IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Mon, 28 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
No maybe for May music http://illinoistimes.com/article-13818-no-maybe-for-may-music.html No maybe for May music
 Wow, what a month of May music coming up. Yessiree, there’s no maybe about it; we are in for a blast of interesting and exciting music moments in the next several weeks. That then leads right...]]>
April ending acts http://illinoistimes.com/article-13793-april-ending-acts.html April ending acts
 A sure sign of the upcoming warmer season is the opening of outdoor venues. Curve Inn, consistently chosen by Illinois Times readers as the best beer garden in town, manages to keep the music go...]]>
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....]]>