Posts Tagged ‘ballroom’

The Show Report, 10/16: I wanna find one face that ain’t lookin’ through me, I wanna find one place, I wanna spit in the face of these…

October 16, 2009

bruce-springsteen-2Tonight brings a show your humble Show Report writer has been anticipating for a long time: An all-star cast of performers, including members of The Eric Weiler Band, The Bootheel, The BoogeyMen and more combine talents in a Bruce Springsteen tribute at Lindberg’s. Why, you ask? It’s National Boss’s Day, and how better to pay tribute to bosses than to pay tribute to “The Boss.” The night will start with a special treat: An all-acoustic set by Eric Weiler (of The Eric Weiler Band) and Todd Balisle (of The Bootheel) playing all of Springsteen’s 1982 album Nebraska. After that, it’s time to pump fists and shout choruses, and you can bet this word-typing goofball will be in on it at some point.

Lots more after the break, too. Get ready to barhop.

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The Show Report, 10/15: It’s getting hectic

October 15, 2009

Ah, it’s good to have The Steve Ewing Band back in town tonight, especially if you’re among the local masses who remember his days fronting St. Louis-based ska-rock group The Urge. Rockin’ it solo-style now, Ewing’s shows haven’t gone down much in intensity (he’s a little older now, of course, but he still bounds around the stage same as always) and he’s even been known to incorporate the local talent into his shows with guest performers plucked from his opening acts. With The Highest Priest and My Wasted Life sharing the bill tonight at The Outland Ballroom, we can’t wait to see what the results might be. Keep an eye out for some surprise collabos and more than a few old faves.

Also playing tonight:

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The Show Report, 10/13: Let the wellspring flow

October 13, 2009

Cavo_Remmingtons_gsIt’s a good night for creativity’s many forms, Springfield, and you’ll find tonight’s shows are appropriately all over the map. At The Outland Ballroom you’ll find a feisty hard-rock show, singer-songwriter showcasing at Lindberg’s, less structured showcasing at The Outland and Dennis’ Place and more. Click through for the details.

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Newest from Forever Endeavor: Cursive @ Outland Ballroom 11/25

October 13, 2009

CursiveSuch are the benefits of putting on wildly successful shows such as the recent A Day To Remember/Parkway Drive concert: They afford the financial means to bring in smaller-drawing acts for the benefit of the music community. Case in point: The Omaha, Nebraska-based rock group Cursive is coming to The Outland Ballroom for a show November 25 with Capgun Coup and more, one of two new concerts announced by Forever Endeavor Productions this morning. The other show is Outbreak, Soul Control and Only the Brave at Club Neon (1611 N. Campbell Ave.) on November 14. 

Outbreak is about to release its self-titled album November 10 and has a song on the upcoming Saw VI soundtrack, so the band should come to Springfield riding quite the high. It’s the Cursive show that carries the advance-purchase ticket option (psssst, click here to get in on that), and if you were at the band’s last Springfield show you know why. Of course, since then Cursive has release its own new album, Mama I’m Swollen, and even popped its network-TV cherry to boot with a performance on The Late Show With David Letterman last March. Let the anticipation begin.

New Music Tuesday: Meet Bomb the Bay

October 6, 2009
Bomb the Bay

Photo by Brian DeMint of Eyeworks Photography

We mentioned in a previous post that one of the big concerts on Springfield’s horizon was the debut show of newly formed rock group Bomb the Bay, which features a combination of members of A Day Away, Glass Bottom Boat Ride and Playing With Matches. Longtime Springfield showgoers could imagine the fruits of that combo already, but now we have finished and recorded tracks to listen to from the new group. The band released a three-song sampler CD to hand out in promotion of its show November 14 at The Outland Ballroom with Speak Up!, Benefit of a Doubt and Uno. Didn’t get one? Click here to listen to “A Perfect Disaster,” “Spacebar” and “Give It Away.”

