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Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 12:03 am

The BassBerg lowdown and Moore

 As I started writing my column, the news went from bad to worse with mass shootings and Tom Petty’s untimely passing. No telling what else will happen before I finish this and we go to press, but condolences go out as a feeble exercise in combating the sadness and grief. As the show goes on, we continue with heavy hearts and sad souls.

Sliding into October, we find the music going crazy in the outdoor areas with a slew of our favorite local cover bands tearing up the stages at Long Bridge, Weebles, Curve Inn and Blue Grouch. I also see a very cool double bill of Suburban Mystics and Mr. Opporknockity at Crow’s Mill Pub on Friday and the superb and sublime Rogers & Nienhaus at Trails End in Curran on Saturday. I’ve noticed that bands often play two different venues in one weekend. I’m not sure how that works out crowd-wise, but if a group can sustain an audience that way, more power to the players. Any way it happens, the folks keep coming out to drink up the suds, dance to the tunes and dip into the good times.

On Sunday BassBerg returns to the Curve Inn as the last instrument-focused benefit standing. The bass players are the ones still going strong, and as a bassist myself, I must say “hats off” to the keepers of the bottom end. For those of you new to what I’m talking about, years ago we had one day a year dedicated to shows featuring guitarists (called Guitar Town) and drummers (Drum Fest) and bass players (BassBerg). The other events slowly slipped away; here’s hoping they’re revived soon. Those days of making music featuring local players doing short showcase sets was very cool, and really developed a sense of community in the music scene. But for now, we have the bassists keeping the action going and the big beat moving in a funky direction for all to enjoy.

BassBerg goes from 3 to 8, and features the bass players in The Groove Daddies, Kapital Sound, Take 10 and New City Road, plus surprise guests, a silent auction, giveaways and more fun than you can shake four strings at, and, perhaps best of all, the proceeds go directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Jeff Cunningham, co-organizer and pretty-darn-good bass player, just added the good news that the fine folks at Capital City Music donated a sweet Yamaha bass as a raffle item. All in all, we can say the bottom is not falling out of this event as long as the bass players are here to hold down the groove and keep it in the pocket.

Our buddy and brilliant songwriter Lyman Ellerman pops into town for a Friday night show with Dallas Moore at the Capital City Bar & Grill. Moore, based out of Austin, Texas, and Cincinnati, Ohio, or Texahio, as Dallas refers to his combined roots, has a new album ready to drop in February of 2018. The new single, titled “Mr. Honky Tonk,” can already be heard on satellite and terrestrial radio stations across the country. And speaking of across the country, Mr. Honky Tonk’s schedule takes him from Illinois to the West Coast, North Carolina, Florida, Texas and states in between with hardly a day off between now and New Year’s Eve (he’s playing in Richmond, Indiana, for NYE). Moore’s relentless touring keeps the music moving, putting Dallas in the news and the people in the know. The show on Friday features Lyman solo acoustic and Dallas with his touring band.

Come back next week. There’s plenty more where that came from.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com.


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