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Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 12:03 am

Dry September music

The Emerald Underground plays Robbie’s this Friday, then again in Washington Park on Sunday for “Music in the Park,” joined by Skibbereen and Elks Pipes & Drums.


Look out below and above, and in between, too, as we recover from the deluge of last weekend and prepare for more good live music inside and out during mid-September. Hopefully and expectedly events will be a bit more on the dry side of things.

Our weekly adventures begin at 6 on Thursday night with the annual “Women Who Rock!” benefit for the Sojourn’s Women and Children Shelter & Services hosted by the good folks at It’s All About Wine. The event description says to get there early for a seat when several local female singer-songwriters and musicians (no menfolk are allowed to perform, but showing up is appreciated) gather to make music for a vital cause continuing the good work of Sojourn’s mission. IAAW will also be donating 10 percent of the entire day’s sales, so if you can’t make the show but want to give, go buy some wine.

Our second local Oktoberfest of the season is the third annual (got it?) Frankie’s Brewhaus Street Party, held Friday and Saturday night on Washington in front of the venerable Brewhaus. A $5 admission fee gets you into the event with live music outdoors by Relativity and Off the Wall on Friday, plus Kapital Sound and Sunshine Daydream on Saturday, as well as Mike Burnett & the Blue Suns covering the late-night inside jams all weekend long. The kitchen will be dishing out fantastic and familiar Frankie food and the Coors Light Silver Bullet Semi will be in attendance, along with a craft beer area and a wine tent.

On Saturday the Longbranch Tavern in Athens celebrates 21 years of being a bar with a big blast all day long, featuring the Soul Kitchen Band starting at 8 p.m. Any time you can keep a watering hole open for more than two decades, you are doing something right. From being decent people who kindly host fundraisers for local folks in need to presenting the annual Ham-n-Jam and the famed balls-to-the-wall Testicle Festival, they do and have done whatever it takes to make it work. Congrats, and keep the party going.

Our friends at the Indian Creek Farmstead and Pumpkin Patch east of Petersburg off of State Route 123 begin the pumpkin season this weekend with an open house – and farm and sheds, patches and fields – from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Along with plenty of the familiar-looking orange squash, there will be food and beverages available to enjoy, including tasty beer from Hand of Fate, while checking out the nifty grounds and neat market store as the fine musical stylings of The ColdPeppers waft through the fall air from 1 to 3 p.m. Time to fall into fall, as they say.

Sunday brings us to the final “Music in the Park” concert of 2018 with the annual Celtic celebration at Washington Park from 4 to 7 p.m. featuring The Emerald Underground, Skibbereen and the Elks Pipes & Drums group. Always a well-attended and finely played event, as the Irish songs and sounds meld into flavors of world music and Celtic fusion for a whiz-bang of a time, folks might be reminded that we are right at the halfway point to St. Pat’s Day and begin uncontrollably yelling “Erin go Bragh!” and “Slainte!” at intermittent moments during the performances. Well, that really hasn’t ever happened that I know of, but perhaps 2018 is the year.

Here’s hoping you can partake in these events and others in our calendar listings without being “blessed with a little more rain,” as Johnny Cash once sang. And don’t forget to vote in the “Best of Springfield” runoff elections starting this Thursday.

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