The Show Report, 8/13: Off by one day…

August 13, 2009

We narrowly avoided that most dreaded of regularly occurring bad omens: Friday the 13th. Today is Thursday, the 13th of August, putting the curse off course and allowing us to enjoy a broad spectrum of shows free of worry.

We don’t pay attention to that s*** anyway, DeRosh.

Oh, well, neither do I. Who cares if it’s a full moon out? That stuff is for dorks with nothing better to do anyway. (Hides dreamcatcher.) It’s kind of like reading your horoscope, know what I mean? It’s all fake, made-up mumbo-jumbo to get people to spend money and live in fear. (Removes pins from voodoo doll.) What matters tonight is the music anyway, and if you’re looking for some you’re in luck. Peep the lineup after the break.

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The Top 5 Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time, Part 5

August 7, 2009

blondesballroomtimmyAhhh… we’ve reached the pinnacle of The Dirty Blondes‘ videography, and this one may be a bit of a keepsake. You know, if videos of the city’s most out-of-control and raunchy punk band can be. Ranald is back with his last installment of our countdown of The Top 5 Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time, and you can partake in the fornication-inducing awesomeness after the break.

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The Show Report, 8/7: Put that Dirty Blonde wig on, baby. It’s a very sexy night.

August 7, 2009

Dirty Blondes at ArtWalk? Isn’t ArtWalk supposed to be a family-friendly, chill event? Oh, not tonight, chickadees. Tonight the four Dirty Blondes–namely Ranald Ives Cummings III, Renton Fallstaff, Nathan Mattney and Timmy Miano–take over ArtWalk night with the sexiest, sloppiest, most debaucherous show this side of a Tokyo sex show. (Well, it’s good horny punk rock, anyway.) It’s also the last night you’ll ever get to see said show happen, as the band says farewell on The Outland Ballroom’s stage tonight. Joining them will be The Disappointments, who are pulling the double-whammy of a CD release party and farewell show of their own; the immortal Pilot Whale, not seen since his set with Black Box Revue earlier this summer; and The Vagina Massacre, who win the prize for Best Band Name in Springfield and, we’re told, rock at the simulated-concert game Rock Band. They must, since they perform using the game. Expect one hell of a rock show… and, by the end of the night, one hell of a mess. But then, in the world of Dirty Blondes, messy is good.

Ready for more? Come get it:

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The Top Five Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time, Part 4

August 6, 2009

We’re a little more than 24 hours from the final Dirty Blondes show ever, and that means we’re down (up?) to the fourth installment of singer Ranald Ives Cummings III‘s weeklong countdown of the band’s best video moments. What ridiculous, semi-nude and possibly cross-dressing mischief lies ahead? See after the break.

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The Show Report, 8/1: Washington Irving, we barely knew ye

August 1, 2009

Tonight marks the last show for local indie rockers Washington Irving, a farewell at Lindberg’s that also marks a return of sorts for Faatherton and the latest in a steadily growing number of concert appearances for the highly rated Ghost Dance. With singer Brett O’Neal leaving for law school in Illinois, Washington Irving hangs it up with one of the 2008’s best local albums under its belt and, hopefully, a fantastic farewell show to be remembered by. Good luck, guys.

Also happening tonight:

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The Show Report, 7/31: Embrace the weird

July 31, 2009

the-beach-boysDeRosh, why the f*** are you leading off by talking about The Beach Boys? Seriously?! With a killer reunion show, Dalton in town, a CD release and more you wanna start by talking about The Beach Boys?!

There’s a method to my madness here; perhaps not a good method, but a method nonetheless. The Beach Boys represent the first concert of the Ozark Empire Fair, held (natch) at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds at the corner of Grant Avenue and Norton Street on the North Side. It’s these 10-or-so days that bring us some of the most unusual concerts to descend upon the city each year. Still ahead on the docket are shows by Raven Symone, Great White, L.A. Guns, Montgomery Gentry and more. Will you see shows such as those at The Shrine Mosque, Remmington’s Downtown, etc? With the possible exception of the Montgomery Gentry, who are still a significant draw among country artists, the answer is no. But in the family-friendly confines of the Fair, where bands play on a converted dirt-oval race track with the faint glow of carnival-ride lighting invading the stage, truly anything goes. We say soak it in, particularly in the presence of rock ‘n’ roll history such as tonight.

