It’s the second weekend in September, which marks the renewal of a Springfield tradition dating back more than a decade: The Greater Ozarks Blues Festival is back. The two-day event brings top-shelf touring blues artists to the Bass Pro Shops Cherokee Street parking lot today and tomorrow, with gates opening this evening at 5:30 p.m. and The Underground Blues Division (this year’s Blues Society of the Ozarks Memphis Bound contest winners) opening the festival at 6:30. Kelly Hunt takes the stage next at 7:45, followed by Friday-night headliner Tab Benoit at 9:30. Does 11 p.m. sound like an early stopping time? Good news: Dennis’ Place (921 W. Sunshine St.), just across the street from the mammoth Bass Pro complex, will be hosting a jam session with today’s and tonight’s participating Bluesfest artists. Given that improvisation and jam sessions are a key component of blues dating back many years–perhaps to its inception, though we weren’t around at the time to vouch for that; we’re talking almost a century there–we have two proud traditions carrying on tonight. Nice running theme, eh?
More, we hear you saying in our heads… or perhaps we just didn’t take our meds today. Either way, your live music itinerary awaits after the break.
* Early Show! Devlin Pierce brings his acoustic set to the Park Central Branch Library at 7 p.m.
* Sylabol7, The Spacetones, AcuMen and J Minista at The Outland Ballroom. Sylabol7 hasn’t played an official concert in Springfield in almost a year, to our knowledge. That alone should be reason to go. Add in local hip hop faves The Spacetones and AcuMen, in what could be the latter’s last or almost-last show, and you’ve got a don’t-miss concert for anyone who loves beats and rhymes.
* Black Box Revue with guests Neon Indian and Oracles at The Outland
* Jalopy‘s farewell show at Patton Alley Pub. You read that right; the group’s bassist, Tony Johnson, is moving to St. Louis soon to be closer to his as-yet-unborn child, and tonight’s show is meant as a sendoff for Johnson and a thank you by the band. Will it be Jalopy’s last show ever? Probably not, but consider it a goodbye-and-good-luck to one of their own and a farewell to regularly scheduled playing.
* John D. Hale Band at Lindberg’s. Has the band played Lindy’s before? We don’t recall it happening, but that could be because when we see the group play we, like the majority of the crowd, partake in a libation or five. We’re fairly certain it’s the group’s first appearance on the Lindberg’s stage, and we’re fairly certain it will be before a room packed full of hard-drinking Red Dirt country music lovers.
* Green Mountain EcoFest Battle of the Bands at Nathan P. Murphy’s. The Green Mountain Eco Festival takes place in Eldridge September 27-29, and this is local music’s chance to send the winning band tonight to the big show. LFDC Funk, The Orange Stone and Saracee will be among those competing for the spot.