Holidays come to the Ballroom and High Life: The Dog People reunites 12/26, Fools Face reunites 12/27


foolsface2There are those names in local music that are forever etched in the minds of the people who saw and heard them, those giants of the scene that transcended success here and gained national recognition, whether for a long time or only briefly. Two such names return for very special shows during Christmas weekend: The Dog People, who play their first show together in years at the Outland Ballroom December 26, and local legends Fools Face, which is set to play a fire-code-bender of a show December 27 at the High Life Live Martini Lounge.

This marks the first time in three years that Fools Face gets back together for a reunion show, something that used to happen annually. The band was a giant in Springfield music in the late ’70s and early ’80s, releasing three LPs and receiving acclaim in Billboard Magazine while opening for acts such as Elvis Costello & the Attractions, the Psychadelic Furs, the Stray Cats and Marshall Crenshaw. Bassist Jim Wirt later became a very successful producer, working with artists such as Incubus, Fiona Apple, Hoobastank, Jack’s Mannequin and a host of others.

The Dog People play together even less frequently, making the 12/26 Ballroom show a cannot-miss. The band recorded two self-produced records in the mid-’80s and includes Michael “Supe” Granda of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, as well as a member of the Rave-Ups (which Molly Ringwald was obsessed with, etching its name in her binder in Sixteen Candles and getting them to perform in Pretty in Pink) and singer turned video producer Jim Wunderle.

Here’s an interesting catch: The members of Fools Face will be in town for a few days following their show, and given past turnouts for their reunions they’re curious about whether or not there would be enough crowd interest in a second show. Location and manner of playing (we dreamed up an acoustic library show, for example) are open for discussion. They just want to know if the crowd interest is there. Hit us up in the comments with ideas and we’ll do our best to relay them all to Fools Face. You could turn a big show into two of them!


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4 Responses to “Holidays come to the Ballroom and High Life: The Dog People reunites 12/26, Fools Face reunites 12/27”

  1. Wilson Says:

    Can you guys put a date on these so I can tell if it’s current or not?


  2. Ross Jacobsmeyer Says:

    Hey! Ross Jacobsmeyer (Glendale High, class of ’78) from Denver here (born and raised in Springfield) Will be in Springfield over the holidays and look forward to seeing FF.

    In fact, just received their Live CD in the mail today from NotLame Records. I think both shows would easily sell out!

    And don’t worry FF guys, I’ll leave my banjo in the car!

  3. shelley Says:

    Gotta say the Dog People are probably the SEXIEST GUYS you will only get to see once a year!!!!!!!! if you are lucky!!!!!!

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