IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Sat, 25 Apr 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Ending April acts http://illinoistimes.com/article-15384-ending-april-acts.html Ending April acts
 As we wind down the last weekend in April 2015, Springfield offers a fine and wide assortment of entertainment options in the music department. Let us delve into a few items of interest.Engraine...]]>
Cory’s story and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-15356-cory%25E2%2580%2599s-story-and-more.html Cory’s story and more
 We’ve got a lot to cover this week as we shake off the chill and get down to the happenings before summer goes bananas.On Thursday, the Bedrock 66 Live! concert series hosts another show for t...]]>
Spring fling things http://illinoistimes.com/article-15316-spring-fling-things.html Spring fling things
 Welcome to a wonderful week of live music bursting out of the bars like blooms on a forsythia branch. All kinds of styles and sounds and looks and listens are coming at us from all sides, much a...]]>
So long, Josie http://illinoistimes.com/article-15286-so-long-josie.html So long, Josie
 There are plenty of fun and exciting shows this weekend, plus some that may not fit into that category considering your taste and constitution, but overall, as usual, the scene is on it.This wee...]]>
Hip-hop and what not http://illinoistimes.com/article-15257-hip-hop-and-what-not.html Hip-hop and what not
 Sometimes there’s so much going on that the only way to properly discuss events comes from the shotgun approach of blasting away willy-nilly. Let us proceed with vain aim to hit all.I’ve bee...]]>
Happy blues birthday http://illinoistimes.com/article-15239-happy-blues-birthday.html Happy blues birthday
 Let’s switch colors this week from green to blue as we move from the Irish into blues territory. Lots of other things are going on as usual, but we should take a moment to comment upon the blu...]]>
St. Pat’s party http://illinoistimes.com/article-15202-st-pat%25E2%2580%2599s-party.html St. Pat’s party
 Of all the designated drinking events on the American calendar, none contains the unabashed sanction of society more than the Irish celebration known as St. Patrick’s Day. Thanksgiving Eve may...]]>
Music givers http://illinoistimes.com/article-15170-music-givers.html Music givers
 So many times when benefits and fundraisers look for support in drawing attention to an event, live music is involved. Many times the musicians themselves originate the concept of playing for th...]]>
Weather the weather http://illinoistimes.com/article-15154-weather-the-weather.html Weather the weather
 Definitely the hot topic last week was the coldness in the air. I know making the trek out into the mighty Midwest tundra seems unbearable, but for heaven’s sake, is it really all that bad? Wh...]]>
Indelible Del http://illinoistimes.com/article-15112-indelible-del.html Indelible Del
 In looking for a snappy headline about Del McCoury, I landed on “indelible” to describe the 76 year-old musician and entertainer. The definition of “making marks that cannot be removed” ...]]>
Sweetheart shows http://illinoistimes.com/article-15084-sweetheart-shows.html Sweetheart shows
 Looks like we’re blessed with a veritable cornucopia of holidays this week, starting with Abe’s birthday today. Next comes Friday the 13th, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day, heading stra...]]>
Homespun resolution http://illinoistimes.com/article-15061-homespun-resolution.html Homespun resolution
 Welcome to the first full weekend in February 2015, complete with an assortment of entities sure to entice you into indulging in a night of entertainment for your enjoyment.Donnie’s Homespun i...]]>
Through January http://illinoistimes.com/article-15026-through-january.html Through January
 Here we are at the end of the first month of 2015. I don’t know whether to celebrate, contemplate, circumnavigate, perpetrate, deflate or inflate, so let’s just investigate further.Start you...]]>
Thawing time thoughts http://illinoistimes.com/article-15015-thawing-time-thoughts.html Thawing time thoughts
 There’s nothing like a balmy January break from freezing temps to encourage us to wander from our warm caves for a hot time listening to cool music.First, we send our condolences and sympathy...]]>
Tennessee connection http://illinoistimes.com/article-14966-tennessee-connection.html Tennessee connection
 Prepare yourself for plenty of local action as clubs are filled with area bands this weekend. But a deeper look shows a Tennessee tie to the local scene now and in recent weeks.Nashville may be...]]>
