IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Wed, 22 Nov 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Giving thanks for much http://illinoistimes.com/article-19390-giving-thanks-for-much.html Giving thanks for much
 There are many things to be thankful for in this world, and I hope you take the time to address those pertaining to you and yours. I’m thankful to be able to write this column weekly and share...]]>
Remember November music http://illinoistimes.com/article-19354-remember-november-music.html Remember November music
 Well, to say this was a tough week is an understatement of large proportions. I’m sure I speak for the friends and family of John Brillhart in thanking everyone for condolences, music, stories...]]>
November on the move http://illinoistimes.com/article-19341-november-on-the-move.html November on the move
 Here we go into a nearly mid-November run with sad news, good gigs and contest results. For me personally, early-to-mid November is filled with memories of loved ones lost, including a grandmoth...]]>
Whatever Productions and open mics http://illinoistimes.com/article-19310-whatever-productions-and-open-mics.html Whatever Productions and open mics
Here we are rolling into November; getting ready to fall back an hour and plunge into near wintertime. What better excuse do you need (if you need one) to get out and see some live music?Last Saturday...]]>
BAND SPOTLIGHT | Hooten Hallers http://illinoistimes.com/article-19311-band-spotlight-hooten-hallers.html BAND SPOTLIGHT | Hooten Hallers
 A trippy trio from Columbia, Missouri, the Hooten Hallers are all about being different from your average Americana group. Using interesting instrumentation that includes John Randall (vocals, g...]]>
Emotional music gamut http://illinoistimes.com/article-19257-emotional-music-gamut.html Emotional music gamut
 This week we have sad news, happy times, good benefits, and, apparently, lovely weather to top off an odd and peculiar few weeks of early autumn.Our hearts go out to the family of guitarist Alex...]]>
Mid-October music making http://illinoistimes.com/article-19245-mid-october-music-making.html Mid-October music making
 Feel the crisp breeze, the touch of fall, the fall of leaves, the sounds of leaves falling, and, oh, what else is that I hear? Yes, it’s the sound of live music all over town.First, let’s co...]]>
The BassBerg lowdown and Moore http://illinoistimes.com/article-19210-the-bassberg-lowdown-and-moore.html The BassBerg lowdown and Moore
 As I started writing my column, the news went from bad to worse with mass shootings and Tom Petty’s untimely passing. No telling what else will happen before I finish this and we go to press,...]]>
A run on September http://illinoistimes.com/article-19183-a-run-on-september.html A run on September
 Here we are, heading right into October with September barely left behind. I see lots of good local bands out as we wind down the outdoor festivals and begin to think about the seasonal end to o...]]>
Hurricane Ruth and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-19170-hurricane-ruth-and-more.html Hurricane Ruth and more
 With all the hurricanes in the news lately, we humbly send our love and care to those affected by the sea storms, but today we talk a bit about a hurricane known to central Illinois folks as Rut...]]>
September songs http://illinoistimes.com/article-19129-september-songs.html September songs
 First, let’s think some good thoughts for friends, family and everyone touched by Hurricane Irma. Fellow musicians Ken Carlyle, Joshua Reilly and Patrick Hagerman, all formerly from central Il...]]>
Celebration choices http://illinoistimes.com/article-19108-celebration-choices.html Celebration choices
 Hang onto your horses and your hats as we roll into a big weekend full of celebrations!On Friday, St. Louis-based blues entertainer, composer and singer Paul Bonn brings his stellar band, the Bl...]]>
Music labors http://illinoistimes.com/article-19069-music-labors.html Music labors
 Here we are approaching and directly running into September 2017, with the Labor Day weekend upon us like nobody’s business. What should we do but enjoy all we can.Let’s take a moment on thi...]]>
Ending August blast http://illinoistimes.com/article-19041-ending-august-blast.html Ending August blast
 Well, we made it through the state fair, survived a solar eclipse, and now we’re preparing to wrap up a very exciting and busy August 2017. Don’t stop now, folks, this week and the weekend a...]]>
Sounds fair enough http://illinoistimes.com/article-19024-sounds-fair-enough.html Sounds fair enough
 We’re closing in on the final days of the 2017 Illinois State Fair, and from all reports, all has gone fairly well. Soon the dust will clear, the flies will fly away, and our entertainment sce...]]>
