IllinoisTimes - Music http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-42-1-music.html Tue, 26 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Dumb, dumber, Dumb Fest - Despite adversity, music festival set to show off Southtown improvements http://illinoistimes.com/article-17306-dumb-dumber-dumb-fest.html Dumb, dumber, Dumb Fest - Despite adversity, music festival set to show off Southtown improvements
 Kicking off this Friday, June 10, at 5 p.m., Dumb Fest is one of two annual music festivals hosted every summer by the scrappy, consistently ambitious, all-ages punk venue Black Sheep Café, loc...]]>
Eclectic singer stands up against domestic abuse - Charmaine Neville to perform at nonprofit charity event http://illinoistimes.com/article-17308-eclectic-singer-stands-up-against-domestic-abuse.html Eclectic singer stands up against domestic abuse - Charmaine Neville to perform at nonprofit charity event
 Charmaine Neville, a domestic abuse survivor, believes that women who experience domestic abuse do not feel that other people truly understand their situation.“People don’t understand that y...]]>
Spin the black circle - Hold on, Record Store Day is coming http://illinoistimes.com/article-17089-spin-the-black-circle.html Spin the black circle - Hold on, Record Store Day is coming
 Matt Hill, the clerk minding the store recently at Dumb Records on South Grand Avenue, seems a nice enough guy.On a recent afternoon, Hill was playing selections by Scarves, a Seattle band whose...]]>
Mellencamp’s evolution on display at Sangamon Auditorium - Carlene Carter shines as supporting act http://illinoistimes.com/article-17061-mellencamp%25E2%2580%2599s-evolution-on-display-at-sangamon-auditorium.html Mellencamp’s evolution on display at Sangamon Auditorium - Carlene Carter shines as supporting act
“Who wants to go back to doing what they were doing when they were 22 years old?” Mellencamp, now 64, asked last night while prefacing an acoustic version of "Jack and Diane" for a nearly full house at Sangamon Auditorium....]]>
New music releases I happily paid good money for in 2015 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16565-new-music-releases-i-happily-paid-good-money-for-in-2015.html New music releases I happily paid good money for in 2015
 1.Algiers by Algiers 2.Beat the Champ by The Mountain Goats 3.Diet by heCTA 4.Divers by Joanna Newsom 5.Eat Pray Thug by Heems 6.Edge of the Sun by Calexico 7.Eu...]]>
Illinois Symphony’s Russian blockbuster http://illinoistimes.com/article-16202-illinois-symphony%25E2%2580%2599s-russian-blockbuster.html Illinois Symphony’s Russian blockbuster
 Maestro Alastair Willis will conclude his tenure as musical director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2015-2016 season. The infectiously energetic conductor has asked to be r...]]>
Notes from Chicago - Grateful Dead says goodbye http://illinoistimes.com/article-15834-notes-from-chicago.html Notes from Chicago - Grateful Dead says goodbye
The best way, really, to grade the Grateful Dead is by year. I would put Friday’s show on par with a good effort from 1978, not a peak year, but still an era when rabbits got pulled out of hats on a fairly regular basis....]]>
TONIGHT: Free all-star Bedrock show at Bar None - Last-minute Bedrock 66 show promises soaring musical highs http://illinoistimes.com/article-15790-tonight-free-all-star-bedrock-show-at-bar-none.html TONIGHT: Free all-star Bedrock show at Bar None - Last-minute Bedrock 66 show promises soaring musical highs
  Robert Ellis will perform tonight at Bar None FOR FREERobert Ellis's second album Photographs was named one of the top 50 albums of 2011 by American Songwriter magazine.Matt Vasquez's ba...]]>
I was a wedding DJ (sort of) http://illinoistimes.com/article-15761-i-was-a-wedding-dj-%2528sort-of%2529.html I was a wedding DJ (sort of)
  This is nowhere near what it was likeNot long ago, I had the honor of being asked to be the DJ at the wedding reception of some friends. OK, “DJ” might not be the most technically...]]>
Better get on board - The symphony has Lincoln and trains on its mind http://illinoistimes.com/article-15414-better-get-on-board.html Better get on board - The symphony has Lincoln and trains on its mind
