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Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 06:16 am

Re-solutions recommended


Blues, rock guitarist Matt O’Ree plays at Coz’s Pizza and Pub, Tues., Jan. 15, 8-11p.m.

Certain commitments known as New Year’s resolutions are commonly concocted around the beginning of a calendar year and generally concern a makeover of the self, often dealing with all kinds of ways to feel, act, look and be better. The word resolution, broken down, says to me, “re-solution,” as in finding a solution again or re-solving an issue or even going so far as to resolve the problem.

Even more fun is to move from resolution to revolution in a simple consonant switch that may be revolting to some, yet reassuring to others. Please consider making a re-solution to experience the arts in 2013 and let the waves of artistic values wash over your self with cleansing and stimulating effect thereby creating a positive influence upon your station in the world.

Here’s a good first chance to make good your resolution by dining at Café Brio this Friday from 5 to 9. Completing this simple and pleasant task sends 10% of all food sales toward funding the Springfield Public Schools Studio 186 Family Art Event on March 2. This free happening, open to elementary school students and their families, allows students to meet artists, do projects and other art-related stuff, creating a perfect opportunity to help out by just eating out.

Another easy step in moving your resolution forward involves purchasing a Bedrock 66 Live! season ticket. This concert series, supported by WUIS-FM and other sponsors, brings national acts to the Hoogland about once a month. Booked by Sean Burns with able assistance from WUIS general manager Bill Wheelhouse, the series has an astounding record of top-notch entertainers with the next two acts of The Travelin’ McCourys on Jan. 25 and Paul Collins Beat on Feb. 9 enough to justify the complete 2013 season ticket purchase.

And while we’re at it, let’s publicly thank Sean Burns for booking all those great acts over the last several years at the American Music Show for the Taste of Downtown and the Old Capitol Blues & BBQs. I really don’t think the public truly understands the work and time, along with the integrity and vision, Burns puts into making sure this town gets great acts. I shudder to think of going back to the days of old when festivals were consistent jokes perpetuated by incorrigible and uncaring booking agencies out to make a buck with no civic sense or music taste involved.

For those looking to join a community of songwriters to “get the art out,” former Springfield resident Mary Lemanski of Songsalive! hosts a songwriting workshop sponsored by the Chicago chapter of this global non-profit organization “dedicated to nurturing, support, education and promotion of songwriters and composers worldwide.” For more information about the Jan. 26 meeting at The Pharmacy go online to www.songsalive.org/group/Springfield.

Here’s a surprise concert at an unusual venue as acclaimed blues rock guitarist Matt O’Ree plays with his band Tues., Jan. 15 at Coz’s Pizza. Apparently this nationally touring and famous guy likes playing at Coz’s and stops by whenever his group passes through the area, and here they are, come to rock this pleasant pizza palace.

Good news from WQNA-FM 88.3, the Edge, as station manager Deb Antoine reports the FCC renewed their non-commercial education license for another eight years. That means our very own volunteer-driven, DJ-supported radio station of diverse and delightful programs housed at the Capital Area Career Center will be around for some time to come. Check out the latest program to join the station as the good guys at the Black Sheep Café present The Black Sheep Radio Show, Fridays, 4 to 6 p.m.

Good luck and best wishes on your re-solutions for 2013 and beyond.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com


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