Makings of music
Let’s first pay our respects to a recently departed friend of the local music scene and fan of all the cool music out there. Keith Perks passed away a few weeks ago from natural causes due to recent health issues. We miss his smiling face and cordial company as well as his compelling interest in live music. When the music was being made, Keith was there, cheering on the musicians not just with unbridled enthusiasm but also a deep knowledge of where the sounds originated and how the music fit together to unite us human souls. Join friends and family from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 22) at the VFW on Old Jacksonville Road for some live music, food, drinks and companionship as we celebrate the life of Keith. Also in memoriam there’s a John Brillhart Memorial Music Festival held all day in town on Saturday, with details on the event’s Facebook page.
The main focus of our upcoming scene surely swirls around the 17th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival held in lovely downtown Springfield this weekend. With streets blocked off for a couple of days, the getting in and out ain’t easy, but the reward of a sprightly uptown happening could be worth the walk. During the day on Saturday catch Stuart Smith’s Revelators in front of Recycled Records from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can rest assured that the Kesslers will keep the venerable store open late on Friday and Saturday to be in the middle of the festivities as they have been for so many years as mainstays of the downtown community and beyond. The official Mother Road event music space, called the Hot Rod Stage and parked near Sixth and Washington, hosts several local bands that fit into the classic car genre in some form or another. All in all, expect a bunch of live music reverberating amidst the burnouts, rev ups and other organic sounds a car show makes while in progress.
In downtown nightclub action Craft Beer Bar runs the table with the samba sounds of Julie Jules & Co. on Thursday, the mighty music making of Jones & Chase on Friday night, and the solo serenading of Silas Tockey on Saturday. Boone’s brings in Purple Stardust (Prince and Bowie covers) on Saturday as Michael Burnett takes his Suns to the Brewhaus. Bar None keeps up the onslaught of good music gone better with The Complaint Line, Dead End Lights and Telephone Junkies rocking the house on Friday, plus Wolf Crick Boys and Wayward Motel during a sweet double bill on Saturday.
In something that fits in quite well with the theme of the week but away from downtown, check out the live music and other stuff at Route 66 Motorheads Bar, Grill & Museum out on the west side of Route 66/Interstate 55 on Toronto Road. The spot just opened up in May of 2018 and features live music regularly, including the Hall’s Summer Thunder Tour on Friday with Mike Burnett & the Suns, plus the Mojocats blues-ing it up on Sunday.
In unrelated classic car news, on Saturday Last Acre (the daughter-father folk-duo of Molly and Mark Mathewson) perform a Paris-Belle House concert while Old Friends Bruce Horn and Jerry Erickson get to make up once again at It’s All About Wine. Be sure to check out the Sunday gigs; things are hopping on our supposed day of rest.
Reminder: “Best of Springfield” voting ends at midnight on Monday, Sept. 24.
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