All over town
Thursday night starts us off with a one-of-a-kind performance at Buzz Bomb Brewery enticingly entitled Pistol Pete’s Existential Crisis (7-9). Pistol Pete is Pete Midtgard, a lead singer on the upright bass who is/was the driving force behind the Twistin Tarantulas, a Detroit-based, rockabilly-punk trio that survived 25 years of life on the road. PP is a last dude standing and comes to BBB to play his heart out while relating tales from a life devoted to making real music on his own terms.
Friday brings a delightful assortment of entertainment including local singer, songwriter and guitarist Casey Cantrall at Always After Five and Bloomington’s top-notch singer, songwriter and guitarist Dan Hubbard popping into Craft Beer Bar. The world-famous Diana Krall plays the Sangamon Auditorium while The Kitchens, famous folks in their own right, dish up the good stuff at Arlington’s. Out at Boondock’s our good friends from DSI bring back acts that were washed out in the downpour during this year’s Amaranth Apple fest in July. The concert, boosted as a “Downtown Revitalization” fundraiser, features Andy Logan & the O.C. 75s and guitar king J.D. SIMO, both based in Nashville, Tennessee, plus an opening blitz set by yours truly starting at 7 p.m.
There’s a benefit for Cindy Bartlett held this Saturday at The Shed on the State Fairgrounds (noon-6) with live music by Miranda Coy, Jason MacKenzie (The Brotherhood) and The Meerkat Mobsters (Mark Mills). Cindy is fighting against an aggressive cancer, so please help out by coming out to enjoy the music plus all the fundraiser fun stuff going on.
On Saturday night the Black Sheep Cafe hosts Shadows of Knight featuring Jimy Sohns, the original lead vocalist of the Chicago suburbs-based band that had a monster hit in 1965 with the Van Morrison-penned song “Gloria,” originally cut by Van’s band, Them. More than one-hit wonders, under Jimy’s lead as the only original member left, SoK did a few studio albums mostly filled with old blues songs and continued performing, getting a boost in later years by releasing old live recordings and touring on some retro, classic shows. I’ll do an opening slot at 7, then the band Rockford plays a set before Jimy and the boys go for the big event.
On Sunday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis land at Bar None for a demonstrative demonstration of the dynamic duo’s recent record, Wild! Wild! Wild!. Fulks, a genuine folk hero in Springfield for his past performances as well as a Grammy-nominated musician, pairs with piano-pumping veteran performer Linda Gail, the younger sister of the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis, to do a set of wild and wooly, fun-filled and original rockabilly songs. Joined by famed country-pickin’ guitarist Redd Volkaert, this should be another night of world-class music brought to you by your friends at Bedrock 66 Live!.
On Monday night The Alamo and the Illinois Central Blues Club host recently-signed Alligator Records artist Lindsay Beaver of the 24th Street Wailers. Her debut album titled Tough as Love just came out on Oct. 12 and showcases the singing, songwriting drummer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in her stunning style of blues that connects punk, soul and old-school rockin’ that’s surely destined to take her places far from home.