IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Fri, 18 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Don’t skip national record store day http://illinoistimes.com/article-13763-don%25E2%2580%2599t-skip-national-record-store-day.html Don’t skip national record store day
 It’s that time of year again when we celebrate on an international level a great holiday of profound importance to the world. Well, yes, there’s Passover and Easter, too, but I was referring...]]>
Here comes the sun and the shows http://illinoistimes.com/article-13723-here-comes-the-sun-and-the-shows.html Here comes the sun and the shows
 If there was no other way to tell the turning of the seasons than by careful observation of the local music scene, one might become as knowledgeable as the ancients were in noticing and identify...]]>
No fooling around this April http://illinoistimes.com/article-13692-no-fooling-around-this-april.html No fooling around this April
Oh, how I wait for April Fools’ Day to fall on a Thursday again. But alas and alack, we have a few years left to go. So I won’t announce that Recycled Records has relocated to White Oaks Mall inha...]]>
Bedrock 66 Live! moves http://illinoistimes.com/article-13661-bedrock-66-live_-moves.html Bedrock 66 Live! moves
 Some 14 years ago, at the birth of the new millennium (wow, that sounds exciting), Sean and Jamie Burns decided to start a music performance organization. After years of traveling to see favorit...]]>
Springtime is a-coming http://illinoistimes.com/article-13642-springtime-is-a-coming.html Springtime is a-coming
 Whether the weather acts like it or not, spring is officially here. At this point, even calling the season “spring,” however the weather, is a relief, if not an actual respite. Fortunately,...]]>
Saint Pat’s party http://illinoistimes.com/article-13614-saint-pat%25E2%2580%2599s-party.html Saint Pat’s party
 I imagine for many celebrating during Saturday’s Saint Patrick’s Day Marching Band Parade and on through the weekend to Saint Patrick’s Day proper on Monday, March 17, much of the history...]]>
March in the meantime http://illinoistimes.com/article-13560-march-in-the-meantime.html March in the meantime
 Just one week into March and perhaps the big thaw is here, but whether or not, there are plenty of events to experience in the meantime as we patiently (all right, already) wait for the warmth o...]]>
Music marches on http://illinoistimes.com/article-13534-music-marches-on.html Music marches on
 As we wrap up another February, March looks to be a fun-filled month of entertainment options. Anchored by Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day as party-pleasers, several other unrelated concerts...]]>
Eric ‘Guitar’ Davis - A tribute to the bluesman with ties to Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-13505-eric-%25E2%2580%2598guitar%25E2%2580%2599-davis.html Eric ‘Guitar’ Davis - A tribute to the bluesman with ties to Springfield
 As our country continues somehow to confuse the constitutional right to bear arms against a tyrannical enemy with an individual right to use weapons when the mood arises for pleasing personal pa...]]>
Springfield wherever you go http://illinoistimes.com/article-13470-springfield-wherever-you-go.html Springfield wherever you go
 A week ago, I was in sunny central Florida (it actually was 55 and raining most of the time) playing a few shows with friends. I’m glad to be back and I’d like to thank Ken Carlyle, Patrick...]]>
The open mics are open http://illinoistimes.com/article-13447-the-open-mics-are-open.html The open mics are open
 This is a great time of year to get yourself out and off to one of the many open mics playing at various venues in the area. If you’re not familiar with the notion, it’s easy and goes like t...]]>
Cornucopia of concert conundrums http://illinoistimes.com/article-13417-cornucopia-of-concert-conundrums.html Cornucopia of concert conundrums
If anyone felt that the end of January, first of February time span would leave us Springfieldians desperate for music entertainment, just check that feeble feeling at the door. There’s plenty to do...]]>
Music relief for winter weather woes http://illinoistimes.com/article-13403-music-relief-for-winter-weather-woes.html Music relief for winter weather woes
 Oh my, isn’t that snow so pretty as it falls from the sky? Then how quickly it becomes ugly as we deal with the removal of said snow in order to continue our regular existence. There’s plent...]]>
January heats up http://illinoistimes.com/article-13365-january-heats-up.html January heats up
 With so many cool events this weekend, there’s no time to be cute or clever, so let’s get right to the meat of the matter and proclaim the host of happenings going on.First on the list comes...]]>
A cool event and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-13338-a-cool-event-and-more.html A cool event and more
 With the great freeze out of 2014 soon becoming a mushy thaw of a memory, it’s time to put the unfortunate show cancellations behind us and move on in earnest with live music in the new year....]]>
New Year news http://illinoistimes.com/article-13305-new-year-news.html New Year news
 Welcome to good-old, brand-new 2014, folks. Glad you could make it. To quote a favorite songwriter of mine, Greg Brown of Iowa way, “who woulda thunk it?” But here we are and here we go with...]]>
So much for 2013 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13295-so-much-for-2013.html So much for 2013
 Here are a few observations on the past year, which seemed very much like a fast year as well. From what I can recollect, we had a good season of outdoor events. Not only did we produce a whole ...]]>
Come together over something http://illinoistimes.com/article-13246-come-together-over-something.html Come together over something
 Just as families reunite during the holiday season, it appears that bands do, too. Among many other exciting events this weekend, we have a few get back-togethers to report.I guess this one is r...]]>
Time for giving it up http://illinoistimes.com/article-13212-time-for-giving-it-up.html Time for giving it up
 Yes, the holiday season is upon us in full force with ads, snow, ads, parties, ads, lights, and did I mentions ads? One thing for sure, this time of year folks seem to not only unlock the pocket...]]>
Loud Clouds http://illinoistimes.com/article-13181-loud-clouds.html Loud Clouds
 When Chris and Joann Trudeau attended a concert that Chris described as “ear-hurting,” they thought, if the people listening could also participate, the outcome of the music might be better....]]>
Goings on galore http://illinoistimes.com/article-13182-goings-on-galore.html Goings on galore
 Sporting a double album of new material and just off from a tour of the Netherlands, after a summer on the road singing backups for Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame, the band Venice stops by town...]]>
Thanks for Thanksgiving http://illinoistimes.com/article-13155-thanks-for-thanksgiving.html Thanks for Thanksgiving
 The one thing we often forget to be thankful for at Thanksgiving is the holiday itself. That may sound silly or redundant, but that one little day on the fourth Thursday in November, set aside b...]]>
A Wolfe, bells and the blues http://illinoistimes.com/article-13134-a-wolfe-bells-and-the-blues.html A Wolfe, bells and the blues
 We’re closing in on Thanksgiving, and therefore Thanksgiving Eve, that best and biggest bar-party night of the year. The weekend before gives us pause to be thankful as well. Welcome to the di...]]>
The ides of November are upon us http://illinoistimes.com/article-13095-the-ides-of-november-are-upon-us.html The ides of November are upon us
 Here we are marching along through mid-November, with a first, fleeting snow behind us announcing the awakening of winter. The music is heating up, though, and that’s a warming thought to thaw...]]>
Johnnie Owens can sing http://illinoistimes.com/article-13060-johnnie-owens-can-sing.html Johnnie Owens can sing

