Right into the new year
It’s nice to have New Year’s Day on a Tuesday this year, giving us our weekend free to enjoy live music at the regular times plus a day of rest before New Year’s Eve. That worked out quite well, thank you very much.
You can start your post-Christmas entertainment weekend with a bang on Thursday when Josie Lowder (yippee, she’s back for a bit!) joins Devin Williams for a blast at Buzz Bomb Brewing Co. Word has it Devin will start cruisin’ for a bluesin’ at 7 with Josie crammin’ for some jammin’ after that until around 9. I predict there will be musical interplay going on; what do you think? Also on this jam-packed-with-jams Thursday, The Curve Inn presents a roots music night with The Deep Hollow, Square of the Roots and Jeff Berendt. Don’t stop now, as Vele Restaurant on the corner of Sixth and Monroe streets gets into the live music scene from 6 to 9 with Myers, Brant and Paoni, an acoustic group doing classic rock covers complete with three-part harmony and an added little twist at times.
Lest we forget about our surrounding villages, towns, burgs and hamlets, Saturday night gives us a fine example of what’s going on around the capital city, but not in it. Kapital Sound waltzes into Danenberger Family Vineyards near New Berlin, mixing some smooth, old school R&B and soul with modern pop and rock all done with a very high level of professionalism and musicianship. And yes, the “Wine Rocks” venue is enclosed and heated for your winter comfort. On the other side of town at the Walnut Street Winery in Rochester, Lowder and Manning deliver the goods of original songs done to a “T” as a top-shelf acoustic duo. With Jill’s close-to-the-bone voice, rhythm guitar and songs joined by Jaigh’s exquisite guitar playing, songs and singing, the two are a match made for listening to as much as possible. Ryman’s Way does the classic country in classic style as good as anyone and better than most out at The Boar’s Nest on Route 29 near Athens. Take a trip to Jacksonville for a stop at Kuhl Tyme Korner and you’ll see The Mud Bugs back in action, doing blues their way and likely some other stuff as well. Down in Thayer, near Virden, Bluesmattic with Creek Walker does a number on what they like to call the “RocknBlues” at BREWzrz Pub featuring lots of electric blues classics rocked well. Keep up the small town tour and you could find yourself checking out Broken Stone doing their cool-as-can-be modern radio rock covers at Morgadilly’s in Waverly. And if you happen to be out all night or something like that, Dave Littrell will get you going at 3Sixteen Wine Bar in Chatham on Sunday from 4 to 7 while John Stevens hits up the 1905 Brewing Company in Assumption and The Wolf Crick Boys country up the Buckhart Tavern in Buckhart.
Somehow after all that we must buck it up and prepare for Monday night and the great party holiday of New Year’s Eve. Live music is always best, and there’s going to be plenty of it all over the place, from First Night in downtown Springfield to a shiny shindig in every spot around. May I recommend a solid look at our Illinois Times calendars for a near-guarantee of a regular hoot of a time this NYE, wherever you maybe may be.
A happy and healthy new year to you all.