IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin Sat, 17 Mar 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Green goes the music 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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...]]>
Hurricane Ruth and more Hurricane Ruth and more
 With all the hurricanes in the news lately, we humbly send our love and care to those affected by the sea storms, but today we talk a bit about a hurricane known to central Illinois folks as Rut...]]>
September songs September songs
 First, let’s think some good thoughts for friends, family and everyone touched by Hurricane Irma. Fellow musicians Ken Carlyle, Joshua Reilly and Patrick Hagerman, all formerly from central Il...]]>
Celebration choices Celebration choices
 Hang onto your horses and your hats as we roll into a big weekend full of celebrations!On Friday, St. Louis-based blues entertainer, composer and singer Paul Bonn brings his stellar band, the Bl...]]>
Music labors Music labors
 Here we are approaching and directly running into September 2017, with the Labor Day weekend upon us like nobody’s business. What should we do but enjoy all we can.Let’s take a moment on thi...]]>
Ending August blast Ending August blast
 Well, we made it through the state fair, survived a solar eclipse, and now we’re preparing to wrap up a very exciting and busy August 2017. Don’t stop now, folks, this week and the weekend a...]]>