Carole turns 7
 As I write this, I’m looking out the window into the beauteous out of doors, like a schoolkid or state worker begging the universe for something to happen that would legitimately allow respons...]]>
Music in March http://illinoistimes.com/article-18402-music-in-march.html Music in March
 In the aftermath of the St. Patty’s Day parade onslaught of live music all over town, I’m reminded of the real power of music to entertain and excite. Every time I think of all who are invol...]]>
Early Irish music http://illinoistimes.com/article-18376-early-irish-music.html Early Irish music
 With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday in 2017, our celebration of all things Irish and Celtic stretches for more than a week. Since the long-running St. Patrick’s Day Marching Band Para...]]>
March on the move http://illinoistimes.com/article-18348-march-on-the-move.html March on the move
 Perhaps the warming weather trend we’ve felt through February made it happen, but things do seem to be heating up early in the music community for 2017. Before you know it, birds will be singi...]]>
Friday February fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-18322-friday-february-fun.html Friday February fun
 Sometimes the stars align and everything happens at once. Without a doubt, that day is Friday, Feb. 24. Not to say that more wonderful and terrific music doesn’t happen on other days, because...]]>
Music makers converge http://illinoistimes.com/article-18296-music-makers-converge.html Music makers converge
 We are set for what looks like a fine week for unseasonably warm weather and incredibly good music. These next two weekends closing out February are brimming with music makers making music for y...]]>
Beyond the bars http://illinoistimes.com/article-18276-beyond-the-bars.html Beyond the bars
 We spend a lot of time covering the nightclubs in this column, and rightfully so, since a good deal of our live music scene stems from gigs in the bars. But bands and artists continue to make mu...]]>
February findings http://illinoistimes.com/article-18229-february-findings.html February findings
 Here comes fantastic February, finely focused on the “fickle finger of fate” as they used to say on “Laugh-In.” Oh my, that will date some of us; but the “F’s” are flying in Februa...]]>
January jams are open http://illinoistimes.com/article-18203-january-jams-are-open.html January jams are open
 Well, that month seemed to fly by. Maybe it was the political activities keeping things moving or the ice scare one weekend followed by temps in the mid-60s the next. Whatever is going on, 2017...]]>
Show me shows http://illinoistimes.com/article-18171-show-me-shows.html Show me shows
 We survived the great ice scare of last weekend with a few cancellations and a little rescheduling, which resulted in bonus attendance at the gigs that remained, attended by brave and reckless s...]]>
Bands on the run http://illinoistimes.com/article-18148-bands-on-the-run.html Bands on the run
 It looks like we are on the move again; all the bars and clubs and taverns and wineries are up to snuff and booked to the gills. Not only are the venues jamming, but all kinds of music makers ar...]]>
New New Year’s news http://illinoistimes.com/article-18129-new-new-year%25E2%2580%2599s-news.html New New Year’s news
 Well, here we are in 2017, and don’t you know it, it will be 2018 before you know it. I know, I know, don’t say things like that, but, as some folks say, it’s better than the alternative....]]>
New Year’s news http://illinoistimes.com/article-18095-new-year%25E2%2580%2599s-news.html New Year’s news
 There’s something about the New Year beginning as the old fades away that requires some introspection and retrospection, along with an inspection of the process of getting from here to there....]]>