Of course, perhaps best of all, the Fair show starts at 8 p.m., which means you can get out, dash to the car and stand on the gas to get to any or all of the following incredible shows:

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Vids from Future Leader of the World (presented by Z106.7, Ozarks Live and TheFourFour)

July 30, 2009

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So we’re pretty proud that we are finally getting to be able to help present shows. That’s a big step for TheFourFour and hopefully just the beginning. Well, being that we have literally around 20+ gigs of pics and vids to upload, we’ve had A LOT of requests that we posts the pics and vids form the Future Leaders of the World show last Thursday, July 23 at the Outland Ballroom. Click on through and see what I was able to upload on my lunch break. Trust us we have A TON more to share…and time permitting, we’ll have a tons of awesome vids to share over the weekend. Click though to check these out…

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The Show Report, 7/30: The Super-sub

July 30, 2009

There are those unusual moments in music where you see a performer play and excel in different context, something unexpected that only serves to increase your respect for the artist. It’s with that feeling in mind that we give a shout-out to Reed Heron, bass player for local rock stalwarts Speakeasy, who fills in on the four-string tonight with blues/rock group Trash Angels at The Daily Pub. The band just played its last official show with current bassist Landon Rolfe and has a week’s wait before its once-and-future bassist, Eric Guinn, takes over. Though it’s a non-issue this weekend since singer Tiffany Rene and guitarist Donnie Ray will be out of town prepping to record the band’s next album, but tonight is Trash Angels’ weekly Daily Pub gig, and the weekly shows are the bread and butter of the band’s schedule. Heron to the rescue, picking up on the band’s songs and jumping into the lineup for a one-night-only gig. No surprise, really, as his work each Wednesday with the improv-hip hop group Urban Legend has no doubt kept up his chops and ability to learn on the fly, not to mention his stint with the other members of Speakeasy as the backing reggae band for former Jah Roots singer Josh Heinrichs. It should be a good show, and one you’re not likely to see again.

Elsewhere in Springfield’s Music Scene:

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The Show Report, 7/24: The Double-Whammy

July 24, 2009

We don’t envy The Outland Ballroom’s crew tonight. Okay, maybe we do a little. They’ll be called upon to preside over two big-drawing shows, which would exhaust just about everyone except maybe this little guy. On the plus side, they’ve got a front-row seat for Boba Flex, The Dogs Divine, Six Shots Till Dawn and Adara early and Spookie Daly Pride, Roots Of Mankind and BringYourGreenHat late. Not a bad night’s work by any measure. You’ll want to be at the Ballroom at 5 p.m. for doors to the early show and at 9 p.m. for doors to the late show… unless, of course, you’re part of the staff, in which you’re probably already there and settled in for a long, huge night.

If a marathon night of music isn’t to your liking, perhaps one of these shows will tickle your fancy:

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The Dirty Blondes announce final show

July 23, 2009

The Dirty Blondes, The Outland,

It’s been known for some time now that local punk rock stalwarts The Dirty Blondes are splitting up–they even kind of cryptically danced around the subject on The FourFour Show–but in the almost two months since there has been no follow-up announcement. Now, Blondes fans, take solace; you’ll have one last chance to wave goodbye as you (and they) thrash around the room. The Blondes will play their farewell show August 7 at The Outland Ballroom with Pilot Whale, The Disappointments and Rock Band-based, er, rock band The Vagina Massacre. The show will also be the CD release party for The Disappointments, and, if the Blondes’ MySpace blog is to be believed, its farewell, too. Two endings, a new album, a dance party and an impromptu Rock Band showcase… would you want any more from a Dirty Blondes show? You know, besides another show after it?