IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Fri, 28 Apr 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 So long April and Riverboat 5+1 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18581-so-long-april-and-riverboat-5%252B1.html So long April and Riverboat 5+1
 Here we go, wrapping up April 2017 like it was nothing. But far from nothing is what’s going on around town. There are final gigs, first gigs, fun gigs, gigs galore, and so much more happening...]]>
Many music choices made http://illinoistimes.com/article-18557-many-music-choices-made.html Many music choices made
 I know, I know; I keep complaining about having so many things to go and see in town that one (or more) can hardly find the time to see the sights and hear the sounds. Well, you know, it could b...]]>
Feast or Easter http://illinoistimes.com/article-18529-feast-or-easter.html Feast or Easter
 Last week was so full I spent the whole dang column discussing Friday night shows. This week is not quite so busy, but it’s still a “Good” Friday, and there’s no stopping the action. Blu...]]>
Friday music making http://illinoistimes.com/article-18483-friday-music-making.html Friday music making
 If this falls on deaf ears, I suppose that we could turn a blind eye to it and move on. But let’s believe in all who listen and make the most of making music matter. Friday night’s “Pub Cr...]]>
March music into April http://illinoistimes.com/article-18456-march-music-into-april.html March music into April
 This has always been a favorite time of the year for me, partly because of the promise of April (say what you want, T. S. Eliot) and somewhat due to the fun of April Fools’ Day. So in celebrat...]]>
Lady Carole turns 7 http://illinoistimes.com/article-18431-lady-carole-turns-7.html Lady Carole turns 7
 As I write this, I’m looking out the window into the beauteous out of doors, like a schoolkid or state worker begging the universe for something to happen that would legitimately allow respons...]]>
Music in March http://illinoistimes.com/article-18402-music-in-march.html Music in March
 In the aftermath of the St. Patty’s Day parade onslaught of live music all over town, I’m reminded of the real power of music to entertain and excite. Every time I think of all who are invol...]]>
Early Irish music http://illinoistimes.com/article-18376-early-irish-music.html Early Irish music
 With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday in 2017, our celebration of all things Irish and Celtic stretches for more than a week. Since the long-running St. Patrick’s Day Marching Band Para...]]>
March on the move http://illinoistimes.com/article-18348-march-on-the-move.html March on the move
 Perhaps the warming weather trend we’ve felt through February made it happen, but things do seem to be heating up early in the music community for 2017. Before you know it, birds will be singi...]]>
Friday February fun http://illinoistimes.com/article-18322-friday-february-fun.html Friday February fun
 Sometimes the stars align and everything happens at once. Without a doubt, that day is Friday, Feb. 24. Not to say that more wonderful and terrific music doesn’t happen on other days, because...]]>
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...]]>