IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Tue, 30 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Fests and the rest http://illinoistimes.com/article-17607-fests-and-the-rest.html Fests and the rest
 Here we go to that special place in time between the state fair whirlwind and Labor Day weekend, on the cusp where summer meets the fall. The Old Capitol Blues and BBQ festival, voted the best f...]]>
Fair to middlin’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-17569-fair-to-middlin%25E2%2580%2599.html Fair to middlin’
 As we wind our way through the second Thursday of the Illinois State Fair, let’s see what we can find to do at the fair and otherwise. Fair enough?With the wet and wild washout last Friday and...]]>
More than fair http://illinoistimes.com/article-17544-more-than-fair.html More than fair
 Here comes the Illinois State Fair, ready or not. Not long ago, many wondered if the fair would even happen with all the state budget nonsense but never fear, folks, the fair is here.Due to the...]]>
August music awes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17522-august-music-awes.html August music awes
 After the super summer so far, you might think we’d be slowing down a bit but things look to be charging full speed ahead into those august days of August. Onward into the music, my friends.I�...]]>
Downhome and doings http://illinoistimes.com/article-17503-downhome-and-doings.html Downhome and doings
 Ready or not, here comes the last weekend in July 2016, jam-packed with all kinds of cool music events to make the time fly by even faster.The sixth annual Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival...]]>
Hot dang music http://illinoistimes.com/article-17468-hot-dang-music.html Hot dang music
 Is it hot enough for you? If I hear that phrase one more time … Anyway, onward to the music, please.In the parade of weekend festivals that comes each July in our community, the Downtown Sprin...]]>
Bright, shiny music http://illinoistimes.com/article-17445-bright-shiny-music.html Bright, shiny music
 The future sure looks bright, but maybe not bright enough to wear shades, as Pat McDonald once informed us. Did you know Timbuk3, Pat’s duo with his then-wife plus a tape player (they did that...]]>
July jingle jangles http://illinoistimes.com/article-17437-july-jingle-jangles.html July jingle jangles
 With one of the strangest weather periods for a Fourth of July weekend that I can remember behind us, we look forward to that good, old, hot and humid, central Illinois summertime.Here’s a qui...]]>
July music is here http://illinoistimes.com/article-17402-july-music-is-here.html July music is here
 Happy upcoming Fourth of July! When America’s Independence Day lands on a Monday, many folks receive a generous gift of a three-day weekend and maybe more. Those of us in the music business fi...]]>
June bugs me http://illinoistimes.com/article-17365-june-bugs-me.html June bugs me
 Well, June doesn’t really bug me, except it’s one of my favorite months and goes by so quickly. Plus, I wanted to get a June bug reference in since I haven’t seen many in 2016. Now, let’...]]>
June jams http://illinoistimes.com/article-17351-june-jams.html June jams
 Welcome to mid-June in central Illinois. The weather is heating up along with the music scene, save for the occasional thundershower that washes out a performance.Here comes the Sangamon County...]]>
Music blooms in June http://illinoistimes.com/article-17307-music-blooms-in-june.html Music blooms in June
 What wonderful weather we’ve been blessed with this week. Let’s hope the atmospheric conditions continue for a bit to get us through the wonderful music we’ve been given as well.The weeken...]]>
SOHO and so much more http://illinoistimes.com/article-17281-soho-and-so-much-more.html SOHO and so much more
 This week, music brings the SOHO Music Festival to downtown. There are also a few other big-time happenings, a bunch of cool regular stuff and a grievous occasion.We are so sad to tell of the pa...]]>
MMDW music http://illinoistimes.com/article-17259-mmdw-music.html MMDW music
 The above headline translates into “Memorable Memorial Day Weekend music” by my calculations, but feel free to make it into anything you want. All I know is we are in for one of the most inc...]]>
Local likings http://illinoistimes.com/article-17231-local-likings.html Local likings
 You hear a lot (or at least I do) about the burgeoning and flourishing Springfield music scene. People talk about how musicians play well together with excellent, diverse and progressing musicia...]]>
