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Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:03 am

Record store day and more

Thin Ice rocks it out at Mama Lee's Sandbar this Saturday.


Let’s take a romp through the scene of live music happenings to see what we can see. Then when we get from here to there, we can hear what we can hear when we see it, too.

Thursday kicks off with a rip roaring blast coming on strong as the hip and cool night of the week this week. If you like Queen, with a touch of Prince and David Bowie on the side, wind your way out to the Curve Inn for a full night of Black Queen with Purple Stardust opening the show. You can count on hearing classic songs from some of the coolest modern rock artists of the 70s and 80s done by some familiar local musicians and singers. Out at Danenberger’s Family Vineyards, get ready for Live Karaoke Band, which sounds like an oxymoron, but is actually a live band as your karaoke machine. You pick the songs and they play them, all on the well-equipped soundstage of DFV’s Wine Rocks venue as an added bonus to pretending in a very real way. To complete our Thursday run, Ward Davis, a singer-songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee, by way of Monticello, Arkansas, lands at Boondocks. Ward’s list of accomplishments include cuts of his songs by the likes of Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Wade Hayes and Sammy Kershaw, as well as appearances on the A&E reality series, “Crazy Hearts: Nashville,” plus a co-write with Cody Jinks on the big country hit, “I’m not the Devil.”

We’re skipping Friday and going straight to Saturday because we can, and because it’s all about Record Store Day. As I was gushing to a friend about this Record Store Day thing the other night, I realized as he was nodding his head that he had no idea what I was talking about. So I’m assuming that many readers aren’t aware of this worldwide celebration inaugurated in 2008 to “celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store” by folks who care about such things.  A highlight of the day comes with one-time only records released specifically on Record Store Day to increase the chances of you going to your friendly neighborhood record store. With our esteemed and internationally recognized Recycled Records (near Seventh and Adams) and the new kid in town (relatively speaking) Dumb Records (near Fourth and Monroe), we have a very high concentration of low-down record hipness in this area. Both places will be joining in the celebration with special deals, so make an effort, if you please, to visit your local independent record store this Saturday or sometime soon to check out the happenings and get some record store culture in your gullet.

Now with your Saturday daytime visit to you-know-where complete, the night is open for live music entertainment. While you’re downtown, why not hop on over to Anvil and Forge Brewery and Distillery (near Seventh and Washington) for some music from The Deep Hollow starting at 5 p.m. After that, wander on in to Buzz Bomb Brewing Co. (near Fourth and Adams) for a taste of Mississippi Jake’s take on Southern traditional music through a Midwest lens. Then boogie yourself out to Mama Lee’s Sandbar near Mechanicsburg (on the Sangamon River) for the return of Thin Ice, featuring local electric guitar legend Joe Cooke with Joe Fromm and Steve Kelton from 8 p.m .until midnight. For a taste of the acoustic sensibilities of Arlin Peebles and Erin Darnell, make a break for It’s All About Wine where the tunes begin at 6 p.m.

We will see you next week, after Record Store Day.


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