IllinoisTimes - Band Spotlight Tue, 01 Dec 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters
 Winners of the Rock Band award in our “Best of Springfield” poll for 2015, this band has steadily won a “Best of” category in music for the last several years. Considered the go-to popul...]]>
Jason Boland & The Stragglers Jason Boland & The Stragglers
 These guys hail from Stillwater, Okla., and play what has become known as “Red Dirt” country music. The name comes from the color of earth you find in Oklahoma, and the band’s style lives...]]>
Enamel Enamel
 With Kevin Wasmer (vocals, guitar) and Sam Ganci (drums) as the core of the band’s hard-hitting, melodic sound for several years, the recently recharged Enamel added Nick Beal (bass) and Tyler...]]>
Guts Club Guts Club
 Lindsay Baker, a former child beauty queen and inventor of incredibly adventurous and artistic videos with songs attached, is Guts Club, all by her lonesome. For a look into the life and times o...]]>
A Thousand Horses A Thousand Horses
 A real rock-country music band that’s having chart success while claiming influences from a “hybrid of English rock, country, American rock, soul and blues.” Michael Hobby (lead vocals), B...]]>
Rockin’ Johnny Burgin Rockin’ Johnny Burgin
 Hot off a Southern California run and in between a southern Missouri romp, the very busy and very talented blues guitarist, singer and bandleader from Chicagoland makes his way to the Illinois C...]]>
Steely James Steely James
 Based out of Nashville, Tenn., this wandering troubadour keeps mostly on the road. He has a lot to say, mostly about social issues that need to be addressed from the progressive side. Steely Jam...]]>
Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin & The Guilty Ones Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin & The Guilty Ones
 Here’s a record with a story to tell, not only in the songs recorded but in the recording of the songs. After Brian Zilm finished tracking his latest album in Springfield at Frequincy Recordin...]]>
Jeff Cordes Jeff Cordes
 With a winning smile and a pocketful of songs, Springfield-based singer-songwriter-entertainer Jeff Cordes brings on the music. Born in the capital city, raised in Lincoln and a graduate of Illi...]]>
Brian Zilm Brian Zilm
 Here’s a record with a story to tell, not only in the songs recorded but in the recording of the songs. After Brian Zilm finished tracking his latest album in Springfield at Frequincy Recordin...]]>
Governor Street Governor Street
 With a carefree and can-do motto of “music frees your mind and boogies your soul” this spirited, six-piece combo makes a debut performance at the Hut on Friday. Nate Cozadd (guitar, vocals)...]]>
CaveofswordS CaveofswordS
 Based out of South City, St. Louis, CaveofswordS travels in otherworldly ways in the sound sphere, spending time in advancing the cause of art, dance, poetry and music. Calling their genre DubWa...]]>
Alter Ego Alter Ego
 Band members Dave Boedecker (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Keith Dunlap (guitars, lead cowbell, vocals), Tony Grissom (drums, vocals) and Tony (A.J.) Tarro (bass, keyboards, vocals) bring a boatlo...]]>
GirlBilly GirlBilly
 When two attractive, talented, ambitious and nice girls meet up in Nashville by coincidence and hit it off immediately, what should they do? Start a duo and take the entertainment world by storm...]]>
2nd Chance Band 2nd Chance Band
 When you get a second chance you best make the most of it, and longtime local musicians Doug Bernet (drums), Marc Camp (vocals), Ralph Carbonell (guitar, vocals), Tom Jackson (bass, vocals) and...]]>
The Shunpikers The Shunpikers
 Originally formed in late 2013 as a one-time get-together of friends to play a benefit show, The Shunpikers hit it off so well they just kept going. Current bandmates include area stalwarts of t...]]>
Broseph E. Lee Broseph E. Lee
 On the move and in the groove, this six-piece, self-proclaimed “country-rock” band covers contemporary and country classics, but what really sets Broseph E. Lee apart is their catchy songwri...]]>
The Cadillac Three The Cadillac Three
Hailing from the other side of the tracks in Nashville, the long-haired trio of Jaren Johnston (lead vocals, guitar), Kelby Ray (bass guitar, Dobro, acoustic guitar, vocals) and Neil Mason (drums, voc...]]>
The Way Down Wanderers The Way Down Wanderers
 Originally from Peoria and now based out of Chicago, this active and alternative folk quintet is on the move. Bandmates Austin Thompson (vocals, guitar), Collin Krause (vocals, mandolin, violin,...]]>
Anni Piper Anni Piper
 This bass-playing, award-winning, world-traveling blues vocalist recently relocated from her native Australia to Cocoa Beach, Florida, all the while continuing her scorching career in the world...]]>
Broadside Broadside
 Formed in 2010 in Richmond, Virginia, Broadside took the time to cultivate, promulgate and perpetuate music worth hearing and a concert worth seeing. Recently signed to Chicago’s Victory Recor...]]>
Bacon and bands Bacon and bands
 Here’s a delectable new festival that we’re excited to see in the streets of downtown Springfield: the first annual Downtown Bacon Throwdown and Music Fest, hosted by Downtown Springfield, I...]]>
10 Years 10 Years
Formed in Knoxville, Tenn., some ten years ago, 10 Years is a hard-working, hard-rocking, hard-playing band out to conquer the world on their own terms. Hitting the road to promote Birth and Burial, t...]]>
New City Road New City Road
 Named after a well-traveled country blacktop south of Springfield, New City Road likes to mix it up with the audience, combining showmanship and comradeship of the band to reach listeners and br...]]>
Modern Superstar Modern Superstar
 Formed in 2010 from various musicians touring the same rock-band circuit, Modern Superstar features members from Chicago, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky and right here in Springfield. No strangers to t...]]>
F5 F5
 Here’s one F5 central Illinois can be happy about seeing again, as the extremely popular band of some years ago rekindles the magic to bring back the sounds that filled dance floors at bars, f...]]>
Piston Broke Piston Broke
 How nice is it that a band with five members each bringing decades of music-making experience to the fold has a debut performance? Members come with nicknames included, as Jeff “Drum Junkie”...]]>
Unity the Band Unity the Band
 How a native of Fuji ended up playing reggae in an award-winning band all over the Midwest is one part of Unity’s story, but what keeps them coming back to venues is the real story and that’...]]>
Marina V Marina V
 Always on the move and in the groove, Russian-born, singer-songwriter-keyboardist Marina V stops in town to perform her expressive, original songs. As a high-schooler in Moscow, she won a contes...]]>
Frank’s Discount Lounge Act Frank’s Discount Lounge Act
 Remember those entertainment relics called “lounge singers” who could somewhat sleazily, but mostly cheesily, easily charm the pants off a mannequin? Bill Murray famously portrayed one in th...]]>