IllinoisTimes - Music - Tom Irwin Fri, 17 Aug 18 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 That’s fair enough That’s fair enough
 As we move into the second and final weekend of the Illinois State Fair, the fun keeps on coming, even as the original excitement wears down. I think 10 days is a fair amount of time for a fair....]]>
All’s fair in town All’s fair in town
 Yes, folks, it’s that time of year when the Illinois State Fair comes a-callin’ and dominates the atmosphere of the local music scene like nothing else. There’s plenty of live music on our...]]>
August-ing music August-ing music
 Here it is in fine fashion as we roll into August 2018 with Mars and the moon at midnight behind us, plus good music and fine times straight ahead. Who could ask for more?This weekend Decatur is...]]>
Retro music fits Retro music fits
 What a weekend this is with stuff happening everywhere, especially events reliving highlights of the past. But rest assured that the music will be firmly in the present and well-directed toward...]]>
July flying by July flying by
 Here we go again with another week of local music news, happenings, and coming and goings, sometimes filled with sadness and other times bounding with joy.With a heavy heart we report the loss o...]]>
AA Fest A-OK AA Fest A-OK
Per usual, there are many happening things going on this weekend (and during the week for that matter), so get yourself together and get out to experience what you can while you can.In the plethora of...]]>
Jump into July Jump into July
 Once the famed Fourth of July flies by and the corn is several feet past knee height, the summer season kicks into to overdrive, setting up a midsummer sensation of live music revelations.Thursd...]]>
June jangles away June jangles away
 Here we go into the last weekend of June, soaking up fun in the sun, sliding into neon-lit nightclubs, and generally having a whale of a good time swimming in this sea of lively and lovely live...]]>
June jazzed up June jazzed up
 Welcome to the Springfield music scene, all you friendly Illinois Times readers and supporters! This week is another adventure in the diverse and plentiful supply of live music performances in o...]]>
June is jumping June is jumping
 Here comes the ides of June on Friday along with Father’s Day on Sunday and a plain-old Saturday sandwiched in between, all filled with glorious and wonderful live music to share.Let’s go st...]]>
Lake Rumble, Dumb Fest and Moore Lake Rumble, Dumb Fest and Moore
 If May is merry, can June be jolly? I vote yes. And so it seems that the pleasant weather (so far) and plentiful events (keep ‘em coming) are conspiring to make it so – so let’s go!There�...]]>
Giving wine, music and more Giving wine, music and more
 The dominant music happening this weekend is, of course, the Legacy of Giving Festival surrounding the Old State Capitol area on Friday evening and continuing on Saturday from noon to midnight....]]>
Memorable Memorial Day weekend Memorable Memorial Day weekend
 Believe it or not, here we are already at the Memorial Day weekend mark of 2018. Generally considered the “official” start of the summer season, the entertainment lineup is certainly geared...]]>
May music flowers May music flowers
 Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s the rain; more likely it’s both or neither, but whatever is going on, the music always starts to bloom around this time of year. Then everything melds – a...]]>
Made-up music and mom Made-up music and mom
 Welcome to Mother’s Day weekend in the merry month of May. The made-up music comes on strong as several all-original artists take to the stages.Let us first send our heartfelt condolences to t...]]>
May music arrives May music arrives
 With the sudden arrival of summerlike weather we rather skipped over spring, but that’ll happen some years. Now our outdoor venues are in full swing, and we’re watching for clouds from both...]]>
End of April music End of April music
The weather finally decided to act somewhat like April, so our outdoor venues will be kicking into full-on enjoyment mode soon. But music waits for nothing or no one, and, like ol’ man river, “jes...]]>
Varying the venues Varying the venues
 Readers of this column know we spend a good deal of our time listening to live music inside the bars, but rest assured, my friends, many other venues host live music on a regular basis. From chu...]]>
Micky moves and more Micky moves and more
 If you’ve been out and about lately, you’ve surely noticed plenty of stuff going on all over. From last shows to debuts, celebrations of anniversaries and birthdays, and just plain-old gigs,...]]>
April music showers April music showers
 As we roll the rock into the first full weekend of April, there’s music-making galore, coming in all shapes and sizes to fit all needs and desires.Start your weekly music mission off with a ba...]]>
Let’s march into April Let’s march into April
 We are now wiping our hands of March and moving into April this weekend, whether you like it or not. And, yes, April Fools’ Day is on Easter in 2018, so make of that what you will. In the mean...]]>
Mixing it up in March Mixing it up in March
 By now everyone has (hopefully) recovered from the Celtic frenzy of last weekend and is looking forward to a variety of music for our last full weekend of March.Please pay attention now to a Fac...]]>
Green goes the music Green goes the music
 Some folks could care less, I know, but I always enjoy the celebration of jolly St. Patrick, if for nothing else than enjoying music from the Emerald Isle and neighboring islands. If you’re no...]]>
Music marches on Music marches on
With a hip-hop to the hippity-hop, we march on through the not-so-merry month of March with more music than a month might muster, if a month could muster music.For Thursday excitement, Joshua Allen, a...]]>
March music March music
Leave old February behind as we march into March with plenty of live music for the lamb or lion in you. This weekend blues rules at Third Base Sports Bar with two remarkable shows featuring nationally...]]>
So long February music So long February music
 Well, that didn’t take long to wind through the shortest month. Certain parts seemed interminable, but now we look forward (for sure) and back (as needed).For early evening, most excellent Fri...]]>
Home house music Home house music
 As February freezes and thaws, count on the tunes to hold steady and get us through until spring arrives. There are plenty of activities out there, but let’s spend some time on something speci...]]>
No music city limits No music city limits
 A quick look through the Pub Crawl shows an interesting trend of several burgs surrounding the capital city hosting live music at new and old venues. It seems that “get out of town” is takin...]]>
Fabulous February music Fabulous February music
 2018 rolls along its merry way on this roller coaster ride of time, but rest assured that no matter what, the live music offered in town is consistently good and plentiful.On Friday, Austin, Tex...]]>
There goes January There goes January
 I think I blinked and missed it, as we are now in the last week of January 2018. Maybe we can blame the fancy flight of time on our ever-happening live music scene that doesn’t quit.It’s the...]]>