IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Sun, 23 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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 ...]]>
Music galore http://illinoistimes.com/article-14110-music-galore.html Music galore
 As we wrap up the last weekend in June 2104 (just so you know how fast we’re spinning), the bands are back and the bars (and other venues) are booming. Let’s take a look-see.Back in the earl...]]>
Festival and fair fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14082-festival-and-fair-fun.html Festival and fair fun
 Man oh man, the festivals are overflowing, the fair is happening and the warm season is here in all its music glory. Here we go with fun times in the summertime.Such sweet dreams roll around in...]]>
Dad’s big weekend http://illinoistimes.com/article-14054-dad%25E2%2580%2599s-big-weekend.html Dad’s big weekend
 We have so much going on this week I don’t even have time or space to…The SOHO washout last Saturday sure disappointed hundreds of folks, including musicians, fans, charities and organizers....]]>
The Romantics http://illinoistimes.com/article-14028-the-romantics.html The Romantics
 Who among us have not heard the songs “Talking in Your Sleep” or “What I Like About You” by The Romantics? Not merely huge hits for this long-lived, much-maligned and now utterly enjoyed...]]>
SOHO turns 10 and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-14029-soho-turns-10-and-more.html SOHO turns 10 and more
 Here we are roaring into June as the music begins to pile up all over town. Decisions must be made as to where to attend. I pity the poor music goer forced to make such hard choices.The SOHO fes...]]>
May into June music http://illinoistimes.com/article-13998-may-into-june-music.html May into June music
 As we wrap up the end of May music scene, things are hopping and happening all over the place. With June on the rise we’ve got the SOHO Music Fest downtown on June 6 and 7, The Romantics at th...]]>
Decoration Day revisited http://illinoistimes.com/article-13967-decoration-day-revisited.html Decoration Day revisited
 Why, hello Memorial Day weekend! How in the world did you get here so fast? Bookended by Labor Day weekend in the fall, this three-day run, for some American workers (others are working harder t...]]>
Making mid-May music http://illinoistimes.com/article-13932-making-mid-may-music.html Making mid-May music
 As foretold and promised in recent accounts here in this column, May is heating up musically almost as much as the weather did last week. Even though the current outside temps seem to indicate a...]]>
More music in May http://illinoistimes.com/article-13902-more-music-in-may.html More music in May
 Maybe it’s just me, but May seems to be chock-full of more music than you can shake a stick at. Hopefully with the nice weather and all, you’ve picked up all the sticks in your yard so you a...]]>