Very, very January http://illinoistimes.com/article-14949-very-very-january.html Very, very January
 Hip, hip hooray, it’s now January and that means we’ve made it to another year. Let’s wish, believe and know that 2015 will be full of great shows with something new, old and everything in...]]>
Happy new music year http://illinoistimes.com/article-14917-happy-new-music-year.html Happy new music year
 Welcome one and all to the beginning of 2015 and our last big blast of 2014. New Year’s Eve has long been a night of celebration and one that nearly always includes live music. This year we ha...]]>
Mid-holiday happenings http://illinoistimes.com/article-14891-mid-holiday-happenings.html Mid-holiday happenings
 The ‘tween time from Christmas to New Year’s can often be an exciting part of the local music scene. With the weekend falling directly after the big day on Thursday, we receive another holid...]]>
Pre-Christmas goings on http://illinoistimes.com/article-14842-pre-christmas-goings-on.html Pre-Christmas goings on
 Hold onto to your holiday hats everyone; we are in for a wild and wooly ride down entertainment row as the gigs pile up like presents under some lucky folks Christmas tree. Congratulations are i...]]>
December doings http://illinoistimes.com/article-14816-december-doings.html December doings
 Here we are moving through December like a kid through presents on Christmas morning. Per usual, we have a diverse and dandy assortment of doings to share with you this week.Word on the street s...]]>
Thanksgiving eve evening http://illinoistimes.com/article-14755-thanksgiving-eve-evening.html Thanksgiving eve evening
 For years now, I’ve been preaching that Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar and club party night of the calendar year in the United States of America. Those in the know already knew, but in th...]]>
The season of Hurricane Ruth http://illinoistimes.com/article-14722-the-season-of-hurricane-ruth.html The season of Hurricane Ruth
 As a working blues-rock artist, if you’ve had Willie Dixon, one of the most profound, prolific and professional blues guys of all time quoted as saying, “You’re the only hurricane I can ap...]]>
Weekend workings http://illinoistimes.com/article-14695-weekend-workings.html Weekend workings
 The skies may go gray and the world darkens as November seeps into the soul, but look for enlightenment and excitement – or at least a drink and live music – in your bar of choice this weeke...]]>
Rhonda and the rest http://illinoistimes.com/article-14663-rhonda-and-the-rest.html Rhonda and the rest
 The first full weekend in November comes roaring in like it has nothing to do but impress us with an exciting and full plate of entertainment goodies to drop in our collective laps. Let’s get...]]>
Hello Halloweeners http://illinoistimes.com/article-14648-hello-halloweeners.html Hello Halloweeners
 Welcome ghouls, goblins, guys and gals to the terribly terrifying world of the Springfield bar music scene during Halloween season. I say season, because with the Friday night appearance of the...]]>
Brewhaus celebration http://illinoistimes.com/article-14612-brewhaus-celebration.html Brewhaus celebration
 There’s something about approaching late October that I always look forward to experiencing. It’s the smell of the cooling air, the feel of warming sunshine, leaves turning and falling in sw...]]>
October Oddities http://illinoistimes.com/article-14584-october-oddities.html October Oddities
 Many a word spent here in this column relates to our bar scene, where much of the live music happens in Springfield. Hence the “oddities” comment in our headline describing these out-of-bar...]]>
Girl-A-Thon and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-14555-girl-a-thon-and-more.html Girl-A-Thon and more
 Many wonderful shows are happening this weekend on the music front from bar gigs to outdoor festivals. If we can visit a few here now, then you can go in person later.Before we go another word,...]]>
October falls into line http://illinoistimes.com/article-14525-october-falls-into-line.html October falls into line
 What’s shaping up in the fall music market? Let’s go see and hear what we can see and hear.Up first on the list, let’s welcome our friends from Venice (the band, silly, not the city or the...]]>
Following the fall music http://illinoistimes.com/article-14497-following-the-fall-music.html Following the fall music
Welcome to autumn. As the leaves begin to turn, keep your ears open for some good music to go along with the changing of the seasons.When Jacksonville blues musician Robert Sampson plays at Casey’s...]]>