More than fair http://illinoistimes.com/article-18982-more-than-fair.html More than fair
 Yessiree, folks, it’s that time of year when the state fair comes to town, whether you like it or not. Along with the all the fair doings, here are a few other happenings in our fair city that...]]>
August with gusto http://illinoistimes.com/article-18952-august-with-gusto.html August with gusto
 August in Springfield is ruled by heat and the events of the Illinois State Fair, which runs from August 10 through August 20. In the week before, here are a few doings to do (or not).Tonight (T...]]>
What’s up with Downhome http://illinoistimes.com/article-18928-what%25E2%2580%2599s-up-with-downhome.html What’s up with Downhome
 Ready or not, here we go rocking and rolling into the last weekend of July 2017. My how the summertime has flown by.This weekend’s big event is the Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival, held...]]>
Explosive scenario http://illinoistimes.com/article-18905-explosive-scenario.html Explosive scenario
 This weekend the scene explodes, and I don’t know which way to go. All one can do is list as many happenings as possible that might slip under the radar and hope for the best.On Friday, singin...]]>
Fruit of the Amaranth Apple http://illinoistimes.com/article-18883-fruit-of-the-amaranth-apple.html Fruit of the Amaranth Apple
 Congrats to our friends Tammy and Larry for getting hitched on Saturday, hosting a reception at George Rank’s, then taking the party to the Amaranth Apple Festival in downtown Springfield. May...]]>
July on the move http://illinoistimes.com/article-18857-july-on-the-move.html July on the move
 Here we are rolling into July with a wheelbarrow full of entertainment goodies. Things are happening at an incredible pace, so hang on, keep updated and enjoy the goings on.Friday night brings u...]]>
Extended Fourth weekend http://illinoistimes.com/article-18834-extended-fourth-weekend.html Extended Fourth weekend
One could hardly ask for a better party set up than when a major holiday falls on a Tuesday. That makes a four-day weekend for those able to take off Monday, and from what I hear, lots of workers have...]]>
A visit with A.J. Croce http://illinoistimes.com/article-18808-a-visit-with-aj-croce.html A visit with A.J. Croce
 Generally, I try to cover lots of stuff going on each week, but every once in awhile, something begs for my entire space. This column is fully dedicated to singer, songwriter, pianist and musici...]]>
Fair music and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-18784-fair-music-and-more.html Fair music and more
 Here we go with the annual Sangamon County Fair entertainment plus many more doings around our fair city. Need I remind you that your job is, yet again, a difficult task when it comes down to de...]]>
Wise up to Dumb Fest http://illinoistimes.com/article-18753-wise-up-to-dumb-fest.html Wise up to Dumb Fest
 I hate to admit this to you, my friendly readers, but today my eyes would much rather be staring at beautiful blue skies than the blue screen of the Macbook in my lap. Let’s get to it, shall w...]]>
LoG in to help out http://illinoistimes.com/article-18741-log-in-to-help-out.html LoG in to help out
 Welcome to June of 2017. There’s a lot going on around here, so check out all the stuff in Illinois Times ads, the calendar, Pub Crawl and more. Then see if you can find the time to do it all....]]>
Memorable Memorial Day and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-18703-memorable-memorial-day-and-more.html Memorable Memorial Day and more
 Well, here we are, set to explore, exploit and explain another wonderful Memorial Day weekend full of fun and music. Let’s keep enough reverence to the reason for the celebration and respect t...]]>
Mid-May music making http://illinoistimes.com/article-18670-mid-may-music-making.html Mid-May music making
 Things are heating up weather-wise and in live music functions. All the outdoor venues are in full swing with the out-of-doors music festivals coming your way. Yippee!Thursday comes but once a w...]]>
More than a Fat Ass http://illinoistimes.com/article-18644-more-than-a-fat-ass.html More than a Fat Ass
 We’ve circled back around to Fat Ass time this weekend, as the popular event takes over the downtown area Friday night and Saturday day. But never fear, because along with your Fat Ass stuff,...]]>
Maybe music here http://illinoistimes.com/article-18624-maybe-music-here.html Maybe music here
 No maybe about it, the merry month of May is upon us, signaling the beginning of the summer music season and the conclusion of the spring one. Some venues now choose to end entertainment for the...]]>