Lake Rumble, Dumb Fest and Moore
If May is merry, can June be jolly? I vote yes. And so it seems that the pleasant weather (so far) and plentiful events (keep ‘em coming) are conspiring to make it so – so let’s go!
There’s a newly-minted happening occurring around Lake Springfield this summer called “Rumble around the Lake.” Created and hosted by the Lake Council Organization, a group representing private clubs based on the lake, the whole shebang goes for nine weeks from 6 to 9 every Thursday evening. It began on May 31 and goes through August 2 (except for July 5) and features live music and food at a different lake club each week. So, hey, easy riders, get on your bad motor scooter and ride, enjoy good thunder-rollin’ times, and sign up for a chance to win some cool things, like a Lake of the Ozarks getaway in September and giveaways related to the Labor Day Springfield Mile Race. This Thursday features the Josh Holland Band at the TRN Club.
The Black Sheep Cafe crew is hosting their sixth annual Dumb Fest this weekend, featuring some 50 bands (mostly from out of state, plus several regional and local acts) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The music lineup is far-reaching and extensive starting on Friday and Saturday at the Black Sheep Café, and Skanks Skates compounds with after-hours concerts elsewhere (show up to learn where). Sunday afternoon and evening bands are at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hardee’s on Stevenson Drive and downtown at the Old State Capitol, a beautifully-orchestrated contradiction in venues if I’ve ever seen one. With the music on the indie-punk and DIY side of things, the band names show expressiveness and creativity, including a few like these: Ritalin O.D. (Chicago), It’s Me Ross (Columbia, Missouri), Nice Try (Bloomington, Indiana), Cherry Death (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Deodorant (Chicago), Special Interest (New Orleans) and PRYSS (Springfield). Of course, this whole operation pretty much exists to try to pay the bills to keep it all going, so anything anyone can do, including buying a ticket and attending the many facets of the fest this weekend, helping house band members, or just supporting the all-ages venue is mightily appreciated and sorely needed. Stay tuned for important information regarding the future of the Black Sheep Cafe after Dumb Fest.
Bar None in downtown Springfield continues bringing in the top-shelf shows with three biggies this week. On Friday singer-songwriter extraordinaire Jordan Collins drops by. He’s on tour from Seattle and will be joined by area artists Kate Laine, Ben Bedford and Erin Darnell. Special kudos goes to Ben for being named a “2018 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award” recipient recently. It’s a big deal among the popular-music world, considering past winners included Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith. On Saturday the Fireside Relics join forces with St. Louis rockers Feel (formerly or also known as Nick Bifano & the Innocents) for a genuine, all-out American rock ‘n’ roll show. Then on Tuesday the legendary guitarist and singer-songwriter Ian Moore (of Austin via Seattle) comes to town. During his 30-some year career in making music, he’s opened for Bob Dylan, ZZ Top and the Rolling Stones, plus performed and acted in the film Sling Blade. He released his 14th album, Toronto, a few weeks ago and is jamming with a band while roaring by on his way to a jillion other gigs in his incredibly busy and creative schedule.
This week our good friend Rockin’ Johnny Burgin comes a-knockin’, kicking off several gigs in the area with a Blue Monday appearance at The Alamo, then a Bluesday Tuesday at Coz’s Pizza. Stay tuned for more RJB shows next week.
Over and out and into the next week in a flash.