Hello, all of you happy people. Let’s dig straight to see what there is to see and hear this week in our hip, hip music scene.
Thursday immediately emerges as an exceptional evening of local live music. We can start with Rogers & Nienhaus at the Curve Inn, as these two right-wing musicians are nationally renowned, nationally known performers who have playing cards, real deals, and playing every show.
Timo Arthur delivers a subtle yet powerful blues performance in every gig he does, and it’s up to you to experience it solo at the Buzz Bomb, hosted by the Illinois Central Blues Club.
Colt Ford, a nationally renowned modern country artist, takes him to the Boondocks stage for a big, old concert.
The Red Prairie Ramblers play old-fashioned country folk music that burns barns at the Union Theater in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
Local rock groups Positively Fourth Street and Solar Chariot kick off the Folkin Boogie Family Retreat Festival Weekend at the Promised Land Kampground and Music Park near Mechanicsburg with a free evening concert. The groovy good times festival continues all weekend with lots of bands, campsites, food trucks and more at the four day weekend music festival (all skinny is on the ElderBeard MusicWerx FB page) .
Fridays are packed with outdoor bar events and groups that Springfield is known for including Captain Geech at Blue Grouch, Off the Wall at the Long Bridge Golf Course, Highway 615 at the Curve Inn, Unchained at Weebles, Jeff Young and the Bad Grandpas at Pawnee locals and no backup plan at Crows Mill Pub.
In other Friday entertainment, Mike Burnett does Harvest Market Farmhouse Brews, P4S is in George Ranks, acclaimed and cool country artist Ward Davis makes up for it at Boondocks, MIdnight Express rolls in Stockyards VFW and Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer does âsacred and art songsâ for the First Friday concert at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
On Friday in Jacksonville, local favorite Robert Sampson, a traveling bluesman, puts on his own show at Lovejoy Hall on College Street. He calls him Sock-Hoptober and will present an evening of dance classics from the 50s and 60s performed in style by the one and only Robert, the Lefty Preacher. Its FB event page has all the information you need.
Sunday afternoon ushers in a long-awaited moment for fans of singer-songwriter and musician Micah Walk, when Danenberger’s Family Vineyards hosts a record-breaking release celebration for the 2020 winner of Illinois weather The best of Springfield for the songwriter. Micah’s latest album, “Among the Stars”, produced and recorded in August 2020 by Sadler Vaden (Jason Isbell’s guitarist), will be released on all major digital platforms this Friday, October 1. National show of the first single, “Stay with Moi”, is moving forward, and we wish Micah all the best in this exciting endeavor. The show starts at 3 p.m. and features two full group sets, the first covering the album and the second featuring Micah Walk Band favorites. This release is mostly digital only (can we tell it about vinyl?) With a limited number of CDs available for purchase on Sundays.
On Wednesday evening October 6, stroll through New Berlin for free entry to the Sangamon County Fair Fan Appreciation Concert with Riley Green at the Fairgrounds. The country hitmaker’s show during the county fair was canceled, so he graciously agreed to come back and the fair board of directors is hosting the concert to thank the fairgoers for being, well, good fairgoers.
Enjoy! Until next week, be good and be careful and be cool too.