IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Mon, 20 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Music makers converge http://illinoistimes.com/article-18296-music-makers-converge.html Music makers converge
 We are set for what looks like a fine week for unseasonably warm weather and incredibly good music. These next two weekends closing out February are brimming with music makers making music for y...]]>
Beyond the bars http://illinoistimes.com/article-18276-beyond-the-bars.html Beyond the bars
 We spend a lot of time covering the nightclubs in this column, and rightfully so, since a good deal of our live music scene stems from gigs in the bars. But bands and artists continue to make mu...]]>
February findings http://illinoistimes.com/article-18229-february-findings.html February findings
 Here comes fantastic February, finely focused on the “fickle finger of fate” as they used to say on “Laugh-In.” Oh my, that will date some of us; but the “F’s” are flying in Februa...]]>
January jams are open http://illinoistimes.com/article-18203-january-jams-are-open.html January jams are open
 Well, that month seemed to fly by. Maybe it was the political activities keeping things moving or the ice scare one weekend followed by temps in the mid-60s the next. Whatever is going on, 2017...]]>
Show me shows http://illinoistimes.com/article-18171-show-me-shows.html Show me shows
 We survived the great ice scare of last weekend with a few cancellations and a little rescheduling, which resulted in bonus attendance at the gigs that remained, attended by brave and reckless s...]]>
Bands on the run http://illinoistimes.com/article-18148-bands-on-the-run.html Bands on the run
 It looks like we are on the move again; all the bars and clubs and taverns and wineries are up to snuff and booked to the gills. Not only are the venues jamming, but all kinds of music makers ar...]]>
New New Year’s news http://illinoistimes.com/article-18129-new-new-year%25E2%2580%2599s-news.html New New Year’s news
 Well, here we are in 2017, and don’t you know it, it will be 2018 before you know it. I know, I know, don’t say things like that, but, as some folks say, it’s better than the alternative....]]>
New Year’s news http://illinoistimes.com/article-18095-new-year%25E2%2580%2599s-news.html New Year’s news
 There’s something about the New Year beginning as the old fades away that requires some introspection and retrospection, along with an inspection of the process of getting from here to there....]]>
Christmas cutbacks http://illinoistimes.com/article-18067-christmas-cutbacks.html Christmas cutbacks
 With Christmas falling on Sunday in 2016, as you might imagine, our weekend entertainment scheduled is crimped and cramped into mostly Thursday and Friday nights. But, hey, that’s okay, it’s...]]>
Mixes and matches http://illinoistimes.com/article-18039-mixes-and-matches.html Mixes and matches
 Take a good look at the Pub Crawl listings this week and the sheer amount of exceptional shows shall have you jumping for joy, bursting with pride and, hopefully, headed out the door to see some...]]>
December’s rocking http://illinoistimes.com/article-18011-december%25E2%2580%2599s-rocking.html December’s rocking
 Welcome to the holiday season with all the trimmings as we slide headfirst through December headlong toward the new year of 2017. Jam-packed hardly seems a generous enough word to describe all t...]]>
The Trip Daddys http://illinoistimes.com/article-18012-the-trip-daddys.html The Trip Daddys
 For more than 20 years Craig Straubinger (aka Craig Daddy) has led The Trip Daddys of St. Louis on a musical adventure blending rockabilly, hard country, blues and real rock ‘n’ roll to crea...]]>
December doings http://illinoistimes.com/article-17994-december-doings.html December doings
 Welcome to our first “Now Playing” of December 2016. Yes, indeed, you read that right. We are fast approaching good-old two thousand and seventeen, with New Year’s Eve leading us into Firs...]]>
Thanks for Thanksgiving http://illinoistimes.com/article-17952-thanks-for-thanksgiving.html Thanks for Thanksgiving
 The Thanksgiving holiday has arrived, and that means an exceptionally busy live music time. From the highly anticipated and attended Thanksgiving Eve occasion to a weekend off with family, frien...]]>
Remember November http://illinoistimes.com/article-17925-remember-november.html Remember November
 Ooh la la is as good of an opening as any as we venture into the mid-November music time. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for the week before Thanksgiving and Black Friday happenings.Wa...]]>
Electoral zoo tunes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17895-electoral-zoo-tunes.html Electoral zoo tunes
 Now that the most bizarre election cycle in my memory is behind us, here we are to let the beat go on. Nothing transcends the ups and downs of history like good old music through natural healing...]]>
Now November http://illinoistimes.com/article-17882-now-november.html Now November
 Goodbye October, and hello November. The days of outdoor shows have faded into the nearness of holiday walks and upcoming Thanksgiving specials. This weekend features a good collection of fun ha...]]>
Halloweening music http://illinoistimes.com/article-17852-halloweening-music.html Halloweening music
 Welcome to the terrorizing time of Halloween, the Devilish Day of the Dead and the most frighteningly fearsome event of all, the upcoming 2016 election. But we’re here to talk about music, and...]]>
October surprises http://illinoistimes.com/article-17832-october-surprises.html October surprises
 After a weekend of surprisingly warm temperatures, all the beer garden-gatherers and festival folks are a happy bunch, but never fear, old man winter is around the corner, sure to soon deliver t...]]>
Open mics and stages http://illinoistimes.com/article-17810-open-mics-and-stages.html Open mics and stages
 Take a look at all the good stuff going on around town in our Pub Crawl and calendar listings! It’s a dare to the senses to try and experience all the happenings. So instead of diving into all...]]>
A musical fall http://illinoistimes.com/article-17775-a-musical-fall.html A musical fall
 As the weather changes, so do our music venues. This week brings the last of the big outdoor festivals (as far as I’ve heard), and it is very likely the heaters came out and on last week in ou...]]>
Folk fall findings http://illinoistimes.com/article-17747-folk-fall-findings.html Folk fall findings
 As we welcome October 2016 to the world, the weather couldn’t be any nicer. The music ain’t bad either, with the folkies finding fall familiar.    Friday gives us Dana Cooper...]]>
Marvelous music mix http://illinoistimes.com/article-17723-marvelous-music-mix.html Marvelous music mix
 As we wind our way through September, heading toward the other end of things, a wonderful mix of music with which to entertain ourselves appears to be ahead for all.With the hot rods coming to t...]]>
Music in the making http://illinoistimes.com/article-17707-music-in-the-making.html Music in the making
 Come along as we trek through the weekly jaunt of Springfield music-making moments. Take the time to notice the hard work and terrific talents of those involved in the process.Thursday evening a...]]>
Go September, go http://illinoistimes.com/article-17673-go-september-go.html Go September, go
 Off and running into the blissful unknown, here we go into the autumnal time, even if the weather still thinks it’s July out there. Let’s begin with the rundown, shall we?Wishing a happy bir...]]>
September songs http://illinoistimes.com/article-17629-september-songs.html September songs
 Our 2016 summer is nearly over as the Labor Day weekend comes to pass, bringing plenty of live music and more to come into the fall.Many of you may have heard by now that the venerable Crow’s...]]>
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�...]]>