 The final concert of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 season is happening on Saturday, May 2, as part of the Lincoln Funeral Coalition. “The whole city is going to be gripped by t...]]>
Mostly Mozart By Illinois Symphony Orchestra - Featuring World Premier piece of music http://illinoistimes.com/article-15246-mostly-mozart-by-illinois-symphony-orchestra.html Mostly Mozart By Illinois Symphony Orchestra - Featuring World Premier piece of music
Illinois Symphony Orchestra to premier brand new piece written especially for them....]]>
Triumph, tragedy and Torch Tuesday http://illinoistimes.com/article-15167-triumph-tragedy-and-torch-tuesday.html Triumph, tragedy and Torch Tuesday
 Since 2010, Bar None in downtown Springfield has played host to Torch Tuesday, billed as “the longest running hip-hop open mic in central Illinois.” More than just a showcase for aspiring ta...]]>
New Madrid makes the earth shake - Southern psych-rockers set to storm Bedrock 66 http://illinoistimes.com/article-15153-new-madrid-makes-the-earth-shake.html New Madrid makes the earth shake - Southern psych-rockers set to storm Bedrock 66
 The Bedrock 66 series remains Springfield’s best chance to see unexpected, exciting live music across a wide spectrum of sounds, from bluegrass to power pop to alt country and beyond. This Fri...]]>
Inspirational rap concert in St. Louis - The biracial Run The Jewels played the night of the grand jury decision http://illinoistimes.com/article-14780-inspirational-rap-concert-in-st-louis.html Inspirational rap concert in St. Louis - The biracial Run The Jewels played the night of the grand jury decision
 On Monday, Nov. 24, I was faced with a quandary. Several months back, a friend had gotten us tickets for a nightclub concert scheduled in St. Louis that night by high-profile rap duo Run The Jew...]]>
Experience the power of power pop http://illinoistimes.com/article-14551-experience-the-power-of-power-pop.html Experience the power of power pop
 Paul Collins, who will be performing at Bar None Sunday, Oct. 12, is responsible for some of the catchiest, punchiest songs to never crack the top 20. In 1970s Los Angeles, his first band, The N...]]>
Indian percussion + Beethoven’s Third = ISO season premier http://illinoistimes.com/article-14552-indian-percussion-%252B-beethoven%25E2%2580%2599s-third-%253D-iso-season-premier.html Indian percussion + Beethoven’s Third = ISO season premier
 This Saturday, Oct. 11, marks the premier of the 2014-2015 season of the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the third under the auspices of music director Alastair Willis. The enthusiasti...]]>
Steely Dan sounding fresh - Band delivers at state fair http://illinoistimes.com/article-14337-steely-dan-sounding-fresh.html Steely Dan sounding fresh - Band delivers at state fair
If Walter Becker and Donald Fagen know one thing, it is how to hire musicians.The two-man songwriting brain trust that is Steely Dan has built a legacy on a revolving door of top-flight studio players...]]>
Boston plays Springfield http://illinoistimes.com/article-14323-boston-plays-springfield.html Boston plays Springfield
 Those – and there were a substantial number in attendance – who saw Boston at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday will, I suppose, have one of two reactions.It was really cool! They played al...]]>
Wave the flag - Black Flag plays Homespun http://illinoistimes.com/article-14216-wave-the-flag.html Wave the flag - Black Flag plays Homespun
 After nearly 40 years, Black Flag is still a whole lot of fun.With just one original member, the legendary hardcore punk band from California is, in at least one respect, a shadow of its former...]]>
Lyle Lovett delights http://illinoistimes.com/article-13928-lyle-lovett-delights.html Lyle Lovett delights
 The lack of artistic taste in towns the size of Springfield can never be underestimated. You didn’t have to look further than the empty seats in Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illino...]]>
Music from the heart - Conductor celebrates two decades in Springfield with special two-night performance http://illinoistimes.com/article-13814-music-from-the-heart.html Music from the heart - Conductor celebrates two decades in Springfield with special two-night performance
