IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Tue, 24 Apr 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Varying the venues http://illinoistimes.com/article-19902-varying-the-venues.html Varying the venues
 Readers of this column know we spend a good deal of our time listening to live music inside the bars, but rest assured, my friends, many other venues host live music on a regular basis. From chu...]]>
Micky moves and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-19890-micky-moves-and-more.html Micky moves and more
 If you’ve been out and about lately, you’ve surely noticed plenty of stuff going on all over. From last shows to debuts, celebrations of anniversaries and birthdays, and just plain-old gigs,...]]>
April music showers http://illinoistimes.com/article-19850-april-music-showers.html April music showers
 As we roll the rock into the first full weekend of April, there’s music-making galore, coming in all shapes and sizes to fit all needs and desires.Start your weekly music mission off with a ba...]]>
Let’s march into April http://illinoistimes.com/article-19829-let%25E2%2580%2599s-march-into-april.html Let’s march into April
 We are now wiping our hands of March and moving into April this weekend, whether you like it or not. And, yes, April Fools’ Day is on Easter in 2018, so make of that what you will. In the mean...]]>
Mixing it up in March http://illinoistimes.com/article-19804-mixing-it-up-in-march.html Mixing it up in March
 By now everyone has (hopefully) recovered from the Celtic frenzy of last weekend and is looking forward to a variety of music for our last full weekend of March.Please pay attention now to a Fac...]]>
Green goes the music http://illinoistimes.com/article-19789-green-goes-the-music.html Green goes the music
 Some folks could care less, I know, but I always enjoy the celebration of jolly St. Patrick, if for nothing else than enjoying music from the Emerald Isle and neighboring islands. If you’re no...]]>
Music marches on http://illinoistimes.com/article-19754-music-marches-on.html Music marches on
With a hip-hop to the hippity-hop, we march on through the not-so-merry month of March with more music than a month might muster, if a month could muster music.For Thursday excitement, Joshua Allen, a...]]>
March music http://illinoistimes.com/article-19731-march-music.html March music
Leave old February behind as we march into March with plenty of live music for the lamb or lion in you. This weekend blues rules at Third Base Sports Bar with two remarkable shows featuring nationally...]]>
So long February music http://illinoistimes.com/article-19709-so-long-february-music.html So long February music
 Well, that didn’t take long to wind through the shortest month. Certain parts seemed interminable, but now we look forward (for sure) and back (as needed).For early evening, most excellent Fri...]]>
Home house music http://illinoistimes.com/article-19686-home-house-music.html Home house music
 As February freezes and thaws, count on the tunes to hold steady and get us through until spring arrives. There are plenty of activities out there, but let’s spend some time on something speci...]]>
No music city limits http://illinoistimes.com/article-19660-no-music-city-limits.html No music city limits
 A quick look through the Pub Crawl shows an interesting trend of several burgs surrounding the capital city hosting live music at new and old venues. It seems that “get out of town” is takin...]]>
Fabulous February music http://illinoistimes.com/article-19647-fabulous-february-music.html Fabulous February music
 2018 rolls along its merry way on this roller coaster ride of time, but rest assured that no matter what, the live music offered in town is consistently good and plentiful.On Friday, Austin, Tex...]]>
There goes January http://illinoistimes.com/article-19616-there-goes-january.html There goes January
 I think I blinked and missed it, as we are now in the last week of January 2018. Maybe we can blame the fancy flight of time on our ever-happening live music scene that doesn’t quit.It’s the...]]>
Be cool, stay warm http://illinoistimes.com/article-19587-be-cool-stay-warm.html Be cool, stay warm
 What better way to thaw the cold than by making a visit to a nearby watering hole or other house of performance to see some live music and feel the sound waves eradicate your chills. Who knows,...]]>
Warm up to live music http://illinoistimes.com/article-19567-warm-up-to-live-music.html Warm up to live music
 Hardly anything (other than maybe a friendly animal, or a pile of quilts, or a blazing fire) can warm the bones like a good musical performance. Since hauling any of the aforementioned things ar...]]>
New year music http://illinoistimes.com/article-19542-new-year-music.html New year music
 With New Year’s Eve behind us, we can now comfortably head into 2018 with a full January weekend on the books. Let’s start off the new year with a look at some of the many area artists and l...]]>
New year happy http://illinoistimes.com/article-19525-new-year-happy.html New year happy
 With New Year’s Eve being a celebratory night and falling on a Sunday in 2017, we have a solid, full weekend before the party to party and partake in live music. It seems some of our music fol...]]>
Remember December http://illinoistimes.com/article-19488-remember-december.html Remember December
 Happy winter solstice, and merry whatever to you all. It’s that time of year, of course, and one of the best ways to enjoy the holidays is through music. Perhaps enough is enough of the holida...]]>
Music for goodness sake http://illinoistimes.com/article-19454-music-for-goodness-sake.html Music for goodness sake
 As we approach the point of saturation and consternation of the Christmas excess surrounding and encompassing our lives at this time, perhaps it’s best to succumb to the magic of the moment, i...]]>
Music is in season http://illinoistimes.com/article-19427-music-is-in-season.html Music is in season
 Now that the weather outside is slowly approaching normal but nowhere near “frightening,” perhaps our holiday season may feel more Midwest than Southwest. Either way it goes (hot, cold, pola...]]>
Hot December music http://illinoistimes.com/article-19405-hot-december-music.html Hot December music
 This oddly warm week for the end of November is fitting to heat us up for a weekend of scorching good music on the roster. Be sure to check the community calendar for holiday music happenings al...]]>
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...]]>