IllinoisTimes - Music http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-42-1-music.html Tue, 30 Jun 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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. ...]]>
Confessions of a (minor) rock star - Mike Doughty performs at Legacy Theatre March 30 http://illinoistimes.com/article-9817-confessions-of-a-%2528minor%2529-rock-star.html Confessions of a (minor) rock star - Mike Doughty performs at Legacy Theatre March 30
Mike Doughty has been through the ringer. The former lead vocalist for sample-heavy ’90s alternative-rock mainstays Soul Coughing (“Super Bon Bon,” “Circles”) has put a l...]]>
This Langfelder son is a New York singer - Home for the holidays, Jacob Langfelder performs in Springfield Dec. 29 http://illinoistimes.com/article-9494-this-langfelder-son-is-a-new-york-singer.html This Langfelder son is a New York singer - Home for the holidays, Jacob Langfelder performs in Springfield Dec. 29
From the moment he made his musical debut at age 10, lip syncing Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” at Blessed Sacrament School’s talent show, Jacob Langfelder wanted to be on sta...]]>
Hip-hop in the Heartland - The talent at Torch Tuesday may be the Springfield music scene's best-kept secret http://illinoistimes.com/article-9149-hip-hop-in-the-heartland.html Hip-hop in the Heartland - The talent at Torch Tuesday may be the Springfield music scene's best-kept secret
[SOUND EFFECTS: needle drops onto vinyl; surface static; reporter clears throat]I’ll never forget the day I stumbled onto Springfield’s underground hip-hop scene. It all started with Raekw...]]>
The mysterious Lazer Dudes - Springfield's own electro-rock-sex-revival adventure http://illinoistimes.com/article-7380-the-mysterious-lazer-dudes.html The mysterious Lazer Dudes - Springfield's own electro-rock-sex-revival adventure
Black leather fingerless gloves. Love Club and Stripping Glitter. Tattoos of strange designs in stranger places. Cahokia Mounds and MoonPandas. What link ties these odd and peculiar things together? A...]]>
Central Illinois bands in Texas - Sounds from home at South by Southwest music fest http://illinoistimes.com/article-7110-central-illinois-bands-in-texas.html Central Illinois bands in Texas - Sounds from home at South by Southwest music fest
Austin, Texas — At the South by Southwest music festival, the spring break of the music industry, sensory overload is practically guaranteed. From March 17-21, nearly 2,000 acts played in Austin...]]>
Urban music radio comes to Springfield online http://illinoistimes.com/article-7042-urban-music-radio-comes-to-springfield-online.html Urban music radio comes to Springfield online
It began with a childhood dream of becoming a radio personality. But when Angel Macon sent demos to countless area radio stations, none responded. Instead of idly waiting for that big break, Macon too...]]>
REO Speedwagon rolls home - Central Illinois' classic rock favorite sons perform here Feb. 25 http://illinoistimes.com/article-6978-reo-speedwagon-rolls-home.html REO Speedwagon rolls home - Central Illinois' classic rock favorite sons perform here Feb. 25
“When I look down the tour itinerary and see towns like Springfield and Champaign, the word that immediately comes to mind is ‘home,” says REO Speedwagon’s lead singer Kevin Cr...]]>