 Non-professional choirs and community choruses often write to world-famous venues hoping for a chance to sing inside. Cathedrals, castles, museums and other sites will appease amateur groups by...]]>
Paisley delivers gem - PCCC show a stand-out http://illinoistimes.com/article-13141-paisley-delivers-gem.html Paisley delivers gem - PCCC show a stand-out
Brad Paisley is not the greatest singer in country music. It did not matter whatsoever, because Paisley’s performance at PCCC was everything you could have wanted, and more....]]>
The thrill is gone - B.B. King disappoints http://illinoistimes.com/article-13116-the-thrill-is-gone.html The thrill is gone - B.B. King disappoints
 The best concert I ever saw was Ella Fitzgerald on May 12, 1985 at the Seattle Center Opera House.It was Mother’s Day and my date was my grandmother, a hopeless jazz addict who made sure that ...]]>
ZZ Top rocks Springfield - Opening act a gem http://illinoistimes.com/article-13015-zz-top-rocks-springfield.html ZZ Top rocks Springfield - Opening act a gem
The problem with reviewing a ZZ Top show is that somebody has already written practically everything that could be written about the trio from Texas that’s been tou...]]>
Maestro Willis: ‘A great season’ - The Illinois Symphony season opens Saturday with ‘Centennial Celebration’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-12934-maestro-willis-%25E2%2580%2598a-great-season%25E2%2580%2599.html Maestro Willis: ‘A great season’ - The Illinois Symphony season opens Saturday with ‘Centennial Celebration’
 This week marks the start of Alastair Willis’ second season as music director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. The energetic maestro is nearly bursting with enthusiasm for all that is in st...]]>
Symphony season goes out on a high note - Maestro Alastair Willis has great expectations for coming years http://illinoistimes.com/article-11340-symphony-season-goes-out-on-a-high-note.html Symphony season goes out on a high note - Maestro Alastair Willis has great expectations for coming years
This past weekend marked the end of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s 20th anniversary season, which was the first under the musical direction of Maestro Alastair Willis. Willis did not conduct ...]]>
One hell of an awards show for Springfield hip-hop - Torch Tuesday blows the roof off the sucka… respectfully http://illinoistimes.com/article-10981-one-hell-of-an-awards-show-for-springfield-hip-hop.html One hell of an awards show for Springfield hip-hop - Torch Tuesday blows the roof off the sucka… respectfully
Nobody can accuse the crowd at Torch Tuesday of not knowing how to party. Springfield’s most prominent showcase for regional hip-hop talent presented the second annual Torch Tuesday Awards on Ja...]]>
Henry Rollins brings a ‘talking show’ to the Hoogland - Former Black Flag singer is on a tour of state capitals http://illinoistimes.com/article-10557-henry-rollins-brings-a-lstalking-showrs-to-the-hoogland.html Henry Rollins brings a ‘talking show’ to the Hoogland - Former Black Flag singer is on a tour of state capitals
Henry Rollins is no Abe Lincoln.But that doesn’t stop the 51-year-old punk rock icon, TV personality, author and blogger from incorporating sections of the 16th president’s 1838 speech to ...]]>
Art, bikes and rock ’n’ roll - Jeff Williams of NIL8 has been creating music and art in Springfield for 30 years http://illinoistimes.com/article-10379-art-bikes-and-rock-rsnrs-roll.html Art, bikes and rock ’n’ roll - Jeff Williams of NIL8 has been creating music and art in Springfield for 30 years
Rock musician. Fine artist. Cycling champion. If lifelong Springfield resident Jeff Williams does not qualify as a genuine renaissance man, he’ll have to do until one comes along. In addition, t...]]>
Meet the maestro - The Illinois Symphony starts fresh with a new musical director http://illinoistimes.com/article-10068-meet-the-maestro.html Meet the maestro - The Illinois Symphony starts fresh with a new musical director
“The power of music can unite a community,” says Alastair Willis, brand new music director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. “That’s what we all need to be striving towards. ...]]>