IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin Sun, 29 Nov 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Thanks for music Thanks for music
 As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday and ensuing weekend, please remember to add music to your list of items to be thankful for this year and all the time. Take a moment to actually notice...]]>
Reuniting with Ruth Reuniting with Ruth
 We finally got the “cold and gray November days,” as grandma always called them, but inside our cozy venues, the music keeps us warm and dry, hopping and hopeful.Our first order of the day,...]]>
Music matters most Music matters most
 Ah, November comes and I feel the sadness and sorrow in my bones, even with these wonderful, extra sunny days. That normal slowing down of fall combined with the time change just knocked me for...]]>
Sangamon Auditorium Sangamon Auditorium
 Along with our listings of usual and incredible music shows around town this week, we have an apology to make and an award to give. In last week’s Best of Springfield issue we inadvertently le...]]>
Happy Halloweeners Happy Halloweeners
 Always a big night for music, Halloween weekend 2015 seems extra special as All Hallow’s Eve lands on a Saturday. There will be plenty of parties, costumes, prizes, music and merrymaking in th...]]>
Octobering for music Octobering for music
 I don’t know why, but this weekend shows up like a who’s who of what’s happening here, there and everywhere. Tough choices lie on the entertainment table.Let’s start when Chris Miller, t...]]>
Mid-October music Mid-October music
 Welcome all to the Ides of October and beyond. We have a few lingering festivals, plenty of diverse performers and a bushel basket full of local regulars playing the scene.By now the Cubs/Cards...]]>
Girls, gardens and grooves Girls, gardens and grooves
 Things just keep rolling along with more excitement and entertainment than you can shake a stick at – if you were so inclined to shake a stick at something.With all kinds of crafts, vendors an...]]>
Blues, BBQ and other news Blues, BBQ and other news
 Let’s enjoy our lovely October while we can, shall we?After last year’s blistering heat fest during the end of August, the Downtown Springfield, Inc. folks decided to bring the Old Capitol B...]]>
Starting fall music Starting fall music
 The sounds come gushing this weekend from all directions as we plunge into official autumn while finishing off September and the summer with a splash. From here, there and everywhere flows music...]]>
September music sizzles September music sizzles
 Our happening little scene in Springfield continues to burn up the music atmosphere at an incredible rate. Here we go on a trip through marvelous music-making mayhem.Congratulations to the Black...]]>
Bustin’ out all over Bustin’ out all over
 Oh my goodness, where do we begin? TheSeptember run on getting all the happenings in before autumn falls upon us is in full swing. Look out!The Krannert Center at the University of Illinois Urba...]]>
Music labors Music labors
 As we roll into the end-of-summertime weekend anchored by Labor Day on Monday, this seems like a good spot to reflect on an eventful summer of great music and incredible events. Sorry, though, w...]]>
Clayville music and more Clayville music and more
 Now that the 2015 Illinois State Fair is in the books we travel on to other exciting events around the town. Look out world, here we come!I didn’t feel a huge rush at the fair this year in eit...]]>
More than fair More than fair
 As we head into the second and final weekend of the 2015 Illinois State Fair, the dust has settled, the corn dogs are setting low and the beer tents are settling in with bands aplenty. Add all t...]]>
Fair time Fair time
 It’s back. The Illinois State Fair comes to town for ten days of entertainment, excitement, exasperation, excrement (sorry, but the livestock, you know) and all around endeavors of intrepid Il...]]>
Festival festivities Festival festivities
 This weekend brings us festivals galore, bands all over town and a happening ALS benefit. Just around the calendar corner comes the Illinois State Fair and all the entertainment excitement it br...]]>
A blue moon weekend A blue moon weekend
 I’m not sure if you can stretch a blue moon, like the one this Friday, the only one in 2015, into an entire weekend, but if you’re willing to go along with this cockamamie idea, so am I.Most...]]>
Music makes a mark Music makes a mark
 This week brings us all kinds of styles, variations, moods and muses of music. Surely somewhere in there is a spot for you. Let us proceed to discover something for everyone.Friday night holds a...]]>
Mid-July roundup Mid-July roundup
 Welcome friends, to mid-July in central Illinois as the music heats up right along with the local weather. This week features record release parties and fundraisers, closely related events in na...]]>
Hoedown and throwdown Hoedown and throwdown
 Per usual, the music calendar is bursting at the seams like a fine fellow finishing off a bacon-bettered food item, such as those available downtown this weekend. Friday brings Indiana singer-so...]]>
Independence Day in music Independence Day in music
 As we celebrate the Independence Day of our country this weekend, let’s enjoy the diverse and delightful expanse of our musical landscape and the independence we have to choose music from many...]]>
June in June in
 Welcome to the wonderful world of live music and related things in the Springfield area at the end of June. Let’s get to it, shall we?Check out the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for Sala, an...]]>
Dave’s back and more Dave’s back and more
 From the Sangamon County Fair with hot country acts at the Grandstand and top local cover bands in the beer tents, to the Artist on the Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday at noon on the south side...]]>
June doings June doings
 Here we go on a romp through the early summertime music adventures. Outdoors, indoors, coming home, homecomings, fundraisers, hell-raisers, queens of color, queens of burlesque, old guys, new tr...]]>
SOHO, blues and more SOHO, blues and more
 Welcome to the first weekend of June in 2015. If you wish your days be filled with music and your nights too, things appear to be working in your favor.SOHO 11 is the big music event this weeken...]]>
End of May music End of May music
 Now that the Memorial Day weekend festivities and commemorations are past, let’s turn our attention to the summer ahead as the outdoor activities heat up. Last week I mentioned the recent pass...]]>
The Smoking Flowers The Smoking Flowers
 Up from East Nashville, Tenn., here come Kim and Scott Collins, a “husband-wife, Americana/garage, rock/indie, folk duo” out in support of a new record. Married now for 15-some years, they f...]]>
Memorable Memorial music Memorable Memorial music
 I’m not even going to bring up the fact that we’re already at Memorial Day weekend for 2015. But let’s talk about all the music happening this weekend and beyond, enjoying that we are here...]]>
May music blossoms May music blossoms
 Looks like we are getting our April showers in May, so look up and leave the rain dances at home as this weekend pours in with four area outdoor festivals presenting live music at the forefront ...]]>