Mayhem in music
From a charity festival in praise of beer and doughnuts to an upcoming summer-long concert series, along with award-winning blues bands and music rumbling at the lake, springtime has clean sprung almost into summertime, making for some fun musical mayhem in May.
Early this week we received the long-awaited and much anticipated announcement of the roster of music acts to perform at the first-ever Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series, which will be held downtown this summer at what is popularly called the Y block. The list contains a welcomed selection of diverse national and regional music artists, definitely providing us with a few familiar names and some never before heard in this town.
Ranging from The Dirty Dozen Brass Band to Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Ensemble, Liz Cooper & the Stampede to the legendary Skatalites, it’s an impressive bunch that deserves our attention and participation, as well as our congratulations to the presenters, the Downtown Springfield Heritage Foundation, and partners, Downtown Springfield, Inc. (DSI) and Springfield Area Arts Council (SAAC). Now get your lawn chairs ready and get to these concerts held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. from May 30 (featuring modern gospel guy Damon Mitchell) to August 1 (Americana singer-songwriter John Moreland). It’s truly an honor and a big deal to host the Levitt Amp concert series. We can complete our end of the bargain by simply showing up and enjoying the show. Easy-peasy, as they say. For more info visit: concerts.levittamp.org/springfield.
In other news on the downtown front, this weekend the annual event officially entitled the Fat Ass 5k & Street Party for Charity rears its fun-loving head. Now into a second decade of existence, this seemingly silly happening is serious about raising funds for local needs, tallying over 1.3 million bucks in donations in the last 10 years by combining a foot race, live music, cold beer, junk food and a true sense of service. The big pre-party is on Friday night with Off the Wall, After Sunset and The Shenanigans, then the large stage entertainment continues on Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. with Captain Geech, all happening between Washington and Adams on Seventh Street in front of Celtic Mist. During the 5K (seriously intense runners and serious partying walkers are all welcome), several familiar local music acts perform at stops along the way. Check out all the skinny on the Fat Ass website and go get your fat ass down there.
Rumble Around the Lake, encouraging modern-day bikers to have some kinda fun, kicks off this Saturday with the musically mighty Mudbugs at the Sunset Inn Tavern from 3 to 7 p.m. The annual Lake Council-organized hardy party features a different local band at a different lake club every Thursday throughout the summer until Aug. 1. So get on your bad motor scooter and ride to become an easy rider for a day. Or just drive your four-wheeled vehicle if you must, but go attend the goings on, please.
Blues bands abound this week, including Mary Jo Curry at the Curve on Thursday, Orphan Jon & the Abandoned at Third Base on Friday and The Drifter Kings at the Alamo on Monday, along with the Danenberger Family Vineyard hosting the Ghost Town Blues Band on Friday and Chris O’Leary Band on Sunday.
Don’t forget about the Second Thursday Music at the Museum concert series hosted by Chris Vallillo. This month (May 9, 7 p.m.) the music artist is legendary folk singer and songwriter musician Joel Mabus, a true treat to behold and not to be missed.
Can next week include even more mayhem in May? Maybe so, Ma.