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Thursday, May 15, 2014 12:01 am
 The lack of artistic taste in towns the size of Springfield can never be underestimated. You didn’t have to look further than the empty seats in Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illino...
Thursday, May 1, 2014 12:01 am

Conductor celebrates two decades in Springfield with special two-night performance

 Non-professional choirs and community choruses often write to world-famous venues hoping for a chance to sing inside. Cathedrals, castles, museums and other sites will appease amateur groups by...
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 08:42 am

PCCC show a stand-out

Brad Paisley is not the greatest singer in country music. It did not matter whatsoever, because Paisley’s performance at PCCC was everything you could have wanted, and more....
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 09:24 am

B.B. King disappoints

 The best concert I ever saw was Ella Fitzgerald on May 12, 1985 at the Seattle Center Opera House.It was Mother’s Day and my date was my grandmother, a hopeless jazz addict who made sure that ...
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 04:26 pm

Opening act a gem

The problem with reviewing a ZZ Top show is that somebody has already written practically everything that could be written about the trio from Texas that’s been tou...
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 12:00 am

The Illinois Symphony season opens Saturday with ‘Centennial Celebration’

 This week marks the start of Alastair Willis’ second season as music director of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. The energetic maestro is nearly bursting with enthusiasm for all that is in st...
Thursday, May 9, 2013 09:04 am

Maestro Alastair Willis has great expectations for coming years

This past weekend marked the end of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra’s 20th anniversary season, which was the first under the musical direction of Maestro Alastair Willis. Willis did not conduct ...
Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 02:58 am

Torch Tuesday blows the roof off the sucka… respectfully

Nobody can accuse the crowd at Torch Tuesday of not knowing how to party. Springfield’s most prominent showcase for regional hip-hop talent presented the second annual Torch Tuesday Awards on Ja...
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 01:25 pm

Former Black Flag singer is on a tour of state capitals

Henry Rollins is no Abe Lincoln.But that doesn’t stop the 51-year-old punk rock icon, TV personality, author and blogger from incorporating sections of the 16th president’s 1838 speech to ...
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 06:02 pm

Jeff Williams of NIL8 has been creating music and art in Springfield for 30 years

Rock musician. Fine artist. Cycling champion. If lifelong Springfield resident Jeff Williams does not qualify as a genuine renaissance man, he’ll have to do until one comes along. In addition, t...


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