IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Sat, 01 Aug 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 A blue moon weekend http://illinoistimes.com/article-15933-a-blue-moon-weekend.html A blue moon weekend
 I’m not sure if you can stretch a blue moon, like the one this Friday, the only one in 2015, into an entire weekend, but if you’re willing to go along with this cockamamie idea, so am I.Most...]]>
Music makes a mark http://illinoistimes.com/article-15899-music-makes-a-mark.html Music makes a mark
 This week brings us all kinds of styles, variations, moods and muses of music. Surely somewhere in there is a spot for you. Let us proceed to discover something for everyone.Friday night holds a...]]>
Mid-July roundup http://illinoistimes.com/article-15867-mid-july-roundup.html Mid-July roundup
 Welcome friends, to mid-July in central Illinois as the music heats up right along with the local weather. This week features record release parties and fundraisers, closely related events in na...]]>
Hoedown and throwdown http://illinoistimes.com/article-15854-hoedown-and-throwdown.html Hoedown and throwdown
 Per usual, the music calendar is bursting at the seams like a fine fellow finishing off a bacon-bettered food item, such as those available downtown this weekend. Friday brings Indiana singer-so...]]>
Independence Day in music http://illinoistimes.com/article-15807-independence-day-in-music.html Independence Day in music
 As we celebrate the Independence Day of our country this weekend, let’s enjoy the diverse and delightful expanse of our musical landscape and the independence we have to choose music from many...]]>
June in http://illinoistimes.com/article-15785-june-in.html June in
 Welcome to the wonderful world of live music and related things in the Springfield area at the end of June. Let’s get to it, shall we?Check out the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for Sala, an...]]>
Dave’s back and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-15730-dave%25E2%2580%2599s-back-and-more.html Dave’s back and more
 From the Sangamon County Fair with hot country acts at the Grandstand and top local cover bands in the beer tents, to the Artist on the Plaza every Tuesday and Thursday at noon on the south side...]]>
June doings http://illinoistimes.com/article-15619-june-doings.html June doings
 Here we go on a romp through the early summertime music adventures. Outdoors, indoors, coming home, homecomings, fundraisers, hell-raisers, queens of color, queens of burlesque, old guys, new tr...]]>
SOHO, blues and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-15576-soho-blues-and-more.html SOHO, blues and more
 Welcome to the first weekend of June in 2015. If you wish your days be filled with music and your nights too, things appear to be working in your favor.SOHO 11 is the big music event this weeken...]]>
End of May music http://illinoistimes.com/article-15542-end-of-may-music.html End of May music
 Now that the Memorial Day weekend festivities and commemorations are past, let’s turn our attention to the summer ahead as the outdoor activities heat up. Last week I mentioned the recent pass...]]>
The Smoking Flowers http://illinoistimes.com/article-15518-the-smoking-flowers.html The Smoking Flowers
 Up from East Nashville, Tenn., here come Kim and Scott Collins, a “husband-wife, Americana/garage, rock/indie, folk duo” out in support of a new record. Married now for 15-some years, they f...]]>
Memorable Memorial music http://illinoistimes.com/article-15519-memorable-memorial-music.html Memorable Memorial music
 I’m not even going to bring up the fact that we’re already at Memorial Day weekend for 2015. But let’s talk about all the music happening this weekend and beyond, enjoying that we are here...]]>
May music blossoms http://illinoistimes.com/article-15477-may-music-blossoms.html May music blossoms
 Looks like we are getting our April showers in May, so look up and leave the rain dances at home as this weekend pours in with four area outdoor festivals presenting live music at the forefront ...]]>
Music May-hem http://illinoistimes.com/article-15447-music-may-hem.html Music May-hem
 As we roll on through lovely May-time in central Illinois, the music around town is mostly as marvelous and mellifluous as the much-anticipated burst of nature’s bounty and beauty. Then there�...]]>
May music be http://illinoistimes.com/article-15417-may-music-be.html May music be
 Welcome, as we wind our way into the month of May, where the outdoor music starts seeping in and the festivals and fairs are not far away.Let’s start this week off with a howdy-do to the Curve...]]>
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...]]>