Now a renowned and beloved Springfield-based singer, Johnnie Owens’ voice and talent took him around the world in his younger days. Earlier this week we tried to cover his lifetime in music during an hour conversation while listening to his new CD Butter! in the background at his apartment on Second Street.

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Micky and the Motorcars http://illinoistimes.com/article-13061-micky-and-the-motorcars.html Micky and the Motorcars

If you’re familiar with Midwest music clubs, then you’ve heard of Mojo’s in Columbia, Mo., Knucklehead’s in Kansas City and Off Broadway in St. Louis, the other venues Micky and the Motorcars play during a roll through the prairie.

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This “Best of” business http://illinoistimes.com/article-13026-this-%25E2%2580%259Cbest-of%25E2%2580%259D-business.html This “Best of” business
 Long before I wrote for Illinois Times, for a couple of years I was up very early every Thursday to deliver thousands of freshly pressed papers to make an extra buck or two. The Best of Springfi...]]>
Halloween happenings http://illinoistimes.com/article-12994-halloween-happenings.html Halloween happenings
 Silly me, I was thinking of writing my column on Halloween stuff next week so it would come out on the day proper, but, as I should have remembered, all the goings on come the weekend before a h...]]>
A true Fulks hero http://illinoistimes.com/article-12962-a-true-fulks-hero.html A true Fulks hero
 The latest piece of provocative songwriting and innovative instrumentation from Chicago-based musician and artist Robbie Fulks, Gone Away Backward, received critical and fan acclaim for the folk...]]>
Girl-a-Thon again http://illinoistimes.com/article-12927-girl-a-thon-again.html Girl-a-Thon again
 Wow, what a wonderful time of year! I just spent an afternoon picking apples and now get to spend months eating them. I’m okay with that. Lot’s of goodies this weekend with the entertainment...]]>