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Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 12:03 am

Warm up to live music

Acclaimed Australian blues guitarist Michael Charles plays Pop’s in Decatur on Sunday, Jan. 14, from 3-6pm.


Hardly anything (other than maybe a friendly animal, or a pile of quilts, or a blazing fire) can warm the bones like a good musical performance. Since hauling any of the aforementioned things around could be considered cumbersome, silly or dangerous, go see some live music to heat things up and beat the winter blahs.

Let’s start with a “congratulations” to Dumb Records for celebrating four years of being a record store. The little store that could (and does) is located in South Town, next to Clay’s Popeye Barbecue, through the alley from Black Sheep Café and across South Grand from that snazzy, restored South Town marquee for the old theater that houses the Walch Stained Glass Studio. Folks involved in running the Black Sheep also keep Dumb Records going, and it takes a lot of time, dedication and effort with not a lot of monetary rewards received. Part business venture and part labor of love, the store has a great deal of heart and a good amount of used and new records, plus shirts, zines and other paraphernalia associated mostly with local and touring groups of the indie-rock and punk worlds, but certainly not confined to those genres, especially in the used-records area.

And, speaking of records, to commemorate the anniversary the store is offering a free hand-wrapped vinyl record (could be anything from used to new, classical to punk) to anyone walking through the doors on Thursday, Jan. 11. Also, starting at 7 p.m., Livin’ Thing, Jared Grabb and Brett Conlin play sets inside the friendly confines of Dumb Records. Be sure to take notice of the former pink elephant, now painted green, in the outdoor space next to the store. Any questions about the familiar fiberglass pachyderm of Springfield history should be directed to Brian Galecki at the establishment. Please, support your local record stores, including Recycled Records and Elf Shelf, along with the toddler, Dumb Records. If you’re wondering about all the current fuss concerning vinyl records, look it up on the internet and you’ll discover more LPs are sold than CDs nowadays. So go get a turntable, then get going to Dumb Records on Thursday to get your free record and get started on an exciting album adventure.

Also on Thursday, the Illinois State Museum hosts “Music at the Museum,” presenting Chris Vallillo and Rocky Moffat performing “Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement.” The 11-song show celebrates the significance of music during the civil rights era of the 1960s, as Chris and Rocky interpret the songs of the times while adding background information to accompany the moments of this vital experience in our country’s history. Along with celebrating the January birthdate of Martin Luther King, Jr., the show also commemorates 50 years since the tragic assassination of the civil rights leader in April of 1968.

In other happenings, on Friday night the very happening band Astrofix combines originals and cool covers at Third Base Sportsbar, as Zack Fedor with Winston’s Weekend takes on the Curve Inn, while Frank’s (as in Trompeter) Discount Lounge Act sets up shop at Craft Beer Bar. Saturday gives us the Casey Cantrall Band reelin’ and a-rockin’ at 411, Nymbuss tracking down the Trading Post, and Sarah Schneider cleaning up at Keefner’s. On Sunday acclaimed Australian bluesman Michael Charles blows into Pop’s in Decatur, while Brooke Thomas and Chris Warren charm the Danenberger Family Vineyards. For this week’s “Blue Monday” concert at the Alamo, local legends The Groove Daddies handily handle the weekly chores for the long-running Illinois Central Blues Club get together.

If that doesn’t keep you toasty, you’d better head to Tahiti in a hurry.

Contact Tom Irwin at tirwin@illinoistimes.com


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