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Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019 12:03 am

Music in a winter wonderland

Reverend Robert joins Ben "the Harpman" Cox for a Third Thursday night of blues at Hand of Fate in Petersburg, Jan. 17 at 7pm.

Look out folks, as we wander into mid-January of 2019, sliding into it on the ice and snow of the previous several days with much more of the same stuff likely headed our way soon. Quite a few events were postponed due to last weekend’s wintry weather and more may follow suit this weekend. Keep a heads up for new dates, and I will do all I can here to direct you to the re-dos.

We were certainly spoiled over the last few years with mostly mild weather (or so I seem to remember), but payback time is upon us. I do believe the more bad weather we get, the more we get used to it, and unless things are truly dangerous the events go on regardless of the white stuff, icy conditions and freezing temps.

So come on, you cold weather, just keep it coming. We can take it, rise above it and continue to attend functions, while all the while dreaming of warmer days in Springfield’s popular outdoor venues where we can be found complaining about blistering hot, humidity-filled days while sipping a cold one and talking about how dang cold it was only six months earlier. Now, are you ready for some gigs?

To begin, let’s announce the first annual Ring of Fire Charities fundraiser trivia night held in honor of the late Dave Baker. When the certifiable character involved in the punk (and otherwise) music scene passed away unexpectedly in 2013, friends and family planned on starting something to pay tribute to the incredibly caring family man, formidably passionate educator and extremely vital friend of local music. Now they’ve begun raising funds for scholarships at Lincoln Land Community College as the way to honor the kind of guy that Baker was. Please show up at the IBEW Local 193 on Saturday at 7 p.m. to partake in the trivia night to pay respect to Baker and benefit others. Be sure to visit their event Facebook page for more information.

Let’s jump ahead to talking about the WhirlWind 2018 event on Sunday, Jan. 20 from noon until 6 p.m., created to benefit victims of the tornado that hit Taylorville on Dec. 1, 2018. The fundraising shindig is set to happen at The Curve, Third Base, George Rank’s, Crow’s Mill Pub, The Blue Grouch and Craft Beer Bar on Sunday. It features several local bands including Lick Creek, Off The Wall, Brandy Kristin & the Revival, Exit 52, ReMix, Winston’s Weekend, Sequoia Drive, Pop Ninjas, The Get Down, Betty Whitesnake, Sunset Strip, Smooth Groove, Stone Giants, JukeRox and the Craft Beer Bar Open Mic All Stars. Go to the WhirlWind 2018 Facebook event page for all the details and get to helping out those who need some help by helping yourself to live music.

I am hesitant to go on about all the other upcoming cool things happening soon since the forecast is so nasty and chock-filled to the brim with winter storms and bitter cold temperatures. You’d better check ahead if you’re planning on going out anywhere around the area this weekend and don’t want to be disappointed when you get where you’re going and nobody else is there but Frosty the Snowman. We may not be used to this yet, or ever.

Sorry to be the sad messenger, but keep thinking about those beer garden boogies awaiting you in the good old summertime.

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