IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-27-1-music-tom-irwin.html Sat, 06 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Music losses and gains http://illinoistimes.com/article-16754-music-losses-and-gains.html Music losses and gains
 This week finds us celebrating various ends of the music spectrum. As usual, if you want to do it, there is plenty to do.Let’s begin with the life of Riley; Mark, to be exact. Area musician Ma...]]>
Musings on music http://illinoistimes.com/article-16690-musings-on-music.html Musings on music
 As the good, old cold settles in on January wintertime, let’s take a moment to cover a couple of things and hopefully discover a few, too. First, here are a couple reminders of upcoming concer...]]>
Music delights http://illinoistimes.com/article-16666-music-delights.html Music delights
 The Ides of January are upon us, as the weather finally decided to act like a Midwest winter. Methinks many a Springfieldian is prepared to come out of the warm and protected cave to see live mu...]]>
Hello to 2016 music http://illinoistimes.com/article-16641-hello-to-2016-music.html Hello to 2016 music
 Well, as amazing as it seems, here we are smack dab at the beginning of our very own time invention called 2016. As Greg Brown, one of my favorite songwriters, said in a song, “Who woulda thun...]]>
New Year news http://illinoistimes.com/article-16600-new-year-news.html New Year news
 Hello everyone and welcome to almost 2016 – or maybe it already is the New Year by the time you read this. Whatever your situation, let’s open to it with open arms and let the world on in.Th...]]>
Christmas music http://illinoistimes.com/article-16584-christmas-music.html Christmas music
 Here we are full of holiday spirit, and hopefully spirits too, ready to finish off the holiday season with Christmas and next week’s New Year’s Eve. This year our weekend is a bit off as the...]]>
Moving music http://illinoistimes.com/article-16542-moving-music.html Moving music
 After watching music made in this area for decades, plus 15 years of helping list it weekly in Illinois Times, I am still amazed at the variety, talent and amount of good stuff happening. This w...]]>
December doings http://illinoistimes.com/article-16514-december-doings.html December doings
 As we continue into the season with a reason for holiday happenings, we somewhat curb the big events but keep the gigs going with plenty of good music to go around. Please pay special attention...]]>
Music for the holidays http://illinoistimes.com/article-16484-music-for-the-holidays.html Music for the holidays
 Before anyone begins to moan and groan about using the word “holiday” instead of “Christmas,” please consider Christmas is only one of the several holidays celebrated this time of year....]]>
Thanks for music http://illinoistimes.com/article-16459-thanks-for-music.html Thanks for music
 As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday and ensuing weekend, please remember to add music to your list of items to be thankful for this year and all the time. Take a moment to actually notice...]]>
Reuniting with Ruth http://illinoistimes.com/article-16418-reuniting-with-ruth.html Reuniting with Ruth
 We finally got the “cold and gray November days,” as grandma always called them, but inside our cozy venues, the music keeps us warm and dry, hopping and hopeful.Our first order of the day,...]]>
Music matters most http://illinoistimes.com/article-16387-music-matters-most.html Music matters most
 Ah, November comes and I feel the sadness and sorrow in my bones, even with these wonderful, extra sunny days. That normal slowing down of fall combined with the time change just knocked me for...]]>
Sangamon Auditorium http://illinoistimes.com/article-16362-sangamon-auditorium.html Sangamon Auditorium
 Along with our listings of usual and incredible music shows around town this week, we have an apology to make and an award to give. In last week’s Best of Springfield issue we inadvertently le...]]>
Happy Halloweeners http://illinoistimes.com/article-16324-happy-halloweeners.html Happy Halloweeners
 Always a big night for music, Halloween weekend 2015 seems extra special as All Hallow’s Eve lands on a Saturday. There will be plenty of parties, costumes, prizes, music and merrymaking in th...]]>
Octobering for music http://illinoistimes.com/article-16302-octobering-for-music.html Octobering for music
 I don’t know why, but this weekend shows up like a who’s who of what’s happening here, there and everywhere. Tough choices lie on the entertainment table.Let’s start when Chris Miller, t...]]>
Mid-October music http://illinoistimes.com/article-16261-mid-october-music.html Mid-October music
 Welcome all to the Ides of October and beyond. We have a few lingering festivals, plenty of diverse performers and a bushel basket full of local regulars playing the scene.By now the Cubs/Cards...]]>
Girls, gardens and grooves http://illinoistimes.com/article-16243-girls-gardens-and-grooves.html Girls, gardens and grooves
 Things just keep rolling along with more excitement and entertainment than you can shake a stick at – if you were so inclined to shake a stick at something.With all kinds of crafts, vendors an...]]>
Blues, BBQ and other news http://illinoistimes.com/article-16205-blues-bbq-and-other-news.html Blues, BBQ and other news
 Let’s enjoy our lovely October while we can, shall we?After last year’s blistering heat fest during the end of August, the Downtown Springfield, Inc. folks decided to bring the Old Capitol B...]]>
Starting fall music http://illinoistimes.com/article-16171-starting-fall-music.html Starting fall music
 The sounds come gushing this weekend from all directions as we plunge into official autumn while finishing off September and the summer with a splash. From here, there and everywhere flows music...]]>
September music sizzles http://illinoistimes.com/article-16145-september-music-sizzles.html September music sizzles
 Our happening little scene in Springfield continues to burn up the music atmosphere at an incredible rate. Here we go on a trip through marvelous music-making mayhem.Congratulations to the Black...]]>
Bustin’ out all over http://illinoistimes.com/article-16118-bustin%25E2%2580%2599-out-all-over.html Bustin’ out all over
 Oh my goodness, where do we begin? TheSeptember run on getting all the happenings in before autumn falls upon us is in full swing. Look out!The Krannert Center at the University of Illinois Urba...]]>
Music labors http://illinoistimes.com/article-16078-music-labors.html Music labors
 As we roll into the end-of-summertime weekend anchored by Labor Day on Monday, this seems like a good spot to reflect on an eventful summer of great music and incredible events. Sorry, though, w...]]>
Clayville music and more http://illinoistimes.com/article-16067-clayville-music-and-more.html Clayville music and more
 Now that the 2015 Illinois State Fair is in the books we travel on to other exciting events around the town. Look out world, here we come!I didn’t feel a huge rush at the fair this year in eit...]]>
More than fair http://illinoistimes.com/article-16035-more-than-fair.html More than fair
 As we head into the second and final weekend of the 2015 Illinois State Fair, the dust has settled, the corn dogs are setting low and the beer tents are settling in with bands aplenty. Add all t...]]>
Fair time http://illinoistimes.com/article-15992-fair-time.html Fair time
 It’s back. The Illinois State Fair comes to town for ten days of entertainment, excitement, exasperation, excrement (sorry, but the livestock, you know) and all around endeavors of intrepid Il...]]>
Festival festivities http://illinoistimes.com/article-15966-festival-festivities.html Festival festivities
 This weekend brings us festivals galore, bands all over town and a happening ALS benefit. Just around the calendar corner comes the Illinois State Fair and all the entertainment excitement it br...]]>
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...]]>