All that HS jazz http://illinoistimes.com/article-17190-all-that-hs-jazz.html All that HS jazz
 As we march through the merry month of May, live music is on the upswing at several venues, including indoor-outdoor music gardens, as the weather lightens up full time.For a spectacular event o...]]>
May music is here http://illinoistimes.com/article-17163-may-music-is-here.html May music is here
 The lovely month of May, often praised in song and poetry with good reason, brings us all the promise of a fruitful season of lovely live music to come in the summer months ahead.The Alamo in Ch...]]>
April into May music http://illinoistimes.com/article-17144-april-into-may-music.html April into May music
Another tough weekend lies ahead for Springfield music fans, but only for making choices (not in a lack of entertainment offerings). Things start on Thursday night when The Curve Inn hosts Black Queen...]]>
Earth Day music http://illinoistimes.com/article-17102-earth-day-music.html Earth Day music
 Though it is celebrated on April 22, every day is Earth Day to me. Of all the holidays celebrated in all the civilizations, societies and cultures on our planet, Earth Day is the one that really...]]>
Taxing music http://illinoistimes.com/article-17087-taxing-music.html Taxing music
 As we get through the ides of April, U.S. income tax due day and likely a few other eventful events this weekend, the music keeps coming, as inevitable as death and taxes.I don’t even want to...]]>
April music showers http://illinoistimes.com/article-17052-april-music-showers.html April music showers
 As we stroll along the boulevard of winter-spring balancing acts, music matters move along no matter whether the weather is this or that. Along with the continuous supply of local bands at diffe...]]>
Almost April Fools http://illinoistimes.com/article-17007-almost-april-fools.html Almost April Fools
 Well, well, we are done with March and moving on to April. Soon all the outdoor events will be here. But in the meantime, there’s plenty going on, including a few April Fool-ery events. &...]]>
Blues club turns 30 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16978-blues-club-turns-30.html Blues club turns 30
 Per usual, there are gigs galore going on all over town this weekend. Even though the Easter holiday is happening on Sunday with accompanying spring events and church doings, folks still got to...]]>
St. Patty’s and beyond http://illinoistimes.com/article-16950-st-patty%25E2%2580%2599s-and-beyond.html St. Patty’s and beyond
 Thursday, March 17 is the day designated as St. Patrick’s Day, and even though Springfield and other places may have celebrated with gusto last Saturday, many folks still call this the real de...]]>
St. Pat’s hoopla http://illinoistimes.com/article-16907-st-pat%25E2%2580%2599s-hoopla.html St. Pat’s hoopla
 No blarney here; we’re about to do the St. Patrick’s Day-thing this weekend in Springfield. Next Thursday, March 17 is the official date, but our Saint Patrick’s Day Marching Band Parade a...]]>
March music is on http://illinoistimes.com/article-16883-march-music-is-on.html March music is on
 Here comes the first weekend in March of 2016, and it’s in like a lion with music happenings. Start your weekend on Thursday with a visit to The Alamo where Mary Jo Curry and Tombstone Bullet...]]>
Open those mics http://illinoistimes.com/article-16869-open-those-mics.html Open those mics
 What a lovely time of year, as the winter winds down with flurries of fury but mostly hints of hello to the warm weather to come. This week let’s look at those famed and ridiculed open mics.Ca...]]>
Music goings on http://illinoistimes.com/article-16838-music-goings-on.html Music goings on
 In the new record category, folk-based singer-songwriter Ben Bedford launched a Kickstarter project last week to fund his latest recording. The album, The Pilot and the Flying Machine, was recor...]]>
Americana attack http://illinoistimes.com/article-16787-americana-attack.html Americana attack
 As we thaw through a snowy and cold week of February, live music keeps coming on hot and heavy to warm your bones and melt your mind. Always we see all kinds of music everywhere in town, but thi...]]>
Music losses and gains http://illinoistimes.com/article-16754-music-losses-and-gains.html Music losses and gains
 This week finds us celebrating various ends of the music spectrum. As usual, if you want to do it, there is plenty to do.Let’s begin with the life of Riley; Mark, to be exact. Area musician Ma...]]>